Can thinking anxiously turn into a habit and personality?
Yes, to both. In fact, that’s exactly why we behave overly anxiously:
- We learn to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and risk in an overly apprehensive way.
- We cope this way so often that it becomes a habit, and therefore, automatic.
- Coping in an overly apprehensive manner for a long period of time begins to ‘feel’ right.
- This aspect of our behavior shapes our personality - the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character.
Learned behavior that is anchored through repetition and reinforcement is the ONLY way anxiety disorder develops! This is evidenced by the fact that we NEVER see anyone come to us who has learned healthy ways of coping with adversity, uncertainty, and risk. Because they have learned to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and risk in healthy ways, they don’t develop anxiety disorder. This fact alone precludes other causes of anxiety disorder.
This is also the reason those who make healthy behavioral change overcome anxiety disorder, including anxiety attacks and panic attacks. It’s all about identifying and exchanging unhealthy coping behaviors with healthy coping behaviors. That’s it!
This is not to suggest that overcoming anxiety disorder is easy or quick. But it is achievable by getting the right information, getting the right help, doing the right work, and applying the necessary effort. Those that do this work, succeed!
If you are finding your anxiety habit intolerable…which it most often is, you can make healthy change. It’s within your ability. All of us at anxietycentre.com have done this, a great many people we’ve worked with have done this, and so can you!
Anxiety disorder is not a life sentence. It is a temporary circumstance caused by unhealthy ways of coping. Making healthy behavioral change eliminates anxiety disorder, anxiety symptoms, and its circumstances…and for good!
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated July 2016.