8 Fascinating Facts About Anxiety by PSYBLOG!: 2nd 4

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5. Anxious people jump to conclusions
Highly anxious people jump to conclusions more quickly when judging facial expressions.
A study by Fraley et al., (2006) suggests that anxious people may have problems in their relationships because they jump to conclusions too quickly about facial expressions.
Professor Fraley explained:
“This ‘hair trigger’ style of perceptual sensitivity may be one reason why highly anxious people experience greater conflict in their relationships. The irony is that they have the ability to make their judgments more accurately than less-anxious people, but, because they are so quick to make judgments about others’ emotions, they tend to mistakenly infer other people’s emotional states and intentions.”
6. Anxiety affects balance
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People who experience more severe levels of anxiety also often have problems with their balance. They sometimes feel dizzy for no apparent reason and sway more than others while standing normally.
This often starts in childhood and, because anxiety can be difficult to treat in children, psychologists have started trying to treat the balance problems.
Studies have shown that treating the balance problem can help with the anxiety (Bart et al., 2009).
7. Meditation reduces anxiety
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On top of exercise and thinking differently, those experiencing anxiety can also try meditation.
To pick just one of many recent studies, Zeidan et al. (2013) found that four 20-minute meditation classes were enough to reduce anxiety by up to 39%.
8. Anxiety expands personal space

We all have an invisible field around us that we dislike other people invading.
In front of the face it’s generally about 20-40cm; if others get closer without our permission, it feels weird.
But, researchers have found that for anxious people, their personal space is larger (Sambo & Iannetti, 2013).
So, don’t charge up too close to anxious people, their ‘safety margin’ is larger.
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3 responses to this post.

  1. Boy did I need this article yesterday! 😬 Amazing though the difference meditation can make in calming a highly anxious mind. Transformative, just as effective as any drug, for me anyway.

  2. No side effects either

    Where we place our attention grows where we withdraw withers and dies

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