Anxiety helps to keep you alive and comfortable. If you had no anxiety and were totally unconcerned about achieving your desires, you would tolerate all kinds of obnoxious things, as lack of achievement, disapproval of others, dangerous pursuits, assaults by others, and even attempts to murder you.
Anxiety is a set of uncomfortable feelings and tendencies that makes you aware of unpleasant events likely to happen and warns you to take care.
If you were in danger of losing your job, and desire to keep it, you would take some action: work harder, speak to your boss, seek another job, get friends to intercede for you, plan for self-employment, get additional education or training . . .
Anxiety stems from desiring something and being in danger of not getting it, or not desiring something and being in danger of getting it. Many kinds and degrees of anxiety exist, and some are unhealthy.
Healthy anxiety helps you get more of what you desire and less of what you do not desire. It is very healthy if your anxiety helps you to look when you are crossing the street, drive at reasonable speeds, avoid poisonous food and walk at night in bad neighborhoods.
Healthy anxiety is life preserving, but anxiety can be unhealthy. Someone could run wildly across the street, stumble as he crosses, look in the wrong direction, refuse to cross the street or resort to crazy behavior and get an accident.
Healthy and Unhealthy Anxiety
Healthy anxiety involves caution and vigilance. Unhealthy anxiety comprises panic, terror, horror, phobias, trembling, chocking, numbness and other psychosomatic symptoms alerting you to possible danger but hindering to cope with danger. Healthy anxiety is generally based on realistic or rational fear something bad, even destructive may happen because of inadequate behavior.
Realistic fears warn you about harm if you act in certain ways, and alert you to avoid them.
Many fears are unrealistic or irrational. Suppose you are performing well at work, getting praises and raises, but fear to be fired if you come late to work one time or make a minor mistake. You are converting a minor to a great probability. Unhealthy and unrealistic fears often lead to unhealthy anxiety. People may have unreasonable fears and live miserably because of them.
You can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy anxiety, and rational and irrational fears using probability. Unrealistic fears are exaggerated or overgeneralized and people may see black and white without gray.
Unrealistic anxiety results largely from incorrect reasoning. Panic interferes with action, for example, it may stop you from crossing the street safely or keep you from quality work.
Everyone is prone to realistic and unrealistic fear, and healthy and unhealthy anxiety.