Anxiety, when it is not caused by a medical condition, is usually an intense fear that something bad is going to happen to us on the outside or the inside: Of losing one’s job or partner, becoming ill, or the emergence of an unacceptable pleasant emotion such as sexuality or an unbearable unpleasant emotion such as sadness.
A young lad would come to school early morning each day to start the fire in the pot-bellied coal stove to keep the classroom warm. On one unfortunate morning, his classmates arrived to find the premises in flames, his peers managed to drag the unconscious little boy out and took him to the nearby county hospital.
Shobha was a mid-aged business executive struggling to keep her business afloat. In the neighborhood lived Shaikh who was relatively junior, energetic, and seemingly bright. She approached him stating business interests, and they tried to forge a partnership.