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The fallacy of the worries in the anxiety

In our society it is common for people to apply the term anxiety too broadly and to explain many situations, perhaps many times that we move on social labels and we need something always identify what happens to us, to justify it. However, in many of these cases it is an erroneous conceptualization of a problem that is perhaps not as severe or reach to be diagnosed as anxiety disorder within their range of possibilities within the range anxiety.

The issue that we incubate in this post is about the fallacies in the belief that people have suffered generalized anxiety disorder over concerns. It is recalled that excessive concerns are fundamental for the diagnosis of this disorder.

We could say that there are 7 major misconceptions:

1. To think that worry can help you discover ways to avoid that which is feared.

2. Use the concern as a means of solving problems.

3. Use the concern as a means of motivation to an end.

4. Prepare for the next and so protect themselves from negative emotions.

5. Worry about yourself to avoid the occurrence of negative consequences.

6. Use a concern to escape from other more disturbing thoughts.

7. To think that worry is a positive personality trait, worry as synonymous with responsibility.

Before giving way to deny these points, I invite the reader to think about if you have used these strategies ever to justify their concerns. It is noteworthy that these concerns have an effect on the behavior of the individual as it is to reduce the emotional processing, safety behaviors and avoidance, deteriorio running tasks, lower concentration, irritability, sleep disturbances, etc … In some cases can be implementing metapreocupaciones, concern for worry, to give enough topic for another post.

As for the above I leave thinking:

1. Worry about discovering ways typically generates even more fear not normally occur. If you spend the day worrying about things you’re likely to emerge new fears previously unknown. Imagine you are testing and care about the correction method, you give many turns and do your cabals in order to pass rather than get to study and this will generate a conflict when really if you study, you will pass. The correction system will end up being a major fear of the agenda.

2. Worry hinders problem solving. The use of the brain is limited, if you are using cognition to other things we will not be beneficial worse obviously do other tasks. It is like studying while watching television.

3. Other methods motivations much more effective and less cognitive wear. Brace yourself with incentives or some other technique, not with internal ruminations. No more thinking about making a trip you will. Turn on the computer and start looking for flights and travel agents.

4. To think that something negative will happen to all that you will generate discomfort and loss of time to do more productive things. Many times we just do things by irrational fears, such as not taking a plane for fear of falling. Instead of wasting time thinking about it, trying to think of the magazine you will take you during the flight.

5. Magical thinking. Thinking that if I care and I will not spend anything is reinforced because obviously most of the time nothing happens. A mother always just calling to see if your child needs a good trip, reinforces know that has not happened. The problem is the concern and cognitive wear think so anything could have happened.

6. Worry not think about other things only negatively reinforced avoidance of these other problems. Not by putting the dust under the carpet dirt disappears.

7. It is clearly an irrational thought. Fortunately, there are many very responsible people without anxiety.

Try to prioritize your concerns, especially those that do not depend on you to free your mind to other more productive things space, as put to study instead of finding lost this post on the Internet.
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Iván Pico


Graduado en Psicología (UNED). Nº Colegiado G-5480
Diplomado en Ciencias Empresariales (USC).
Máster en Psicología del Trabajo y las Organizaciones. (INESEM)
Técnico Deportivo Nivel II, fútbol sala (RFEF).

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