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Anxiety - A Sane Response to Life's Inherent Insanity?
Not directly related, but in his quest to understand "the deepest layer of impulses in the soul," Freud came to maintain that what virtually any human act or emotion, impulse or feeling, alone or entwined, requires, if some understanding is to be gleaned, is 'overinterpretation' -- "just as," he wrote, "even dreams are capable of overinterpretation, and indeed demand nothing less than this before they can be fully understood." All human action, he felt, "presumably issues from more than one motive . . . and permits more than one interpretation."
And, I really love that. I take it as a sign that we are "interpreting creatures" longing to make sense of ourselves and all that surrounds us. I think, at its best, this fosters a delight in betterment and exploration. As prone as we are to overinterpretation of the world (both inner and outer) there is a natural reason for doing so, and to do so might even be beneficial in ways far removed from simple fear responses. Could pandemic anxiety be a clue about the nature of our needs?
Personally I've only had it a few times but Ms Adder gets it bad. I remember once I felt that aircraft example, which was strange and unexpected, especially for me... as I've been a passenger in all sorts of aircraft, flown a few myself, have a deep understanding and experience of the industry in all associated areas of airline operations, air traffic control and how, why and what is actually going on with it - yet there I was feeling its rush! I explored it's safe extents, imagined how it might of gone too far, related all that to realities, and despite all of that the only useful thing was just to distract myself LOL
So I think its got something to do with imagination, being able to quickly generate thoroughly immersive models of reality. When appearing as anxiety it probably is fueled by the initial fear and escalated by the imagined, and at some point our brains are confronted with the question of which model of reality is the most real, and the bugger of it is that when experiencing strong emotions our rational mind is
I'm not sure about solutions, but a large part of my path is working with conceptualization and visualization, which both probably makes it worse but might promise some benefit in the
There is very little I can do to control it. The Calming Breath technique makes a small difference but doesn't last. My point is that sometimes it's not about what's happening around you, but rather what's happening inside you.
"The sage does little,
but leaves nothing undone."
We're anxious because we tend to expect things to devolve into catastrophe, and because at a fundamental level, we feel unfit. We feel or believe that we are weak and vulnerable, that we will fail, be overwhelmed, hurt, rejected, and ridiculed. Often we have experienced these events enough times that their certainty is self evident (in our own minds, anyway). We fixate on the dangers and the risks, and we doubt our own resources and capabilities.
And of course we usually try to avoid or escape the situations that trigger our anxiety, which actually reinforces the anxiety, and makes it worse over time.
CBT explores the relationships between our self talk, thoughts, emotions, moods, and behavior. It helps us keep our thinking balanced and reasonable, and to systematically change/improve our behavior over time.
In addition to CBT, ive found that the effort to live a fitness lifestyle (which, for me, includes training in submission grappling) to be invaluable at helping me to deal with my anxiety and with my depression. Theyre both still there but i have tools to handle them and historical proof that i CAN handle them, because fitness is hard (grappling is REALLY hard) and doing things that are hard is real evidence of our ability to handle tough situations.
Plus, fitness makes us objectively "better" people i.e. stronger and more capable.
Anyway, I can personally recommend a book called Mind Over Mood by Christine Padesky.
Or anything by Padesky for that matter, or anything by A.T. Beck.
Beware of unearned wisdom.