Life-Enhancing Anxiety: Key to a Sane World

Kirk Schneider | 2023
Posted in: Psychology
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“Life-enhancing anxiety” is that invigorating anxiety that enables us to live with and make the best of the contrasts and contradictions we encounter from the moment of birth and has direct relevance to our tolerance for and even interest in “others'” points of view. Put another way, life-enhancing anxiety acknowledges not only apprehension and fear, but also to wonder and discovery. The book then applies the concept to cross-cultural bridge-building, creativity, interpersonal engagement, spirituality, and the arts.  It also includes a section on a dialogue approach I call the Experiential Democracy Dialogue, which was developed long before but draws partially from the Braver Angels format, which I credit in the book.