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1, Mar 14, 2011

Developing Your Emotional Intelligence, Part 9

Filed under: Emotional Intelligence — admin @ 12:33 am

Worry and anxiety
If at some point you have been obsessed with a minor issue, making a mountain out of a molehill and you cannot get it out of your mind, you are being consumed and controlled by energy-draining anxiety. Ability to handle and free yourself from your consuming anxiety will not only enhance your productivity but also improve your social relations.

Although the perception of worry has been quite negative, not all worry is bad. Worrying can assist you in reflecting upon and developing positive solutions to problems. On the other hand, chronic worry creates a cycle of anxiety and unproductive obsessive thoughts.

Difference between worry and anxiety
Worry and anxiety are two points on a continuum. When a troublesome thought triggers the emotional brain, worry kicks in. Initially, this may generate constructive reflection. However, further down the continuum, it becomes chronic. Your worry functions as a rehearsal for what may go wrong and provides a risk-free opportunity to evaluate solutions. Your anxiety produces tunnel vision, causing you to be obsessed with a single negative outcome for the problem at hand, which often leads to a dead end.

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