We say things like:
“I’d rather take a bullet”
“I’d rather get my teeth drilled”
“I’d rather chew off my own finger”
“I’d rather get my eyeball tattooed.”
(Eyeball tattooing is actually a thing. Blech.)
I guess you could say we have vivid imaginations.
Not sure that’s always a good thing.
Some studies show that worriers tend to have higher IQs, also that depressed people are better leaders in difficult times because they are actually more clear-eyed about reality than non-depressed people.
Wow, that’s a downer.
Anxious people tend to be more in tune with their bodies, more aware of every sensation … which is why many anxious people have hypochondria. Also, ask any doctor, anxious people can be very difficult to sedate; they fight the medication to stay aware and in control.
It takes an active, perhaps overactive, imagination to look at an innocent mole on your skin and visualize the whole course of terminal melanoma … but (I know) it can be done.
My husband is a big believer in distraction. “If something is worrying you, the best thing is not to think about it,” he says.
Doesn’t that sound a wee bit counter-intuitive to you?
But when you can manage to do it, it’s true.