Feeling Anxious? Try This Science-Based Technique to Quiet the Negative Voice in Your Head

Harvard researchers reveal the strange, reverse, logic of anxiety. Here’s how you can use this insight to transform your experience of fear, worry, and anxiety.

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When it comes to anxiety, we’ve got everything backwards.

Just consider the last time you felt a wave of raw fear minutes before a big presentation or a difficult conversation. If you’re like most people, your first instinct was to say to yourself, “Stop freaking out. Calm down.”

And yet, according to Harvard Business School professor Allison Wood Brooks, this is exactly the wrong thing to do. Her research shows that shifting from anxiety, a negative state of high arousal, to calm, a positive state of low arousal, is both extremely difficult and counterproductive more…

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