CAN YOUR THOUGHTS FRIGHTEN YOU?
Cognitive therapy is based on the premise that your thoughts , not external events , make you upset. This is just as true for anxiety and panic as for any other negative emotion . You have to interpret a situation and give it a meaning before you can feel worried or nervous about it. This is idea has tremendous practical importance because when you change the way you think, you can change the way you feel. You can overcome fear, worry, anxiety, nervousness and panic.
Many people find this idea exciting. Others react with irritation . They insist that it can’t be so. If you are about to be hit by a train , it is the event and not your thoughts that make you frightened .