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What is Life-Enhancing Anxiety?

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Essentially, anxiety is a fear of the unknown. But it is also a call to the unknown. While it may seem counterintuitive, one of our great problems today is too little anxiety, at least of a certain kind.

As the psychologist Rollo May and before him philosophers Paul Tillich and Soren Kierkegaard contended, a modicum of anxiety is necessary—and indeed urgent—to live a vital and fulfilled life; at least for many of us.

These observations of anxiety have turned out to be even more prophetic today. For today we have so many means to avoid anxiety, any kind of anxiety.

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