Let Me Ask You A Question – 4/12/17

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Let me ask you a question…

If we acknowledge worrying serves no purpose, then why do you think we do it?

75 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 4/12/17

      • Definitely a worrier, my mom us a worrier, I’ve watched her worry my whole life. And parent me out of worry. She was worried, I won’t get home safely. She was worried who I was hanging out with. She was worried that I would break my neck. Yes a certain amount of worry is justified but often times we mimic what we see growing up and it becomes habit. And with any habit you have to work hard to untrain yourself from it.

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      • The biggest problem that I have with it is that it steals my joy in the moment because I am worrying about outcomes that could potentially happen but don’t and you waste the time overthinking and not enjoying. I’ve missed opportunities that could’ve been awesome because I was busy worrying. I’m not saying that you do that, but it’s so insidious.

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      • My weekends get like that sometimes. I stop enjoying Sundays around 2:00 cause I start thinking and worrying about all the things to be done on Monday. I hate it.

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      • I know , she worried even more because she was single and had no support system. But that didn’t matter when it came to me being neurotic about worrying. She didn’t mean to pass that to me but its a fact and it doesn’t mean I love her any less because she did the best she could.

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  1. It’s partly a compulsion, in some cases. Also, I know people who, when faced with a worrying scenario, will simply worry because they don’t know what else to do. I think they think it is better than doing nothing.

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  2. Just the way we are. And, for me, if I’m not worrying about it then it feels like I’m ignoring it, which in turn makes me feel lazy. I don’t like feeling like that, so, when I’m worrying, it feels like I’m at least doing something. That’s a convoluted reason, but accurate, for me at least.

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  3. I think there are two main reasons: One is fear and how it occupies attention. The other is the nearly irresistible itch of an unsolved problem. Oh, I thought of a third, that we have leaned that people will think of us as irresponsible if we don’t worry.

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  4. I was going to say almost the same as bobcabkings….Worrying serves a purpose depending on who is doing the worrying. It can also be seen as caring. You can find out what is most important to people by things in their life they worry about. It does occupy attention and also opens doors for complaining. Some things just can’t be fixed, but the things that can, only have a solution.

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  5. I’m not a psychologist but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express at sometime in my life. I think it might tie into our inherent need for safety and security. I think that worrying can be thought of as a prompt to make a plan that our subconscious sees as needing one.

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    • Well if you stayed at a Holiday Inn your answer goes right up to the top of the list! lol You have brought up a good point here. So worry is the prompt to set a course of action. Then the problem would arise when there is no action but the worrying continues.

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  6. We worry because our mind is telling us something’s not right. Fear, anticipation, compulsion and anything else mentioned above, are all our minds way of telling us to think, plan and act towards the cause of this worry.

    It can be controlled and managed with conscious effort, but ultimately it will always remain to a certain extent as it falls under the ‘fight or flight’ mode.

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  7. Worry is about our inability to control future outcomes. I think that may stem for a primordial concern over food, safety, attack etc. But I would also say that worry is very prevalent nowadays, and that may be because we have access to too much information of things we have no control over ie. North Korea, Vladimir Putin, the refugee crisis, natural disasters etc etc etc. Our brains are not yet sufficiently evolved to handle so much input that is of a “worrying ” nature. Well, that’s enough from me!

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  8. Worrying is part of human nature even though we try as much as possible not to allow ourselves be overtaken by it, we tend to fall back into taking comfort from it somehow like we will feel much better by doing it.

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  9. Worry comes from the Devil. God tells us in Phil 4:6 don’t be anxious, in Matthew 6, Jeremiah 29:11! Yes,I’m anxious, I’m a mother, do I believe God can take it all away along w Depression and BP? Yes! With time, I think it’s a lesson he wants us to hear and give all our worries to him no matter what!

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  10. As someone with empathic tendencies, I think it’s because we hate to see others suffer, be in danger, or get hurt. When someone you care about is in a bad situation, you can’t help but be concerned about them. Now, if your worry is unfounded, that can be a different situation in which you may need to step back and only concern yourself with things that are under your control.

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      • I think it’s learned. That’s why parents cover their kids’ eyes during scary movies – because getting those images in their head may make them afraid of the dark or monsters under their bed or give them nightmares. These are all forms of worry. Also, if everyone responded well to you, you likely wouldn’t worry about others’ opinions much. But when you’re criticized for your differences, that breeds worry that others might do the same.

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