Psychology Reveals Why We Worry Excessively

If there’s one thing we are always good at, it’s worrying, But why do we do it? Why are we so anxious about the future that often it causes us to develop much worse problems than what we originally had? Sometimes, no matter how we tell ourselves to not think about things, we end up thinking about them even more. Again, why do we worry?


Excessive worrying is a symptom of anxiety and can trigger a panic attack. It takes a toll on our health more than we know. Too much stress or worry can cause our immune system to weaken, making us vulnerable to infections and illnesses. It could also lead to psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Understanding The Psychology Of Worrying | Why Do We Worry?

We Worry To Find Solutions To Our Problems.

“When you’re already worried about something, berating yourself by saying ‘I shouldn’t feel anxious!’ or ‘This is such a stupid thing to worry about!’ isn’t going to make you feel any better,” says Steven D. Tsao, PhD. Some may say “let it be.” Yes, we can do this, but the outcome may not be something that we want. We, people, are intelligent beings, and we know how to get what we desire. That’s why sometimes, even if we know that there’s nothing to worry about, we still do because we want to make things the way we picture them in our mind. We couldn’t settle for a simple, non-complicated solution that’s why we pressure ourselves to think about dealing with a situation.


We Worry To Keep Us Going.

For some people, worrying is a motivation. It is how they function. For instance, Sherlock Holmes. He was a genius detective who gets bored if he was not thinking. He was anxious to solve mysteries, and that’s how he wanted to live. He even got bored whenever he didn’t have a case to solve. Indeed, worrying for some is a way of life. They find answers, and they do it one after the other. It’s what keeps them moving forward.

We Worry Because We Care.

Do we worry about the things that we don’t careabout? No, we don’t because worrying is for people and situations that matter to us. For instance, we worry when a loved one is sick, when a friend is sad, or when our pet is not eating. All these things matter to us. However, if these things happen to strangers, we couldn’t say the feeling would be the same. “There is probably is a biological component to chronic worry, but there is also an early environment component,” says Sandy Taub, PsyD.


We Worry To Avoid Disappointments.

Sometimes, worrying helps us anticipate the unfavorable results. It makes us ready to face whatever fate gives us. For instance, we are anxious when we are waiting for the result of our exams. We may fail, and we may pass – those are the two outcomes. So while waiting, we think about what we should do if we “fail.” It hasn’t happened yet, but we are preparing ourselves for a not so positive result so we would not get caught off guard.

We Worry Because We Know A Lot.

Nowadays, people learn about what’s happening on the other side of the globe. We read about children kidnapped or murdered, people getting shot at, or mothers losing their babies over an unknown illness. These information cause us to worry. We fear that they could happen to us as well, and it’s because we know it could happen.


We understand that worrying can only cause us to spend time harming our body and mind about something that is inevitable, and we couldn’t wait and see what’s going to happen. Maybe we are way beyond intelligent to even fear about our extinction in the next centuries or so. Perhaps to worry is part of being human, and it’s just one of our distinctive characteristics. It would be much better to agree with Ellen Langer, 72, a Harvard University psychologist who studies mind-body interaction and mindfulness, when she said: “I believe the amount of control we have over disease is enormous.”

Marie Miguel
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