The Malady of the What If's

Worry is the cognitive, or thinking component of anxiety. Just as each individual has a healthy range and extreme range of body weight, each also has a healthy and extreme range of worry.
Too little worry can often be more harmful than too much worry. We see many examples of the consequences of this in behavior. It is the people that say things that are hurtful, or spend too much money, or drive recklessly, or are sexually promiscuous without considering the outcome. These people always seem to be a disaster looking for a place to happen!
At the other end of this anxiety spectrum are the worriers and the “what if?” people. They tend to be the “nice” people among us that feel over responsible for outcomes. They struggle with obsessive thinking and
exaggerated fears. The worry can be about health, or jobs, or relationships, or finances, etc.

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