Four components make up the anxious mind. They are Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt, and Anxiety. The first and most important fact to know about these four elements is that they are constantly interacting with each other to create a vicious cycle that the anxious mind generates off of. This means that without doubt and uncertainty, the irrational fears could be conquered. As well, without the presence of anxiety that propels one to be anxious and react in an irrational way to doubt, uncertainty, and fear, there would also be an easier solution to overcoming the anxious mind. This is not to say that everybody doesn’t have fears. In fact, the average person has approximately five fears, of course to different degrees and proportions.
The key to understanding the four horsemen of the anxious mind is in understanding the underlying component, which is that. That people with the anxious mind have a predisposition for a lower threshold for either or all: anxiety, doubt, uncertainty, and/or irrational fear. As stated above, if you remove the interaction between the four components, the anxious mind would be less powerful. However, this is an unrealistic task, so the key is to guide and provide the person with the insight to raise their tolerance.
In addition to the our components I listed, there is one more. Component that often gets unnoticed and creates great difficultly for people. This final component is frustration tolerance. The importance with dealing with frustration tolerance is that in order to overcome the anxious mind and raise levels of tolerance for the first four, a person needs to monitor and gain a tolerance for frustration.
The importance in developing tolerance for frustration is that if it is overlooked it can have a negative effect on overcoming the anxious mind. Here is why. Frustration is an feeling everyone gets. However, not many realize how close frustration has a relationship to anxiety and anger. This is how it works: . Anxiety leads to frustration, which can lead to anger. Conversely, anger leads to frustration, which creates anxiety . So in order to have a greater chance of recovering from the anxious mind, one needs to increase their frustration tolerance as well. This way there is not excess anxiety, and anxiety is not prompted to create anger, which is an unhealthy emotion.