Believe it or not, there are actually certain beneficial character traits which a person can develop as a result of their anxiety and they can use these personality traits to their advantage. Several of the personality traits which shall be detailed within this article can be employed to allow a person to become a valuable asset at work and in personal relationships.
However, an even more useful reason to identify the positive aspects of having anxiety is to help a person overcome the condition.
It's incredibly difficult to overcome anxiety as the condition itself can cause a person to become extremely negative, both about their prospects and themselves as a person. Furthermore, anxiety is an extremely cyclical condition and many anxieties sufferers (after their first attack) simply become anxious about being anxious.
This is because they recognize and focus on the widely published, both online and in-print, negative connotations which partner the condition. Evidently, it's imperative that anxiety victims are given the opportunity to identify and focus on any positive aspects of the condition, so that they can retain a positive mind during their recovery from the condition. This is all part of a process to help develop a positive mental attitude (PMA) which will encourage self-esteem growth, positivity and become a valuable aid during the recovery process.
Below I will discuss the character traits an anxious person may develop, as well as explain why said habits can have a positive influence in the everyday life of a sufferer. Identification and emphasis on these character visits will help to reduce the stress and pressure of being an anxiety sufferer and allow a sufferer to employ the aforementioned character traits to improve the quality of their life.
By it's very nature, anxiety is a condition which renders the sufferer extremely conscientious. A sufferer will display much greater angst over everyday concerns – such as being late for work or not completing a project – than a non-anxiety sufferer. The generation of this angst ensures a sufferer will be punctual, resilient and extremely determined to complete any given tasks both on time and to a high standard as this will ease their emotional feelings and leave them with a much desired sense of accomplishment. Thus people with anxiety can become valuable commodities to a company and achieve great success in their field because of the angst which drives them to succeed and satisfies any requests given.
As many people with anxiety fret about the opinion and judgment of their peers, many sufferers will strive to gain approval which can lead to a heightened level observational skill. A promin method employed by anxiety victims to gain the approval of their peers – as well as to detract attention from their own anxiety – is to offer compliments. This can build a person's observational skill as they begin to recognize minor changes in the people around them. Having suffering from anxiety myself, and having known a community of anxiety sufferers, I feel confident enough to state that anxiety victims will be the first to recognize if a person has a new haircut or is wearing a new pair of shoes. I theorize that this heightened observational skill develops because the sufferer constantly seeks out a way to complete a person in order to gain their friendship and trust and as such regularly watches for physical characteristics to praise. Sometimes a person begins to simply notice these little physical features and minute changes subconsciously, allowing them a higher sense of observational skill which can lead to a strong rapport with co-workers, deeper friendships and happier relationships.
Anxiety is a reaction generated by your brain to a perceivable (often non-existent) sense of danger. Basically, during an anxiety attack a person's brain is activating their fight-vs-flight response and inducing a feeling of intense panic so that they remove themselves from the danger – which can of course be problematic in everyday life. However, it is important to note that, while this perceived danger is often non-existent, an anxiety sufferer is extremely in tune with the environment around them and then when danger is present an anxiety sufferer will be much more aware of this and as such will be able to quickly identify the most productive way to remain safe. This can be an incredible benefit in a person's personal life as it allows them to ensure their family and / or friends avoid danger and stay safe.
Now most anxieties sufferers have low self-esteem, and they're usually very self aware and extremely conscious of what they say to others. This is a highly underrated skill. It is often recommended to people that they “think before you speak” so that people do not say regret later; however, because an anxiety sufferer has a high level of self-awareness and an intense desire to gain approval, many sufferers select their words carefully. This allows anxieties sufferers to fit in to almost any social or professional situation because they're reliable and trustworthy to maintain the correct level of respect in said situations. Following on, another extremely underrated quality is the ability to be self-aware. Anxiety sufferers recognize their weaknesses which grants them the somewhat unique ability to instantly identify areas which require improvement which can allow for unpreceded development and progress in a professional capacity.
Due to a combination of excellent self-awareness and an eagerness to please people allows anxiety victims to become exceptional listeners and trusted advisers. Many anxiety victims will allow people to confide in them – high levels of empathy also – and will often carefully selected advice in a bid to help the speaker; however, more importantly, many anxiety victims will retain any information awarded to them with the utmost confidentiality. This is because an anxiety sufferer will worry about the consequences of revealing a person's private information and as such would prefer to keep this information to him / herself. The ability to be confidential is a wonderful character trait and can lead to the development of strong friendships and relationships.
Many anxiety victims house the valuable ability to offer extreme kindness to their peers. This ability stems from the desire to gain the approval of other people by paying compliments and demonstrating a degree of empathy. As many anxiety patients are aware of their condition and the detrimental affect it can have on their life, they're much more understanding of the pain and problems of their surrounding peer group and often strive to help out whenever possible to ensure that people enjoy a better quality of life. Anxiety sufferers require support and so they also understand the need for it and generally offer it also; however, the most predominant aspect of this understanding of the need for support is that the anxiety sufferer has the ability to put a person at ease about the stigma of receiving support as they themselves receive support and as such can relate. The level of support, empathy and kindness displayed by many anxieties sufferers can lead to beneficial relationships in both their professional and personal lives.
Many anxieties sufferers worry suffering from anxiety and it can erode their self-esteem; however, it's important that they remember the beneficial skills which make them a wonderful friend, a great asset at work and an extremely valued person. By identifying these benefits it'll help them in their battle to overcome anxiety, a battle they can and will win.