“10 Thought Patterns That Anxious People Possess”
1) Not realising that they’re worrying about trivial concerns.
Firstly, anxious people have a pattern of not only worrying about trivial concerns but not realising that they are doing so. Most, if not all, anxious people often witness their minds running away handcuffed to the wrist of a trivial concern. Anxious people often fail to recognise that this is happening – their heart rate increases, their breathe slows, they find it more difficult to come back to the present moment away from their concerns. This thinking pattern can often lead people to worry about the smallest issues and, upon recognising this, brings great relief.
2) Setting too many expectations / victims of pressure
It’s motivating and beneficial to set expectations for yourself. It’s often been espoused that setting yourself unrealistic expectations will drive you to perform better and reach your goals. But anxious people possess a thinking pattern of setting expectations for areas of their life that are not required nor important – this can often mean forcing oneself to meet someone perfectly on time, or feeding in to the expectations of family members or even others. This unhealthy obsession of concerning oneself with the expectations of others and not aspirational targets is a very common thinking pattern of anxious people.
3) Failing to focus on the present
While most people who are not anxious have no issue inadvertently being ‘present’, anxious people are taken away with their thoughts so far that they often disassociate from the present or even forget to realise that they’re in it. This often takes place where normal people daydream; such as walking outside or even using public transport.
4) Paranoia about external opinions
Anxious people often experience changes in behaviour manifested through thinking about the opinions of others that are often invisible or are not as conflated as they appear to be. Anxious thinking can lead one to be paranoid that others are being judgemental which in itself produces stress, anxiety and an ‘expectation’ to fill. This is often manifested through a change in dress sense, speech or behaviour in general.
5) Obsessing over their own anxiety (anxious about anxiety).
Rather ironically, a pattern of anxiety is its ability to think about itself. Anxious people often fail to recognise they are thinking anxiously but in doing so focus solely on their emotions of anxiety or anxious thinking. If one is not thinking about trivial concerns and sensationalising over them, one is panicking about panicking. This cycle is often unrecognisable but can be stopped.
6) Creating diversionary problems to distract from anxiety
Another pattern is not diving into the cause of one’s anxiety. This results in creating problems concerned with the inconvenience of anxiety in order to create a two-fold distraction from the original cause. This only exacerbates the emotion of anxiety and leads to longer-term suffering. The only way to properly address anxiety is to dive into its cause.
7) Unhealthy habits
Anxious thinking produces a plethora of unhealthy habits such as over-eating or under-eating which is contained within an unhealthy thought process of fear of loss of control.
8) Compulsive thinking
A broader and more umbrella term for describing thought patterns is compulsive thinking – this is where an anxious person experiences a thought and cannot stop thinking about it – it becomes intrusive.
9) Heightened insecurity
Anxious thinking can also conflate insecurities that a person may possess. This is simply a case of worries being intensified.
10) Intense self-awareness
Intense self-awareness is where an anxious person cannot stop focusing on their own mindset. This leads to a situation where intense focus on themselves is irremovable for long periods of time.
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