Fear of Uncertainty

Discussion Facilitator Tod Fiste. April 20, 2019.

We discussed how uncertainty can lead us to overuse one of three coping mechanisms.

  • Needs that move you towards others.

  • Needs that move you away from others.

  • Needs that move you against others.

We asked whether mindfulness allowed for more diverse choices that might better fit the circumstances.

Some opinions were shared about how security in childhood and adolescence was a major contributing factor, how mindfulness can lead to choice of action without addressing the bodily symptoms of anxiety, and how it was important to move against certain anti-social behaviors. We speculated that curiosity (a kind of moving towards) might help with automatic withdrawal or moving against.

Karen Horney's Theory of Neurotic Needs

Bruce Cantwell