Why do we have a fear of the unknown?
What is it about ambiguity that sends us into spirals of anxiety, depression or panic? How do we overcome the unexpected, and the unplanned? If you wake up tomorrow morning and your life is fundamentally different than it is today, how would you fare? Or perhaps that has already happened to you, and now you’re wondering how to deal with your fear of the unknown.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety by Kelly Wilson and Troy Drufrene. We all know this to be true: sometimes things fall apart, crack open, and miss the mark. You can plan and strategize and keep your eye on the horizon, watching for trouble. And nothing can protect you from the fact that things might, when you least expect it, go terribly, horribly wrong. So, how can we learn to accept the unknown? Is it possible to be comfortable in the face of life’s ambiguities? This comprehensive audiobook is packed with in-the-moment strategies listeners with anxiety can use to calm their fears.
What’s in this episode?
In this episode, Kelly and Troy discuss a fascinating mentality that many of us share: the preference for predictable, obvious suffering over the possibility of suffering. Ask yourself: would you rather have a rock fall on your head right now, or be told that a rock may very well fall on your head at any moment during the next week? Even though it’s counter-intuitive, due to our fear of the unknown, many of us would choose to have the rock fall on our head now. Kelly and Troy reveal the thinking behind this mindset and share why ambiguous situations often trigger anxiety. You’ll come to have a better understanding of your fear of the unknown, and learn how to live freely and confidently in a world full of unexpected happenings.
If your house burns down or you lose your life savings in a stock market crash, you’re likely to be pretty upset. But you could also be out of sorts if your house might burn down or your finances might take a turn for the worse. We not only suffer when things actually go terribly, horribly wrong, but we also suffer when they might go wrong.