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Anxious Woman (thesuccess, Morguefile)
Indeed, the reaction that underlies worry is the vigilance for potential danger that has, no doubt, been essential for survival over the course of evolution... the task of worrying is to come up with positive solutions for life’s perils by anticipating dangers before they arise.
The difficulty is with chronic, repetitive worries, the kind that recycle on and on and never get any nearer a positive solution.
(Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, p.65)
[Solution given (pp.68-69): self-awareness (spot it); relaxation exercises (practised daily; use when worry starts); critically challenge the worrisome thoughts.]
When you feel doubt and anxiety assailing your inner sky, diminishing your faith and your love, to the point of preventing you from seeing the splendour of creation, imagine you are sending rays of light into this fog; it may be thick, but it will eventually disappear. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
|This is part of a series on Emotion