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How do you get rid of the pain?
The quickest way to get away from something you don’t want (e.g., anxiety) is to avoid or escape from it.
After all, this is what your cat or dog does whenever it is afraid or scared.
Avoiding things seems to work — you feel instant relief and your anxiety lessens.
But if it works, why does the anxiety persist?
When people feel anxiety they just want to get rid of it — they do not like how they think and feel.
You can see that people who feel anxious will try to do things to reduce or control any anxious thoughts and feelings.
They will want to avoid any experience of anxious thoughts and feelings. They will do things that help them limit the probability, intensity or duration of experiencing anxiety.
But wherever they go, the anxiety goes with them. People simply cannot escape from their psychological experiences — their thoughts and feelings.
Because of their thoughts and feelings, the outcome is:
So, anxiety will persist.
What you can do:
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