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Emotional Intelligence: Managing emotions to make a positive impact on your life and career by Gill Hasson

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7Understanding and Managing Anxiety

What Is Anxiety?

Sitting an exam, public speaking, driving somewhere new or starting a job are all common sources of anxiety for many of us.

Anxiety is a response to something in the future; something that you fear will or might happen and you don't know how or if you will be able to cope. Anxiety can be based on a past experience; if you have no experience of a situation you have no idea how it will turn out. But it's also the case that if you have experienced a situation in the past and found it difficult and distressing you may be anxious about facing a similar situation again, in case it brings up the same difficult feelings.

Like all emotions, anxiety can have a positive intent; feeling nervous before an ...

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