Psychologist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary explains why the emotion can be a good thing. A professor of psychology and neuroscience, and the director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at Hunter College in New York, USA.
In order to safeguard and ensure that people can survive, emotions have been developed and honed over hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. Information about the vague future—something horrible could happen, but something pleasant could also happen—is what causes anxiety. Anxiety is anticipating the results of your Covid test, whether good or negative. Not only are we more inventive and creative when we’re stressed, but our brains also function more efficiently and effectively when faced with uncertainty. Thus, anxiety is more than just the brain’s “fear circuitry.” We are motivated to work for the things we care about, connect with people, and be more productive when anxiety activates our impulses for reward and social connection. Because of this, anxiety isn’t harmful from an evolutionary theory perspective. Anxiety is a manifestation of survival logic. Consider anxiety to be a smoke alarm, alerting us that the house is on fire and motivating us to take action.