“It is not the presence or absence, the quality, or even the quantity of anxiety which allows predictions as to future mental health or illness; what is significant in this respect is only the ability to deal with the anxiety… by mastery instead of retreat.” -Anna Freud (1965)


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Fear has a purpose: Self-preservation. When there is real, objective danger staring you in the face, fear is what kicks you into the famous "flight-or-fight" mode.

All of us have deeply unhelpful inner voices inside us, dragging us down with criticisms and unfair accusations. Wisdom involves learning how to replace them with more benevolent guides.
Most of us are aware that, around certain topics, we're uncomfortably easily 'triggered', that is, we react with far too much emotion to situations that don't call for it. Learning not to be so swiftly triggered means looking back into our past to understand the origins of our behaviour - and being confident that what now feels 'automatic' is in fact very changeable once we grasp where it comes from.
Many of us have had such difficult starts in life, we are unable to find the serenity and security we need to approach every new day with a reasonable degree of confidence. A short film to boost our sense that things can and will be OK.
It's all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need - at points - to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation.

Dr. Russ Harris, Acceptance & Commitment Therapist, explains the struggle switch metaphor.

CBT Therapist and OCD treatment specialist, Katie d'Ath, introduces the concept of habituation - explaining how trying to reduce anxiety/discomfort/disgust only helps in the short-term.

Why your brain loves giving you intrusive thoughts and what you can do about it.