I wonder how a person generates a more realistic self - image.
I assume that is the best way to combat confidence and anxiety issues, but does it rely on evidence and reason to do so? What if there is no evidence to be confident about?
Part of the issue seems to be empathy, or a lack of. Afterall with the myriad of issues to suffer from, first world anxieties are hardly top of the list. Plus what is almost impossible to convey to others is that those who are anxious often understand completely the lack of logic in feeling anxious about something.
However anxiety often appears to be an emotional state that informs the reaction of a person in spite of evidence and logic. I'm curious as to whether it is an inherent state within a person's biology and if so what are the actual solutions.
Mindfulness and maybe cognitive behavioral therapy sure, but depending on the person, this is only a stopgap. I need to research this more and learn to undo bad habits of cognition.
'Consciousness is not simply a sensory-perceptual affair, a matter of mental imagery, as the contents of our mind would have us believe. It is deeply enmeshed with the brain mechanisms that automatically promote action readiness' - Jaak Panksepp