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Published: October 29, 2017

Interesting TVNZ program about Anxiety in Young People

Great informativeTVNZ program on how anxiety is growing in our youth and some great things that are being done to address it. Anxiety is a natural human reaction which most people experience at some point, yet normally people refer to anxiety as when it is an anxiety disorder, which can be debilitating, impacting our choices and reactions in daily life.

Anxiety can be shown as nervousness, fear, apprehension, or worry. When it is more severe, then it can affect how we feel and behave, and manifest in physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is common when challenged, which may be a general state of worry or fear before a test, examination, interview or new experience. While severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

While some degree of anxiety is normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person's ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.

The following video shows the full 17-minute program that appeared on the Sunday program. I loved the Wellington girls school initiative to reduce assessments in the early school years.

My own story around anxiety and emotions I share in the following TED-style talk in Auckland August 2017.

If we compare Emotional Fitness with Emotional Intelligence what is the difference?

Emotional Fitness is a newer term. Many people know about Emotional Intelligence, yet Emotional Fitness a subset of the broader category of Emotional Intelligence.

As explained in the following table, Emotional Fitness is more focused on the internal use and expression of emotions. While Emotional Intelligence is also focused on external relationships, as explained below.



The definition of Emotional Fitness is our level or ability to fully understand and use our emotional capacity to achieve high-performance.

Like a muscle, our emotions only support us if we use them. Hence good Emotional Fitness refers to being fully aware and in-tune emotionally, able to express and feel the full array of emotions. Not just being positive, able to handle and beneficially use negative emotions. See last weeks blog post for an example.

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