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Blockquote Delusion, addiction, obsession _ these are all the mind's desperate and compulsive attempts at generating hope one neurotic tic or obsessive craving at a time.

I can not understand the relationship between the phrase before "one" and the phrase after it, so I can not get the meaning of the sentence.

So could you please explain it to me?

The fuller text is:

"Hopelessness is the root of anxiety, mental illness, and depression.  It is the source of all misery and the cause of all addition...Chronic anxiety is a crisis of hope.   It is the fear of a failed future.  Depression is a crisis of hope.  It is the belief in a meaningless future.  Delusion, addiction, obsession - these are all the mind's desperate and compulsive attempts at generating hope one neurotic tic or obsessive craving at a time."

  Every Thing Is Fcked* A Book About Hope,  Mark Manson

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These are the mind's desperate attempts at generating hope. How do they try and do this? One step at a time: the steps are neurotic tics and obsessive cravings.

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It's a part of the expression one at a time here, meaning not simultaneously, one ('tic' or 'craving' of hope) after another. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/one%20at%20a%20time

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  • Ok. And what is the relationship between this part of sentence and "hope". I still can not get the meaning of last part of the sentence.
    – Peace
    Jun 7 '19 at 10:19
  • I think it's an informal simplification here for 'hopefully' or 'I hope' (hopefully not two or more at once).
    – Alex_ander
    Jun 7 '19 at 10:26
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    No, Hope is the object of generating.
    – Colin Fine
    Jun 7 '19 at 10:56
  • You are right, those tics and craving are actually 'quants' of hope, generated one by one.
    – Alex_ander
    Jun 7 '19 at 11:03

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