3 Reasons Why Trying to Think Your Way Out of Anxiety Doesn't Work
Have you ever tried to convince yourself that you shouldn’t be anxious? That what you are worried about is not logical? How well did it work? For most of us, it is difficult – or even impossible – to think clearly and rationally once we start spiraling down the anxiety rabbit hole. To understand why, it helps to know a bit about the neurobiology of anxiety.
Fear is the automatic reaction to an imminent threat or danger. When a threat is detected, the body’s automatic survival response is activated. When the danger has passed, the fear response naturally calms down.
One of the things that differentiates humans from other species is our ability to imagine what will happen in the future. But that amazing capacity can also get us into trouble when we anticipate what could go wrong.