“It is not the event but the view we take of it that disturbs us.”
Epictetus eloquently sums up Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT looks at how we think and what we do. It takes the view that emotions, like anxiety, arise from faulty thinking. That is to say, essentially, we are largely responsible for our emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
We tend to speak in a way that suggests events, people, situations or objects can make us feel or do things. Someone could say, “Presentations make me panic.” This is clearly not the case. If this were true, everyone who did a presentation would panic. There has to be something else that provokes panic. It is called a “belief”. Therefore, it is the belief about presentations ...