You may wonder why control can work so well with the demands and strains of the world and yet be so ineffective with anxiety and other forms of emotional pain. The answer is that anxiety differs in important ways from other problems in life that can be controlled quite effectively.
Situations that are controllable tend to involve objects or situations in the world outside your skin. Changing things in the world around you often is possible and works well so it only makes sense to want to apply it to manage emotional pain. The problem is that what works well in the external world just doesn’t work well when applied to things going on inside you.
You may try to deal with your thoughts and feelings in the same way you deal with clothes you don’t like. Now look at your experience to see what happens when you do that. Can you give away or throw out your unpleasant thoughts and feelings? Has that ever worked for you? Can you replace an old painful memory or a reminder of your past with a new one? Have you ever been able to do that?
The take-home message here is that you can’t win a fight against yourself. And, as much as you may want to throw out your painful emotions, there’s simply no way to take them in your hands and out of the room.
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