Constructive Use of Anxiety

The capacity to bear anxiety is important for the individual’s self-realization and for his conquest of his environment. Every person experiences continual shocks and threats to his existence; indeed, self-actualization occurs only at the price of moving ahead despite such shocks. This indicates the constructive use of anxiety.”

— Rollo May, The Meaning of Anxiety (via The School of Anxiety is The School of Greatness)


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Lisa Marie Blair

Painfully aware. Profoundly afraid. Perpetually falling in and out of love with humanity. She/They.

3 thoughts on “Constructive Use of Anxiety”

    1. Oh, there is no “what if”. You are absolutely right and this is a thought pattern I am trying to break. Anxiety over having anxiety before I can even have anxiety is a major hurdle to stepping outside of my comfort zone and living my life fully. In addition, I think many people, including me, identify too much with our anxieties, making them too much a part of who we are. It’s quotes like this, and the video I got it from, that help me put my little fears, worries, and uneasiness into perspective.

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