Benefits of Anxiety





While anxiety usually produces negative effects on people, however, psychologists have found that a little stress could bring out the best. There is a point on the anxiety meter, between checked out and freaked out, a sweet spot where motivation thrives from a small amount of anxiety. The anxiety level is not at a point where performance is compromised but where it enables people to multi task and give forth their best effort. For example, someone who is a procrastinator perfectionist, strives from anxiety induced situations, to the extent that it acts helps them get work done faster and more efficiently. In fact, the idea that moderate anxiety can be heavily beneficial dates back to 1908. According to, in that same year, Harvard psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson posited that arousal enhances performance-but to a point.” I think this proposal can relate greatly to the mindset of driven students. Those who strive to achieve good grades in school often feel the stress of the work load, and possible difficulties managing it. Instead of this dragging their work quality down, the desire to do good under the work load induced anxiety actually has beneficial effects shown through improved productivity and better management of time. The same idea can be seen in athletes; “ We’ll say to athletes, ‘You’re going to be anxious. Great. Channel it and use it,” Dr. Josephson says.” ( Channeling feelings of anxiety and nervousness can be used as ways of getting exited about a game and help improve performance. From an evolutionary standpoint, anxiety has been the key to human survival. Fear and stress causes adrenaline to rise and our heart rate to increase so we can run away, fight or stay. Anxiety is shown to be beneficial in two scenarios; dangerous situations, and friendships. The people who always worry about the what-ifs in situations, are better in dangerous situations or situations they deem dangerous. “ The anxious person is usually best at calculating risks and coming up with solutions  before a problem occurs. In dangerous situations, the anxious person has probably already pondered the situation beforehand and will most likely be a driving force in implementing the solution.” ( The benefits of anxiety in friendship are positive as well. According to, people who have anxiety, have a better understanding of what it is like to need support and are more inclined to dish it out when needed. They also tend to be less judgmental and more accepting.


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  1. Kevin:
    You need to learn formatting…big hunks of text are hard to read.
    Also…having trouble with sentence:”…posited that arousal enhances performance” can mean several things??!
    very informative &deeply reflective; synthesizes learned content and constructs new meaning; written in an interesting style and voice; words used need to be more carefully chosen;
    sentence fluency is smooth and naturally expressive
    all words spelled correctly; no grammar errors;
    multimedia adds perspective to post; several links to places that add to readers understanding; links are relevant and “flow” within the content; post needs to be categorized and tagged


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