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Western Anxiety Makes for an Unexpectedly Smooth G7 Summit

Western Anxiety Makes for an Unexpectedly Smooth G7 Summit

The Group of 7 summit that ended on Saturday went extraordinarily smoothly by the standards of a gathering where the leaders of major powers come together. That was a measure of the anxiety the leaders feel about deteriorating trends in Ukraine, in the Middle East, in China and in their own political futures. There was a dispute over the use of the word “abortion” in the communiqué, prompted by the host, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of Italy, but that was seen as a gesture to her domestic constituency. On important issues of geopolitics, there was little that divided the group. President Biden may appear politically vulnerable and uncertain of re-election, but this summit meeting was another example of unchallenged American leadership of the West, especially on contentious issues of war and peace. With the main headlines about new support for Ukraine — a $50 billion injection built on the money earned from frozen Russian assets, and long-term security pacts with Ukraine signed by the United States and Japan — this gathering was just the first …

The 1 Thing You Should Never, Ever Text Someone With Anxiety

The 1 Thing You Should Never, Ever Text Someone With Anxiety

Texts are inherently difficult to decipher. Unlike in-person interactions or phone calls, these brief, digital messages lack many nonverbal cues ― such as eye contact, gestures or a smile ― that provide important context for what a person’s trying to say. As a result, texts often go misunderstood and, in some cases, are relationship killers, research has found. For people with anxiety, texting can be particularly tricky to navigate. Though communicating digitally may alleviate feelings of anxiety by helping people feel less self-conscious or inhibited, the ambiguity of some text messages can also cause people with anxiety to fill in the gaps and interpret vague messages more negatively than they were intended to be. This, in turn, can spike anxiety levels. One of the worst texts to send with someone with anxiety: “Can we talk?” If you have anxiety, this might have just sent a shiver down your spine. If you don’t, you may be wondering why the heck this even matters. Below, therapists break it all down. Why This Can Be So Triggering For …

If You’re Anxious About Your Relationship, Repeat These 9 Affirmations Daily | Perrin Elisha

If You’re Anxious About Your Relationship, Repeat These 9 Affirmations Daily | Perrin Elisha

When anxiety about your relationship attacks, there is a solution to curb those anxious feelings: positive affirmations. While we don’t choose our feelings, we do choose our belief systems and our belief systems give rise to our feelings and reactions to situations. Attachment theory is the scientific theory that describes how humans bond. Scientists group people into roughly four attachment styles: secure, avoidant, anxious, or disorganized. Although your attachment style was largely formed as a response to your parents and your sense of safety (or lack thereof) as a child, your goal is to form what we call a securely functioning adult attachment. So, if you want a happy and awesome long-term commitment with one person, you need to learn how to deal with anxiety. Take a page from the beliefs and words of affirmation used by securely functioning individuals. There are certain beliefs that securely functioning people tend to rely on that guide their dating and attachment behavior. If you don’t immediately feel these to be true for you, ask yourself how you might …

Self-determination buffers against death anxiety and enhances well-being

Self-determination buffers against death anxiety and enhances well-being

A series of seven studies published in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology examined the link between existential anxiety and self-determination, exploring how individuals’ autonomy over their lives may mitigate the unsettling knowledge of inevitable death. Awareness of one’s mortality is a profound and universal human experience that can influence psychological well-being. In this work, Kenneth E. Vail III and Dylan E. Horner weaved together self-determination and terror management theory to explore how agency and existential anxiety can influence happiness and life satisfaction. In Study 1, a total of 160 participants viewed song titles that were either neural or related to death, as a means of inducing mortality salience. They completed a word-stem completion task designed to measure death-thought accessibility (DTA). Participants completed word stems like “COFF___” that could be neutrally completed as “COFFEE” or death-related as “COFFIN.” A higher number of death-related completions indicates greater DTA. Additionally, participants’ psychological needs satisfaction across autonomy, competence, and relatedness was assessed using a 21-item measure (e.g., “I feel like I am free to decide for myself …

Psychedelic toxins from toads could treat depression and anxiety

Psychedelic toxins from toads could treat depression and anxiety

This desert-roaming toad releases a compound with potential benefits similar to those from LSD and psilocybin Milan Zygmunt/Shutterstock A psychedelic compound secreted by a poisonous toad could help treat depression and anxiety, according to a study in mice. When frightened, Colorado river toads (Incilius alvarius) release a hallucinogenic compound related to the drug DMT from glands in their skin. DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is similar in structure and effects to psilocybin, a hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms”. Colorado river toads live in and around the Sonoran desert spanning parts of Arizona, California and Mexico, and people seeking out the groovy effects of the substance may either lick the toads directly, or extract the venom, dry it and smoke it. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York investigated the potential health benefits of the toad secretions. We know that psychedelics like psilocybin can treat depression in some people, but it isn’t fully clear why this compound helps. However, it appears to interact with serotonin receptors and reset the activity of neural circuits in the brain. Most …

Untangling the complex relationship between anxiety and right-wing populism

Untangling the complex relationship between anxiety and right-wing populism

A new study published in American Behavioral Scientist sheds light on the relationship between anxiety and support for right-wing populist parties. The findings highlight that anxiety plays a significant role in shaping contradictory attitudes, driving both authoritarian submission and anti-elitism in different contexts. Previous research has shown conflicting evidence regarding the link between anxiety and support for right-wing populist parties. The new study aimed to clarify this relationship by examining how two seemingly opposing subdimensions of right-wing ideology — authoritarian submission and anti-elitism — mediate the influence of anxiety on support for right-wing populist parties. “Right-wing populist parties are on the rise in many countries around the world, including Germany. We wanted to understand why these parties are gaining so much support,” said study author Susanne Veit, the head of the DeZIM.lab and co-head of DeZIM Cluster Data-Methods-Monitoring at the DeZIM Institute in Berlin. The study involved an online survey of 1,879 German citizens in December 2020. The sample was carefully selected to represent the German electorate by considering age, gender, education, and geographic region. …

Cognitive flexibility impaired in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to new research

Cognitive flexibility impaired in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to new research

Recent research published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research has provided insights into the cognitive impairments associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The study demonstrated that individuals with GAD exhibit significant difficulties with cognitive flexibility and show a heightened ability to recognize negative emotions, such as disgust and anger. Although these cognitive predictors cannot replace existing diagnostic tools, they highlight the significant impact of anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities, which is out of proportion to the actual likelihood or impact of the feared events. People with GAD find it difficult to control their worry, and this anxiety and worry are associated with physical symptoms such as restlessness, being easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances. This disorder significantly interferes with daily activities and can cause distress in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Despite the high prevalence of GAD in primary care settings and its substantial impact on individuals’ lives, there …

Stand-up comedians display heightened anxiety, substance use problems, and malignant self-regard

Stand-up comedians display heightened anxiety, substance use problems, and malignant self-regard

In a recent study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers investigated the psychological makeup of comedians, comparing them to a control group from the general population. The research indicates that while comedians do exhibit some dysfunctional traits and mental health issues, these characteristics might be more closely associated with residing in New York City than with their profession as comedians. The perception of comedians as inherently troubled and psychologically distressed has been influenced by anecdotal evidence and high-profile cases like the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. Previous research has often painted comedians as melancholic or dysfunctional, particularly highlighting a narrative where comedy stems from pain and suffering. This study was conducted to assess these claims with empirical data. Researchers at St. John’s University recruited 108 comedians through social media and in-person channels and compared them with 99 adults from the general population. Participants completed various questionnaires online, which measured demographic backgrounds, psychiatric history, personality traits (using the Big Five Inventory), and personality dysfunction (using the Personality Inventory for DSM-5). The researchers also …

These 7 iPhone Features Helped Me Overcome Travel Anxiety

These 7 iPhone Features Helped Me Overcome Travel Anxiety

Key Takeaways Use built-in apps like Notes and Files to store important information and offline copies of documents for quick access anytime. Translate foreign text and conversations with your iPhone’s text scanner and Translate app. Stay safe by setting up Location Sharing and Emergency SOS, and enable Low Power Mode to help your iPhone’s battery last. The unknown variables that come with traveling can be both exciting and anxiety-inducing, but your iPhone can help you in many ways. Below, I’ll list some handy iPhone features I use to help put some of my traveling worries to rest. 1 The Notes App to Keep a Packing Checklist I often worry that I might forget my fast charger or even my jacket, especially when I’m staying in more than one hotel. To avoid this, I tend to re-pack everything a few times during my trip. I use the Notes app to keep a handy packing checklist because my iPhone is the one thing I definitely won’t accidentally leave behind. Before checking out of a hotel, I’ll review …

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression by Lillyin Love

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression by Lillyin Love

Book Review: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression by Lillyin Love Imagine a wise, warm-hearted friend gently taking your hand and guiding you step-by-step out of the darkness of anxiety and depression. That is the experience of reading Lillyin Love’s latest book Overcoming Anxiety and Depression. With empathy, expertise, and an abundance of creative exercises, Lillyin Love acts as a compassionate companion on a transformative journey to emotional wellbeing. From the opening chapter, you are made to feel understood, validated, and hopeful. Lillyin Love doesn’t diminish the realities of anxiety and depression, but approaches them as formidable yet conquerable challenges. Her tone is caring but resolute – these are “storms” that can be weathered with the proper knowledge, tools, and perseverance. Lillyin’s wisdom is forged from personal experience as well as years spent facilitating innovative therapies like the parrot-human bonding that gained her national acclaim. What makes this book shine is its multifaceted, holistic approach. Like an emotional Swiss Army knife, Lillyin Love supplies us with a vast array of evidence-based strategies to combat the varied symptoms …