Think of all the over-anxious, extremely stress people who you know.
How would you describe them? Overly sensitive or oblivious.
If the people YOU know who suffers with such conditions, are anything like the people I know?
Oblivious sums them up nicely…
They live and breathe in a total oblivious world!
[via Science Blog]Anxious people have long been classified as “hypersensitive” — they’re thought to be more fearful and feel threatened more easily than their counterparts. But new research from Tel Aviv University shows that the anxious may not be hypersensitive at all — in fact, they may not be sensitive enough.
As part of a study on how the brain processes fear in anxious and non-anxious individuals, Tahl Frenkel, a Ph.D. candidate in TAU’s School of Psychological Sciences and the Adler Center for Research in Child Developmental and Psychopathology, working with her supervisor Prof. Yair Bar-Haim, measured brain activity as study participants were shown images designed to induce fear and anxiety. Using an EEG to measure electrical activity caused by the neuronal activity that represents deep processing of these stimuli, the researchers discovered that the anxious group was actually less stimulated by the images than the non-anxious group.
The results of the study were recently published in Biological Psychology.
Surprisingly, anxious study participants weren’t shown to be as physiologically sensitive to subtle changes in their environment as less fearful individuals, Frenkel explains. She theorizes that anxious people could have a deficit in their threat evaluation capabilities — necessary for effective decision-making and fear regulation — leading to an under-reaction to subtle threatening stimuli. Non-anxious individuals seem to have a subconscious “early warning system,” allowing them to prepare for evolving threats. Essentially, anxious people are “surprised” by fearful stimuli that non-anxious individuals have already subconsciously noticed, analyzed, and evaluated. [Read More]
In other words?
They are, in the end, being reactive individuals when it comes to their environmental stimuli…
Instead of being PRO-active individuals.
And that makes ALL the difference in the world!
[via Squidoo]What is there a difference between reactive and proactive behavior? Reactive means, a person’s behavior is determined by the actions of others or situation. For example, if it is raining outside then you are unhappy, if it is sunny outside then you are happy. [i.e. seasonal affective disorder] If your significant other or co-worker said something to irate you then you become upset and defensive, if they said something nice then you are happy.
Proactive means, a person who will take action, initiate, and anticipate future problems to resolve them. For example, if you know that a report needs to be completed, but the manager hasn’t delegated who should complete the report, a proactive person would initiate a conversation with the manager to decide if he should complete the report. If you know your significant other doesn’t like dishes left in the sink, a proactive person would just wash the dishes. Sounds simple, right? Well, progressing from being a reactive person to a proactive person isn’t as easy as it sounds.
The greatest power that humans have is free will. We make the choice if we want to react or be proactive to any stimuli that we receive from our environment. Our environment includes our: upbringing, current circumstances, and surroundings. If we choose to be reactive about our circumstances, consenting that there is not anything that we can do about our situation, we become passive and do nothing.
Proactive people are motivated by their internal standards that are independent of the actions of others, or their surroundings. Through free will, we can always choose to handle challenging circumstances to improve our personality, and build up our capacity to handle similar circumstances in the future.[Read More]
Tired of being overly anxious and constantly stressed?
Could the key to overcoming these destructive emotions be found through an evolved change in the thinking process?
Will it be easy to become a proactive person when you are used to being a solely reactive person?
When it comes to wolf spiders…
[via Gizmodo] This Horrifying Spider Is The Only One That Carries Her Babies Like a Human Mother Would
It’s also the only spider that carriers her eggs in a round silken globe attached to her abdomen, like a human would carry a growing baby. After a gestation of 9 to 27 days—it varies depending on the temperature—the eggs hatch and the infant spiders move onto the mother’s back until they are old enough to hunt on their own.
These spiders are all around the world, billions of individuals living in gardens everywhere. They are voracious predators, roaming the soil under the ground looking for other spiders and insects to eat. Sometimes, they wander into houses. [Read More]
In this scary as HECATE instance…
Face with this terrifying predatory?
Reactive, Inner Me…
Kicks the butt of Rational, Proactive Me?