The process of anxiety
Anxiety is a process in where we are faced with a fear of the unknown future or uncertainty, which then leads us to have poor risk assessment, which leads to feeling nervous creating a degree of discomfort to situations and circumstances.
Common phrases relating to anxiety - “What if?” imagining the worst possible outcome.
“I can’t see a way out of (this / it)” having a negative expectancy and future outcome is problematic and cannot be solved leading to unresolved thoughts going around in circles.
Risk assessment example
An example in risk assessment; If you were to walk on a plank of wood 50cms wide and 4metres long on the ground could you do it? (Yes, of course) If you were to walk on the same plank one metre off the ground and it was stable enough to walk on, would you do it? (Yes, provided it’s stable)
Referring to negative thinking and going around in circles, over and over, the thoughts create feeling anxious. Anxiety is a process using thinking patterns which process feeling anxious, in order to feel anxious, you have to think first!
Create better risk assessment
Hypnosis is used to create better risk assessment and face what you are in control of and the acceptance of what cannot be controlled removing the fear of what is possible and what is probable. To then distinguish that in some circumstances the outcome is better unknown and accepting not knowing is at times to our advantage.
Same risk, different setting and situation
If you were to walk on the same plank stable enough to walk on five stories high between two buildings, would you do it? (I don’t think so I’m scared of the height and what could happen to me). What if five stories high between two buildings you were on one building and the other building was on fire and your child or loved one was on the other side would you walk across? (Of course, I would, I’d save them)
The risk is changed so is the assessment of what could happen if the circumstance was life threatening.
The probable outcome of loss of a loved one (the evaluated risk) was greater than the fear of heights or possibility of harm by not taking action.
Having clarity in thinking and acting accordingly removes the thought pattern leading to anxiety.
The Gordian Pillars of Anxiety
The six pillars represent how anxiety is present in thought patterns and behavior. The pillars can be broken down to remove the patterns leading to anxiety, using Strategic Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
Anxiety is processed by the following pattern distortions;
Avoidant Coping Style- avoiding situations and escaping from environments and decision-making to cope rather than facing the things they have been avoiding.
Global Thinking- taking one experience and making one total rule from a past event or experience that turned out negative, all or nothing thinking, for example; “I can’t see a way out”, “I’m always stressed about (job, person, life) nothing will ever change.”
Internal Orientation-believe in their negative imagination memory stored how they contributed to the past experience, predicts the future negatively.
Ineffective Compartmentalization- Excessive Rumination / Emotional Frame, repetitive thoughts running playing over and over causing a negative emotional thought process. Letting the emotions rule rather than thinking and sorting outside of their negative frame of mind creating a negative reality.
Low Tolerance for Ambiguity- Poor Risk Assessment, Not knowing constant uncertainty language such as “What if?” determining all the probable outcomes as negative. Unable to think outside the probability rather than the possibility and the need to know or predict the outcome of a situation. Making the need for control, to be out of control.
Future Orientation- Negative Expectancy, even if there is a possibility that a positive outcome is real, the thought pattern expectancy is not to accept a positive outcome at all.