x Perfectionist cognitions include expectations about achieving perfection such as, “I can’t stand to make mistakes.” Perfectionistic cognitions appear to play a key role in clinical anxiety ( Perfectionism involves a desire to perform to the highest standards without allowing room for failure. People with perfectionist beliefs tend to beContinue Reading


Indeed, anxiety would not exist without one of the great achievements of human evolution—our ability to imagine and mentally inhabit the uncertain and unknowable future. When anxiety propels us into the future tense, we are often smarter, more focused, and more goal-oriented so that we can snap into action ifContinue Reading

Lack of predictabilityFeeling that you don’t have enough information to make accurate predictions can cause your anxiety to rise. One way to counteract the lack of predictability is to get more information. For example, if you’re experiencing fear of the unknown related to a new school or neighborhood, you mightContinue Reading

Therapy isn’t passive. Scenes in novels and TV shows where therapists just listen to clients vent, nod their heads in approval, and mirror back the same words are stereotypes. Are those cases in fiction where therapists interpret clients’ experiences for them instead of eliciting a client’s own interpretations. With today’sContinue Reading For those with social anxiety disorder, other people represent an enemy. People are adversaries just waiting for that one situation to criticize, belittle, judge, or publicly humiliate them. People are unsafe. The range of social phobia runs the gamut—from those who feel safe only with trusted family members, to those who experience anxiety aroundContinue Reading

One of the best ways to treat anxiety? A full night’s rest, new research suggests. — Big Think (@bigthink) December 4, 2019 Interestingly, variations in the anxiety levels of the well-rested group appeared to correlate with the amount of slow-wave sleep that the participants experienced the night before.Continue Reading