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Man's Bedrock

The majority of incredibly successful people seem to rest their deepest source of strength and value outside of themselves.

This is obvious among devoutly religious people, but you'll also find it among many seemingly non-religious. Often, top scientists seem to be animated by a source of strength in the "march of progress," revolutionaries facing capture or execution will say proudly, "You can kill the revolutionary, but you can't kill the revolution."

Samurai had their lords and houses, and even beyond that -- a sense of honor that is timeless and transcendent, not grounded in the earthly.

This seems like it could be disadvantageous even as much as 95% of the time. There are tremendous personal benefits to asserting, "I am the prime mover, I set and define every ethic of my own, and there are no larger forces at work than my own preferences." That unrelenting sense of self-control and self-direction leads to gains in a sense of locus of control, personal responsibility, and a rejection of that oft-crippling fatalism.

And yet. That last 5% of the time, the time when the man who looks outside himself gains?

Anxiety in Children

On AnxietyinChildren

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. A phase is temporary and usually harmless. But children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and they start to avoid places and activities.

A child who sees a scary movie and then has distress falling asleep or has a similar temporary fear can be reassured and comforted. But that is not enough to help a child with an anxiety disorder get past his or her fear and anxiety.

If a child or young person is very anxious it can affect the whole family. Parents and siblings might be concerned about upsetting the anxious person and might have to change or cancel activities and routines to accommodate the anxiety.

Anxious young people may not want to go out in public, they can find it hard to see friends, take part in activities or meet new people. This can affect their relationships and their development.

Anxiety can prevent children and young people from doing their best at school and sometimes from attending school or college at all, which will affect their learning and their opportunities later in life.

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