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You could call the times we live in, the second “Age of Anxiety." 

This blog has taken the position that much of the ill-feelings we experience are due to exaggerated entitlement. We’re bound to be anxious when we feel entitled to control how other people think and what they say. When we inevitably fail to control others, we’re certain to feel resentful.

Anxiety is the first signal of the mammalian alarm system. In all animals it signals a possibility of harm, deprivation, or sexual failure. In social animals it signals possible (not probable) isolation or abandonment. In humans it signals loss of status and esteem. 

Problem Anxiety

The benefits of anxiety are lost when we construe it as a stop signal – a red light – rather than a caution signal – a yellow light. When that happens, we can be paralyzed by anxiety rather than motivated to improve health, well-being, and safety.

In problem anxiety, all signals mean that something bad will happen and I won’t be able to cope with it, or the cost of coping will be too great.

                                 Importance x Unknown x Perceived ability to cope



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Anxiety is universal. Anxiety is an emotion that comes from fear. We all have emotions: Fear, Anger, Shame, Happy, Sad.

Emotions can be good and bad. As the author points out they can warn us or they can consume us in detrimental ways. If we feel that life should be easy, fair and painless and we should always get what we want, this lowers our threshold to anxiety and leads to the quick fix or mood changer of substances and other behaviors.

For the chemical abuser that is capable of articulating why they abuse substances, they might say, "Anxiety."

"A fool vents all their feelings, but a wise person holds them in control." Proverbs 29:11
Proverbs uses the word, "All," because it knows that emotions are not all bad, they are warning signals, but acting as if all of them are dangerous is where we go wrong.

Addictions always serve and emotional purpose and that purpose is to regain control over anxious, overwhelming feelings of helplessness, feeling trapped, powerless and out of control. Addictive behaviors are simply coping behaviors to regain control of our feelings. They are called substitute or displaced behaviors that take the place of more direct healthy behaviors that empower us to regain control of our feelings. 

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Change your thinking and change your life. (Don’t conform, transform!)
Our thinking determines our feelings and our feelings determine our actions.
When your values trump your addiction, there is no addiction.




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Our thinking determines our feelings and our feelings determine our actions.
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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