Overcoming Anxiety with Psychology

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– Professor Jun Hong Lu JP

According to psychology, we need to learn to repress the memories and residual emotions that make us anxious. In fact, this is a form of protection that is outside of our self-consciousness, a method that prevents our minds from being disturbed by external circumstances. In my personal opinion, we need to actively forget our residual emotions, frustrations, and desires. This is called motivated forgetting, which can help you quickly relieve your mental stress and inhibit the fluctuation of your emotions.

Humans tend to have a kind of chaotic desire. This kind of desire is actually stored in your unconscious mind. Since you do not know that these afflictions have entered the deep layers of your mind, you will experience a strong bout of repression when you encounter external stimulants that trigger your worries or that clash with the desires in your deeper consciousness. These bouts of repression can appear in your dreams, causing nightmares and depression. The clinical expression of this includes slips of the tongue, errors in behaviours, or psychopathological symptoms. In psychology, these are called “chaotic desires”.

A person who often cannot control their desires and emotions likely has anxiety, which is difficult for them to recover from within a short period of time. It usually persists for a day to roughly a week. So how to overcome it? According to psychology, anxiety can be resolved by displacement of anger from one person to another. This is why there are so many people getting into arguments with others when they get angry. However, this will indirectly hurt another person’s normal thinking and reflect another kind of unhealthy and negative thinking, therefore affecting your calm state of mind, causing you to become even more anxious. Even though this can gratify the immediate wish of reducing your anxiety, your irrational and negative energy will indirectly harm you again. Hence, this is not a useful method of displacement.

The most effective and positive way to displace your disturbing emotions is to increase your control over your deep-seated negative emotions and shift your interest to the things or people that you are usually interested in. This is a safe form of ‘displacement’ in psychology.