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The Advantages of Anxiety

Believe it or not, a person can develop some beneficial personality traits due to their anxiety and they can use these personality traits to their advantage. These personality characteristics can help an individual become a reliable asset at work and in personal relationships. A more compelling reason to recognize the positive implications of anxiety is to assist an individual in overcoming the condition.

It’s very difficult to overcome anxiety because the disorder itself can make an individual extremely pessimistic about their future and themselves as a person. Also, anxiety is a highly cyclical disorder and often anxiety sufferers (following their initial attack) become nervous about their anxiety.

This is because they understand and emphasize the condition’s widely circulated negative connotations, both online and in print. It is important that anxiety sufferers can recognize and reflect on any positive aspects of their disorder to maintain a positive outlook during their rehabilitation.

This is all part of a plan to assist in developing a positive mental attitude (P.M.A. ), which can promote self-esteem growth and positivity, and serve as a helpful boost during the recovery process.

I will address the character traits that an anxious person can develop and explain why these traits may affect the sufferer’s daily life. By identifying and emphasizing these character traits, anxiety sufferers may alleviate the tension and pressure associated with their condition and use the character mentioned above traits to increase their quality of life.


By definition, anxiety is a disorder that causes the sufferer to be excessively conscientious. A sufferer will express significantly more anxiety than a non-sufferer about daily issues such as being late for work or failing to complete a job.

The generation of this anxiety ensures that the sufferer will be punctual, resilient and highly motivated to complete all assigned tasks on time and to a high standard. This will alleviate their anxious feelings and provide them with a much-needed sense of accomplishment.

Thus, individuals who suffer from anxiety may become valuable assets to a business and achieve tremendous success in their field due to the angst that motivates them to excel and fulfill any request made.


Many sufferers will aspire for acceptance because many people who suffer from anxiety are concerned about their peers’ opinions and judgments, resulting in an improved degree of observational ability. Compliments are an often-used technique by anxiety sufferers to obtain the support of their peers and divert focus away from their anxiety.

This will help develop an individual’s analytical ability as they begin to see subtle differences in others around them. As someone who has suffered from anxiety and known a group of anxiety sufferers, I am confident in stating that anxiety sufferers will be the first to notice whether someone gets a new haircut or wears new shoes.

I hypothesize that this improved perceptual ability arises due to the sufferer’s continual search for ways to compliment others to earn their friendship and confidence. As a result, the sufferer is constantly on the lookout for physical traits to praise.

Eventually, a person starts to subconsciously note these minor physical characteristics and improvements, developing a stronger sense of observational ability resulting in a strong rapport with coworkers, deeper friendships and happier relationships.


Anxiety is a physiological response to a perceived (often fictitious) sense of risk. Essentially, an anxiety attack activates a person’s fight-or-flight reflex and induces a state of extreme fear for them to flee from danger – which can be troublesome in everyday life.

It is important to remember that, while this perceived danger is often unfounded, an anxiety sufferer is highly tuned into their environment and therefore would be much more conscious of it and thus able to find the most productive way to stay healthy easily. This can be a tremendous advantage in a person’s personal life because it allows them to keep their family and/or friends safe

Awareness of Oneself

Since most anxiety sufferers have poor self-esteem, they are typically very self-aware and highly conscientious of what they say to others. This is a critically undervalued capacity.

It is often advised that people “think before they talk” to avoid making insensitive remarks that they might regret later; but, since an anxiety sufferer has a high degree of self-awareness and an overwhelming desire for acceptance, many anxiety sufferers choose their words carefully.

This allows anxiety sufferers to adapt to almost any social or professional situation since they are competent and trustworthy in maintaining the appropriate level of respect.

Following that, another highly undervalued attribute is self-awareness. Anxiety sufferers are aware of their shortcomings, which allow them to immediately recognize areas for change, allowing for unparalleled professional growth and advancement.


Due to their high level of self-awareness and desire to satisfy others, anxiety sufferers make outstanding listeners and trusted advisors. Many anxiety sufferers will encourage others to confide in them, they often have a high degree of empathy – nd will often provide carefully chosen guidance in an attempt to assist the speaker; but, most importantly, many anxiety sufferers will maintain the utmost confidentiality of any information awarded to them.

This is because an anxious person is concerned about the repercussions of disclosing a person’s private information and therefore prefers to keep it to himself/herself. Confidentiality is an admirable character trait that can result in the formation of good friendships and relationships.


Many anxiety sufferers possess the priceless capacity to be extremely kind to their peers. This ability stems from a desire to earn the approval of others through compliments and displays of empathy.

Since many anxiety sufferers are conscious of their illness and the negative impact it can have on their lives, they are much more sympathetic to the suffering and struggles of their peer group. They often seek to assist others wherever possible to ensure they have a higher quality of life.

Anxiety sufferers need therapy and therefore recognize the need for it and usually give it as well; the most significant aspect of this understanding of the need for support is that the anxiety sufferer has the potential to put an individual at ease regarding the stigma associated with seeking support since they receive it and can thus relate.

Many anxiety sufferers demonstrate a high degree of support, empathy and kindness, resulting in positive relationships in their professional and personal lives.

Many anxiety sufferers worry about their anxiety, which can erode their self-esteem; they must recognize the positive skills that make them an excellent friend, a valuable employee and an incredibly valuable individual. By recognizing these advantages, you will assist them in fighting against anxiety, a fight they will win.

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