How Laziness Can Cause Anxiety

By being more open to learning and upskilling you may satisfy your safety needs and lower your anxiety levels as a result

Our brain wants safety.

But as humans through generations, we’ve different definitions of what safety is.

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Cavemen thought it was just having a cave. With that they felt safe and happy.

When houses were built it was having a back door as well as a front door so you could welcome strangers to one door and friends and family to another.

Now we’ve got plumbing, electricity, and the internet. And with all that there are so many details to get your head around, to understand, and to remember.

Things like pipes, plugs, passwords, apps, sockets, and cables!

Effectively these are all little details. And to understand each one of them would be to make the average householder a skilled plumber, electrician, or Information technology expert. And this is not possible for many as it may take too much time for them to get their head around it.

So our reliance on these skill sets makes our safety assured within our minds.

Take the world of plumbing to begin with.

Plumbing came into normal society in 4000–3000 B.C. when archaeologists discovered the first water pipes in the Indus River in India. Fast forward to 1596 and Sir John Harrington’s first flushing toilet. So it’s over 400 years of comfort we’ve had as humans to wash, clean, and efficiently help us during that time of the day when we rid ourselves of our ingestions.

It doesn’t only give us toilets but we’ve baths, showers, radiators, washing machines, dryers, and sinks as well.

In all plumbing gives us the efficiency of water in our homes.

As for electricity, it was Michael Faraday who first focused on electromagnetism and from there he made several discoveries. Faraday was the founder of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

And by 1880 Thomas Edison then bought a patent and gave the world the light bulb.

Others too have developed this electric development before and since then.

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Electricity has given us light, heat, and power to our modern conveniences such as our cookers, microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, washing and drying machines, televisions, computers, and phones.

It has provided us ways to become educated, entertained, fed, and communicative in a warm and comfortable manner.

As for the internet, it was conceived in 1962 by J.C.R. Licklider of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From there much experimentation was done for the following couple of decades. By 1972 electronic mail became a thing and as we know by the 1990s the internet began to become more mainstream in the western world.

Yet in comparison to the beginning of time, these conveniences are only a few hundred years old and our forefathers never needed them but we think we do.

And for all the advantages of plumbing, electricity, and information technology there are massive disadvantages that are thieving from our earth which we have accepted as being our safest planet in the universe.

Because such is the flow of water required for our plumbing over the past few hundred years that we now live in a world where up to 80% of the water we now use is dumped back into the environment causing pollution to our natural areas which provide peace and serenity to our minds.

And for all the great that electricity has given us in this world it also increases our carbon footprint that is harming our world.

For example, over the years to get electricity in the first place, we’ve needed the energy to promote it. In the US about 40% of the overall energy consumed is used to generate electricity that we utilize for plumbing and our electrical and personal conveniences.

And if that doesn’t show us how ironic we can be as humans then the internet sure does.

Because although there are reportedly nearly 2 billion websites the world wide web has been an unregulated information source that has inflated egos and minimized the importance of self.

Then there is the dark web, let’s not get started on that!

Yet if we stop and think about it all we’ll realize that as we work from home, eat our meals, or sleep we are in a house or apartment that we don’t fully understand how it works.

So, in our innate need to feel safe we need to be more skilled.

Because little details protect us.

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If we ignore the constant need to upskill, we become anxious about not knowing what is around us and where we are in our homes, our jobs, our relationships, our world, and our universe.

By avoiding the need to continually learn and relying on modern conveniences we are making ourselves lazy.

And worse again, we are disregarding our need to feel safe.

So as technology becomes more advanced we need to continue to push ourselves to learn. In doing so it’s one of the greatest favors we can do for ourselves throughout our lifetime and it will allow us to feel more at ease as we age.

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Dr. Conor Hogan Ph.D.

Dr. Conor Hogan Ph.D.

Forbes, INC. & Entrepreneur Magazines, CBS, & NBC Featured, Dr. Conor Is The World’s Leading High-Performance Neuro Socio-Psychologist & Co-Authored 4 Books