Worry: A Gloomy Daydream

Posted on November 3, 2015

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow, it empties today of strength.” - Corrie ten Boom

Worry is essentially negative daydreaming. It is pure imagination. While daydreams make us feel good by imagining positive scenarios, worry is the imagining of terrible scenarios and allowing ourselves to get a taste of how that experience would feel if it came true. We take one clue and misguidedly fast-forward to our worst imagined fear.

Why do we do this? Perhaps we believe that it will somehow prepare us for the worst and protect us from the shock. If there were a tiger in the room, for example, we’d keep our eyes on it, watching its every move — we certainly wouldn’t sit down and read a book in its presence. When we worry, the catastrophe that we fear is like that tiger. We are afraid to take our eyes off of it, just in case it decides to attack.

In reality, though, worry does not prepare us nor protect us from disaster. It simply drains our energy levels and steals our joy.

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Source material from Psych Central