Hardcore Self Help by Robert Duff EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Robert Duff
- Language: English
- Genre: Anxiety Disorders, Anxieties & Phobias, Personal Success
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Ch. 1 WTF is Anxiety Anyway?
Put your imagination hat on, because we are going
back to prehistoric times. I don’t know if you are a dude, a
chick, or somewhere outside the binary, but for simplicity’s
sake, let’s pretend that you are a caveman. You’ve got yourself
a nice little cave with some sick stick figure paintings and a
partner who can light a mean fire with some twigs and stuff.
Well one day you are out in the plains looking for some food
or doing whatever the hell you cavemen do all day and you
decide to drop back by the crib to rest for a bit. You roll up to
the cave and notice some other dude’s loincloth outside. Aw,
hell no. You peek your head in and see that asshole Grock
from down the street about to make your mate reproductively
unavailable for 9 months. Are you just gonna take that? No
way, man. Evolution’s got your back.
As soon as you realize what’s going on, your brain
prompts a neurochemical cascade that kicks your sympathetic
nervous system into overdrive… in other words, you Hulk out.
Your heart pumps massive amounts of blood to your muscles
so you can dash across the room like the Flash, your pupils
adapt to make your vision sharp as a hawk, and before he
knows it, you have that scrawny idiot by the neck.
This is an
example of the infamous fight or flight response. Super useful
for bashing the skulls of would be prehistoric cuckolders or
running for your life from that giant bear that thought you
were going to steal its cubs. Not so useful when you are in the
middle of an exam or taking a crowded elevator up to the 23rd
floor of your office building.
A bit of anxiety is helpful and adaptive. It’s
completely necessary, not only for fight and flight situations,
but also as the force that will kick you in the ass and remind
you that you need to get your report done before the deadline.
Anxiety becomes a problem when it’s triggered seemingly out
of nowhere, when it causes you extreme discomfort, or when it
prevents you from performing successfully in life. Do you
have an exam or deadline at work coming up? First date?
Anxiety is a totally normal reaction to those things. However,
if that anxiety is so crippling that you couldn’t even go on the
date because it felt like your heart was going to explode out of
your chest or you couldn’t stop crying long enough to take
phone calls at work, then it’s probably time to do something
This is the part where I tell you the same boilerplate
message that’s on my voicemail at work: If this is a psychiatric
emergency, please hang up and dial 911. Seriously, though – if
it’s that bad, please please please get some immediate help.
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