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Too much of a good thing - when virtue becomes vice

The art of self-reflection prevents strengths from becoming self-defeating weaknesses

It may be over-exercising, eating a favourite dish too often or being on a long boat cruise - we know and feel it when we have "too much of a good thing". This is that experience of something good becoming bad when the amount is excessive or when we do too much of it.

Too much of a desirable thing that is otherwise enjoyable or beneficial can end up in unpleasant experiences, even harmful consequences. Not just in exercise, food and travel, but also in daily situations. Keep making your password more complex to increase security and you end up having difficulty accessing your computer. Or think about what happens when you spend too much time with your partner.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2018, with the headline 'Too much of a good thing - when virtue becomes vice'. Print Edition | Subscribe