Client: “Whaddya got?”
Therapist (me): Well, how do you know what to worry about?”
Client: "I don’t. That’s the problem, I worry about everything!”
Crazy as it may seem, fear and anxiety sometimes get a bad rap and we forget that they both have a useful purpose in the right situation and right amount. You and I wouldn’t be here today if our ancestors 3,000,000 years ago didn’t have enough sense to pick up a club or run like hell when they heard a rustling in the bushes outside their cave.
A certain amount of anxiety is also useful as it keeps us sharp and alert and safe and can improve performance. Entertainers and athletes use it to psych themselves up to do their best when they perform or compete. Of course, too much of it can result in stage fright or blowing an easy putt or foul shot. If I’m going to drive the 100 miles up the freeway to Phoenix the right amount of anxiety will make me more aware of what’s going on around me and safer. But I also don’t want to be driving 15 mph along the shoulder of the road.
In my next blog I’ll talk a little bit more about fear and anxiety or worry and why it’s important to know the difference between the two. See you then.