Anxiety is created by people’s beliefs and ways of thinking. It is never the feared situation itself that causes anxiety, but the way in which a person thinks about it.
In particular, people’s perceptions of control are really important in determining whether or not they will create anxiety about a particular scenario. As famous psychologist Bandura (1988) stated: “People who believe they can exercise control over potential threats do not conjure up apprehensive cognitions and, hence, are not perturbed by them. But those who believe they cannot manage potential threats experience high levels of anxiety arousal. They tend to dwell on their coping deficiencies and view many aspects of their environment as fraught with danger.”
Many people suffering from common psychological and health-related conditions believe that their symptoms are happening to them and they, consequently, feel completely powerless to improve their situation. This, however, just isn’t true! By joining together new research and unique clinical insights, This gives us a better understanding of what exactly is driving the symptoms and problems.
Research has indeed shown that people’s beliefs and thinking play a huge role in anxiety. In particular sufferers have a strong external locus of control. Locus of control refers to how much control, or power, you believe you have over events in your life. People with an external locus are those who believe that their lives are mostly controlled by fate, luck, chance or powerful others. They don’t see themselves as having the skills and resources to thrive.
When you genuinely understand how your mind works, i.e., the interaction between your thinking, your personality and your feelings, you feel much more in control and empowered. When you recognise that nearly all of your problems, stresses, symptoms and ill-health are either caused or made worse by poorly-managed thinking, you feel fantastic … because you caused these problems, then you can change them!
The assertions and explanations given within the programme are fully backed up by established research. This, together with the exercises and examples used throughout, demonstrates the veracity of the information given, and helps them people to apply the principles to themselves. Working through the programme can be likened to assembling a jigsaw; once you have the pieces and understand how they combine to influence the way you think, it is easy to see the full picture and understand exactly what you need to do in order to Thrive.