237: Pitfalls of Using Others to Manage Your Anxiety

Relationship partners and friends can offer valuable support for managing stress and anxiety in our lives. However, sometimes relying on others to manage our emotions can create negative effects in our lives and relationships. Listen to today’s show to learn how to balance this sometimes complicated dynamic.
In this episode, we discuss relationship advice topics that include:
  • Understanding if you are automatically pulling in a third person to help manage your relationship anxiety
  • The negative effects of relying too much on others
  • How to sit with your own anxiety before projecting it onto others
  • Writing things down to help process your problems
  • Becoming curious about how you function when you become anxious
  • And much more!

Dr. Kathleen Smith is a licensed therapist and mental health writer who lives in Washington, DC. She is the author of the new book, Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down. She is an associate faculty member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family and hosts the show Family Matters, a production of the University of the District of Columbia.

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Episode Links

Kathleen’s Website

Book: Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down

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