THE ORIGIN OF YOUR ANXIOUS FEELINGS
As you probably know, anxiety can take many forms and has many faces. It can manifest as a consistent crippling worry, other times a strong irrational fear, or maybe an overhanging threat of spontaneous panic attacks. Yet no matter what shape anxiety takes, one symptom is truly universal:
A tendency towards anxious thinking.
Maybe this fact seems very obvious now that you read it, and I made it out to be a big surprise for no reason… I hear you:
“Of course anxious thinking is part of anxiety disorders, it’s right there in the phrase, isn’t it.”
But you might be surprised to hear that most people have no idea that they engage in anxious thinking. A scary thought once you come to understand that anxiety is by and large a product of our faulty thinking.
This is why cognitive therapy has been so successful in treating both anxiety and depression, it teaches us to change the way we fundamentally think about ourselves and our surroundings. This in turn causes a radical change in our feelings and reactions.
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