Dealing with Anxiety
“Anxiety: challenge by another name” is an article written by a man named James Lincoln Collier. His article is about how he deals with anxiety provoking activities. He was offered a once in a life time opportunity but turned it down because he was scared that things wouldn’t go his way. Things like not knowing the language or how to navigate around the country. But after feeling depressed that he didn’t take the offer, Collier decided to start doing the things that made him nervous. In the movie “The Truman Show”, the main character named Truman Burbank is a man whose whole life has been on camera. All of his friends, family and co-workers are actors and he has no idea that he is the main character of a television show. When he was younger the producer brainwashed Truman into being terrified of water. So Truman lives day to day in fear of the body of water that surrounds his town.
Collier first discovered his fear of travel when a friend invited him along to go to Argentina. Collier thought about how he was homesick in the first two weeks of college, how he didn’t know any of the language and he would be in a strange country for two months. So he turned down the offer, but later felt like kicking himself and was depressed that he didn’t go on the trip. When Truman was younger he was convinced that his father died in a boating accident. Ever since that day, Truman has been terrified of the water. He can’t even walk over a bridge without thinking about all the possible tragedies.
“Do what makes you anxious; don’t do what makes you depressed” is a rule that Collier made up for himself. This means don’t just pick the safe option and give up what you really want to do because you might be a little nervous. Do the thing that makes you have butterflies in your stomach or gives you stage fright. Truman decides to go see a travel agent to book a trip to Fiji. He believes that his true love lives in Fiji. So he is willing to face his water...
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