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Jul 20th, 2011

Anxiety – Part 3

(Car Crash Example cont.)

The chance of being hit a second time in the same circumstances is almost non-existent. But the point is that the accident has conditioned your mind to fire the stress response whenever a similar situation arises. This sort of unrealistic fear is the source of anxiety. Our lives are full of the conditions that cause it. Perhaps as a child you were punished for sleeping in class, so that whenever you relax you always feel guilty about it. Or you might have once ben bitten by a dog, leaving you terrified of all dogs. Anxiety might even be caused by a quite unrealistic fear, such as the threat of failing a job interview.

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