3. RISK AVOIDANCE BEHAVIOR
Anything that could be perceived as ‘thrilling’ by the average person is definitely something that someone who has high functioning anxiety would avoid. Risky situations like scary movies or extreme rollercoaster rides are not thrilling to those with anxiety. If you ask an anxious person to meet you after dark, they are likely to suggest a daytime meeting. If you suggest somewhere crowded, they will suggest somewhere with fewer people.
4. SEEM A LITTLE FIDGETY
People with high-functioning anxiety often hide their nervous habits in public, but spend hours biting nails, picking, or rhythmically twitching or moving to deal with the constant anxiety. Nervous habits are a key trait of someone with anxiety and you may not know that they have these at all.
5. NEED TO CONTROL THEIR ENVIRONMENT
In times of stress, a highly functioning anxious person seeks to control as many things that are within their control as possible since they cannot control the uncontrollable. A research study found “one possible explanation as to why the need to control the environment is such a critical component of human behavior. The feeling of control enables organisms to deal with stress.”
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