Anxiety: Challenge by another Name
Does anxiety have a positive or negative effect on our lives? Many people associate anxiety with stress and think of it as a negative thing. Anxiety will sometimes make you have second thoughts about some things you would like to do. For example the author the author turned down something he wanted to do because he was scared, and had ended up feeling depressed. The author then learned to “Do what makes you anxious; don’t do what makes you depressed. Anxiety then deals with a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. The author made some decisions that he wished he could go back on but he didn’t.
When Collier thought about a writing career, a professor urged him to apply to a graduate school and aim a teaching career. Everyday Collier was making and unmaking decisions about what he wanted to do. He then realized that every time he gave up the idea of writing a sinking feeling always went through his body. The thought of graduate school wasn’t what depressed him, it was the thought of giving up on something he really wanted to do deep down in his heart. The author then learned to avoid the kind of depression, having to endure a certain amount of worry and concern. Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard believed that “anxiety always arises when we confront the possibility of our own development.”
It doesn’t matter what age you are we all have feelings of anxiety. Even as young children we discover these feelings. If you were just now learning how to ride a bike, you discovered feelings of anxiety. You were worried if you were going to fall every time you peddled, or how were you going to succeed without mom or dad’s help. Any time it seems that we have that we are set out aggressively to do something we want, we meet up with anxiety. If you put an individual in an anxiety-provoking situation often enough, he will eventually learn that there isn’t anything to be worried about. Collier had discovered this from process...