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Why Anxiety Gnaws

For sentient beings, life means approaching pleasure and avoiding pain. Pain may be physical, or psychological. If psychological, it is perceived as unease, or anxiety. Our vulnerability to anxiety is the biggest threat to our well-being. Escaping from anxiety is a powerful motivator. Why do we suffer so much from anxiety? Read More

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Hi Dr. Barber, Have you ever studied shame? And could you explain the correlation between anxiety and shame if there is one.

When you google the question "what is the master emotion?" without quotes. Shame fills up the pages.

Maybe something like feeling anxiety about a secret. That if found out would cause shame. Could shame be at the root of a lot of anxiety and depression too?

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Nigel Barber, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist as well as the author of Why Parents Matter and The Science of Romance, among other books.

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