Your Anxiety is a Political Issue
Christopher May
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When politicians are accused of “fear mongering”, what they are really doing is encouraging people to make themselves anxious, plug into their fight or flight responses needlessly. In other words to have anxiety disorders. Trump’s whole campaign was this type of encouragement. Anxiety is called a figment of imagination because it’s about things that could happen, but haven’t yet, and often never do. That’s what guys like Limbaugh and the like do a lot of — present people with possible but highly improbable scenarios and encourage them to get angry and support conservatives and Republicans, even against their own best interests. The formula for anxiety is: CATASTROPHIZE + AWFULIZE = ANXIETY. First we imagine something bad happening, and then tell ourselves it would be AWFUL if that did happen (If you said “So what?” you wouldn’t become anxious) Go back and listen to Trump rants and you’ll hear a lot of this. Anxiety comes from making demands of self and life. We all have a right to want what we want, but when we start to demand it, it just sets us up for more emotion than is helpful or necessary (i.e. anxiety disorder) because it creates a bigger gap between our expectations and reality when we don’t get what we want. So be careful to not become demanding of life, or politics. Most of all, learn to have an internal locus of control — recognize that it’s not what others say or do, or what happens or doesn’t that determines how we feel. It’s what we choose to think about such things. And we always have a choice as to what we do. It makes no sense to generate emotion (energy to move) if it will not change what has or is happening, or might in the future. By tying your emotions to events, and what others say and do, or don’t, you put yourself at the mercy of such events, and are probably doomed to feel a lot worse than is helpful or necessary. The trick is to gain control over your emotional thermostat, and set it where it will help instead of work against you. Learn how at: www.itsjustanevent.com