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For questions 1 – 8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).
When you are ready write your answers below – in CAPITAL LETTERS. 12 MINUTE TIMER:
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Most people find change unsettling and difficult to adapt (0) __TO__ . Many societies have experienced (1) ____ rapid change in the early years of the 21st century that life can feel very daunting (2) ____ times. Various commentators have (3) ____ forward suggestions for coping with change on a personal level.
One suggestion involves thinking of three solutions to a problem, rather (4)_____ two. Apparently, many people faced (5)_____ change respond by considering two possible courses of action, but invariably tend to reject both of these. However, thinking instead of three potential solutions is a strategy which, according to research, provides a reliable way of finding a solution to the initial problem.
Another strategy advocates learning to avoid set patterns of routine behaviour. Something simple,
(6)_____ taking another route to work at (7)_____ once a week, is seen as encouraging confidence in the face of uncertainty. (8)_____ the simplicity of these ideas, they nevertheless help prepare people mentally to manage major change if necessary.
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