When I was a little kid, my annoying older brother used to warn me about the monster hiding under my bed—you know, the kind that only comes out at night and gobbles up frightened little boys. As a result, I don’t think I ever looked under there, even in the daylight (and it amazed me that my mom would actually get under there to clean!).  

Anyway, the idea was that if I didn’t look under the bed, the monster wouldn’t know I was there and thus would not serve me up as its latest culinary delight. And you know, this particular form of avoidance worked well, because—as you probably guessed—I never did have an encounter with that monster.

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