How anxious we are feeling.
When we were only ‘young ones’ it was quite common to hear someone say ‘I was scared of my life’. It didn’t mean one was terrified. But only that the person speaking had had a sudden rush of anxiety and could feel what we’d nowadays call ‘the fear factor’.
How language has changed! It appears that earlier language expressions proclaimed that we had a connection to our felt selves. And that life seemed more our own. It invited the idea that if you were ‘scared of your life’ there was a story there only waiting to be told.
Our current ‘fear factor’ language all but leaves us out of it entirely. As if no story is attaching to it but only perhaps a ‘mechanism’. This shift in language is reflected in the way people present themselves to therapists for help. They are less and less likely to suspect that there is a full and rich story behind how anxious they are feeling. They are more and more likely to want their ‘mechanism’ tweaked or reprogrammed.
For a look at how a therapist might begin to explain anxiety to you follow this link.