"Picking our kids up from school on time, our parents' health, bills that keep piling up on the living room table. . . . How many opportunities there are for concern, and how many times a day we catch ourselves thinking about things that can go wrong! 'What if . . .' always crosses our minds. But the chances that all those worries will never materialize is 91.4%.
"This was the result of a study conducted by researchers at the psychology department of the Pennsylvania State University. The scientists analyzed the worry reports of 29 patients with generalized anxiety disorder. Over the course of a month, these worries were monitored, and only 8.6% materialized."
A recent commentary offered a reflection on anxiety that is widespread in today's world and how most of these concerns will never actually happen.
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Aleteia: Octavio Messias: Suffering from anxiety? Research suggests most of our worries aren't well founded (18 AUG 21)