by Derek O'Neill
When we feel anxious, we are dipping into our personal storehouse of responses to triggers, and that becomes a habit. Anxiety may on a rare occasion stop us from acting on something we should steer clear of and think about, but for the most part, anxiety is causing us to put a barrier between ourselves and the ability to look at something with a clear head so we can figure out what triggered our feelings.
The first is the emotional manifestation of anxiety; our feelings that occur as reactions to people, places and things, whether ongoing or new.
The second is psychological anxiety that is rooted in what has happened to us in the past, how we were raised, and events that have transpired in our...