Sunday, December 28, 2008

Emotional magnifier

I have found that being continously anxious can be an emotional magnifier. Since I'm keyed up all the time, I overreact to situations other people would handle more calmly.

For example, when a friend arrives a half-hour late, most people would find that irritating—but not a huge deal. For me, ever worrying and always "on," the emotion is "amplified," and I make a late arrival much more of an issue than it should be! So calming my anxiety is key to not overreacting in all other aspects of life.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Emotionally magnifying is definitely a problem for me that is related to my anxiety. There is sometimes a positive aspect to this if it motivates me to confront an important problem directly, but I always have an emotional and physical price to pay.

Unfortunately because of my overreaction, I often focus primarily negative energy on the situation. I obsess about the issue and I lose sleep and it negatively impacts my health.

How to keep things from being emotionally magnified is definitely my challenge.

Thanks so much for your blog . . .Sally

D said...

Hi, Sally. Yes, we people with anxiety need to find ways to be calmer and think more positively. That's for sure :)