I live in the Virginia piedmont - lots of rolling hills, few flat areas, and an occasional short but nasty hill.
All of my favorite rides seem to have at least one short but nasty hill within the final few miles of the ride. I find myself thinking about these hills well before I actually get to them ... and I almost dread them since I know that by the time I get to them, I'll be at the stage in the ride where I'm beginning to fade. I say these hills are "mental" because I think I "over-think" them. I've never failed to make it over these hills and usually once I'm over them I realize it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.
Do you have a "mental" hill and, if so, how do you deal with it?