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An earlier definition of psychology conceptualized it as the study of the mind. Since that time in the 17th century, psychology has grown in its breadth of knowledge; it has encountered, overcame and conquered many challenges; be it individual, group, national or professional.

An earlier definition of psychology conceptualized it as the study of the mind. Since that time in the 17th century, psychology has grown in its breadth of knowledge; it has encountered, overcame and conquered many challenges; be it individual, group, national or professional.


As such, it has gone beyond the study of the mind to include behaviour, environment, culture, social interactions, human biology and etcetera. However, when psychologists use professional jargons like mental processes or cognition they are still referring to the mind. Anxiety which is a psychological condition is one of the concerns of psychology that is mostly as a result of a person's inability to control the mind. In other words, individuals experiencing anxiety complain of not being able to control events in their lives or take charge of their thoughts. Many people especially those within the ages of 18 and 25 years are victims of anxiety resulting from erroneous thought patterns, poor or inadequate social support, wrong beliefs, negative self-talks and unrealistic expectations. For example, a university student who insists that he or she is not performing well academically, (despite making A's and B's) and goes ahead to conclude that he is a failure, or a lady who tells herself that she is ugly, (inspite of her fine face and coca cola bottle shape) and subsequently concludes that no man would marry her.
The insistence of the mind that there is a problem that will cause the future to turn out bad sustains the anxiety experiences of victims. As long as the mind continues to restate the erroneous facts and the individual accepts or acknowledges them via self-condemnation; it follows then that anxiety responses like:
·    Trembling,
·    Withdrawal from others,
·    Chest pain,
·    Increased heart rate, or
·    Uncontrollable worry level
Would be triggers off, thus, incapacitating the individual as long as the anxiety episode lasts. Therefore, a major psychological technique to alter, modify or change this anxiety-prone mindset is the use of mind games that can distract the individual.
Mind games in this context can be explained as play oriented interactions with one's mind that are aimed at helping an individual strengthen their ability to focus or control their mind.  They are used to help people focus, despite the many distractions in their world thereby reducing anxiety. An understanding of the power of the mind and it's ability to alter a person's well-being forms the bases for the use of mind games. While the mind feeds you with negative and sometimes unrealistic information that generates the anxiety being felt, the feeling of anxiety (the symptoms) can be reduced by distracting oneself and focusing on more positive thoughts using
·    Positive self-talks,
·    Self-reflection or examination,
·    Desensitization, etc.
These activities will help to untangle wrong beliefs, replace negative thoughts with positive ones, empower the individual with the ability to control the mind, distract one from anxiety prone thoughts, increase relaxation and give one a sense of control. The end goal is to help the victims of anxiety regain control of their lives and life activities; take control of their work, school, or marriage lives.   The above mind game techniques are close to what could be termed 'home remedies' in anxiety management, anyone can try them out with little or no assistance.

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