Among the many things that arouse my curiosity is why some people worry about these issues, while others seem to attend to them in various ways, but do not worry about them. Certainly, and, perhaps, obviously, people who are more prone to feeling anxious would be more likely to be worriers, than, say, people who rarely experience anxiety symptoms. This, however, did not take the matter far enough to satisfy me. I wanted to know why even some generally non-anxious-by-nature clients seemed to worry at times, and about certain issues, but not others.
My informal research during treatment sessions represented an attempt to learn more about worrying behavior, while always trying to help my clients understand, manage, and, where possible and appropriate, eliminate worry from their emotional repertoire. I wondered to what extent worrying is a voluntary or an involuntary behavior. I wondered, too, regardless of whether worrying was or was not a choice, did it have some purpose that I did not fully understand. Was it ever constructive and helpful or, as I have long believed, did it simply create emotional stress and serve no healthy purpose?