Non-Pathological Anxiety

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Non- Pathological Anxiety or Normal Anxiety is something that everyone experience at some points of their lives. The situations we face, the people around us etc. are some of the factors that cause anxiety in us. It is our body’s normal reaction to the stress that we experience on a daily basis. It is, in fact, essential to be anxious at certain times, as it helps us stay cautious in situations that can be potentially dangerous.
One of the most common situations where we face anxiety is when our abilities are tested. Let it be examinations, competitions, sports or interviews, our desire to succeed or prove ourselves often make us anxious, and this anxiety often influences our performance in that event or situation. Also, this anxiety level
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Most of our decisions and actions are often influenced by this particular factor. One’s innate need to fit in with or oppose the societal norms often causes anxiety within him or her. A study conducted on 76 female Chinese undergraduate students, confirmed this, as high levels of anxiety and mind wandering was observed in them when they were put under a stereotype threat of men being better than women in mathematics (Feng, Hong, Lu, Tian, Yu and Zheng, 2015). This shows how social norms influence one’s thoughts and actions. Further supporting the fact that people around us influence our thoughts and emotions, a comparisonal study conducted between deaf students and students with normal hearing showed how deaf children showed less peer attachment and thereby less social anxiety than the children with normal hearing (Feng, Hong, Lu, Tian, Yu and Yu, 2015). This was due to the fact that the deaf children were often overprotected by their parents, and therefore had restricted social interactions (Li and Prevatt, 2010). In another study, it was found that this system works both ways i.e. a person’s anxiety levels affects his or her identity development too. It was found that adolescents with higher anxiety levels had issues more issues with identity formation related tasks. Also, such adolescents had more difficulties in forming commitments (Crocetti, Hale, Keijsers, Klimstra and Meeus,
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