Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad)

Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … it’s OK not to be OK all the time.

This can mean different things to different people but at the very least, it means that the so-called “negative emotions” are normal and appropriate at times.

Further, these “negative emotions” can actually be helpful as this article by Tracy Deniss-Tiwary via the Next Big Idea Club illustrates …

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at The City University of New York. She is also the co-founder and CSO of Wise Therapeutics, a digital therapeutics company that creates casual, accessible mobile games designed to improve mental health.

Below, Tracy shares 5 key insights from her new book, Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad)Listen to the audio version—read by Tracy herself—in the Next Big Idea App.

Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad) by Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

1. Our fallacies about anxiety encourage detrimental coping methods.

Even before the pandemic, debilitating anxiety was rising with no sign of slowing down—this, despite cutting-edge therapies, excellent self-help books, a wealth of science-based wellness practices, and a panoply of anti-anxiety medications. In short, all of this isn’t working.

Mental health professionals have made a terrible mistake by promulgating two key fallacies about anxiety. First, that anxiety is dangerous and destructive, and that the solution to its pain is preventing and eradicating it. And second, that anxiety is a malfunction of happiness and mental health, which, therefore, needs to be fixed.

These fallacies unintentionally harm us, because they make us anxious about anxiety. We try to avoid and suppress it at all costs—which always makes anxiety worse and blocks our ability to find helpful ways of coping. These fallacies also suppress any curiosity about anxiety, or interest in using anxiety for its true purpose: an evolutionarily propelled advantage for protection, and to energize us to be more creative, socially connected, and persistent.

These false views of anxiety have it entirely backwards. The problem isn’t that we feel too anxious—the problem is that we haven’t mastered how to feel anxious…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE