The Endless Alarm
In all animals, anxiety signals a possibility of harm, deprivation, or sexual failure.
In social animals, it signals a possibility of abandonment or loss of status.
Anxiety tells us to pay attention, something different might happen.
Without anxiety, we could be killed crossing the street.
Beneficial anxiety tells us to improve:
Self-acceptance – we’re too self-critical
Self-care – we need to sleep, eat-well, exercise, practice self-compassion
Relationships – we need to be more compassionate, kind, loving, fair.
All signals mean something bad will happen…
And I won’t be able to cope with it.
Scanning – taking in a lot of superficial information (hard to focus)
Thought-racing – the faster they go, the less realistic they get
Thought-looping – thinking the same things over and over
Self-consciousness – I might be judged
Vigilance – judging others
A sense that you won’t be able to cope.
A lot of resentment and anger is anxiety we blame on others…
Something bad will happen and it’s your fault!
Blame creates more anxiety and deteriorates relationships.
The Way Out
Core Value Reconditioning prevents some anxiety.
Additional skills help regulate the anxiety reconditioning can’t prevent.
- Anxiety, the Endless Alarm
- How to Overcome Anxiety
- The Urge to Control and Resist
- Anxiety and Depression
- Anxiety and Good Will in Families
- Anxiety Mobile Reminder
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