This is Your Brain on Worries

This week’s Illustration Friday word is “worry.” I almost had to laugh when I saw this word because I think I could be a professional worrier. In fact, I think worrying compulsively is hereditary because the only person I know who worries more than me, is my mom.

Anyway, I could not think of any better way to represent the abstractness of worries than with the abstract word itself. Worrying has much in common with fear– they are both very abstract, and they are survivors– they creep in EVERYWHERE.

As long as they are kept in the abstract, for example, worrying that you’re not good enough, worrying that you are a failure, worrying that you don’t have enough money, they win. If you start thinking very concretely, as in, this is how much money I need to make, this is what I need to do to pass the test, this is what I want to do with my life, often times worries go away. But if you let them win, this is your brain on worries:


1 Response to “This is Your Brain on Worries”

  1. 1 i. van Rossen November 26, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Dear Nicole,

    We’ve found your “worry” image on the internet and we want
    to use this image in a advertising campaign for our client.

    Can you send me a quote for a total buy-out of the image?

    We look forward to receiving your reply

    I. van Rossen
    trafficmanager at Pluspoint


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