A Reflection On Worrying

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01A Reflection on Worrying: Worry and Communication20160620

01A Reflection on Worrying: Worry and Communication20160620

We all have worries but rarely do we speak honestly about them. In this series of personal essays, five essayists share their intimate relationship with worry. As a novelist, Emma Jane Unsworth is no stranger to hearing the nagging voices of characters in her head. But there's another needling voice that keeps her awake at night and that is the voice of her social media fears. In her essay she delves into the perils of modern communication and its scope for fuelling persistent and repeated personal anxiety.

02A Reflection on Worrying: The Rituals of Worry20160621

02A Reflection on Worrying: The Rituals of Worry20160621

We all have worries but rarely do we speak honestly about them. In this series of personal essays, five essayists share their intimate relationship with worry. Professor Francis O'Gorman examines the rituals and ceremonies that often accompany worry. He explores how these rituals are a signal of an ancient human need to care for those people that are precious to us.

03A Reflection on Worrying: Parental Worries20160622

03A Reflection on Worrying: Parental Worries20160622

We all have worries but rarely do we speak honestly about them. In this series of personal essays, five essayists share their intimate relationship with worry. As both a parent and historian, Professor Emma Griffin explores how parental worries have changed throughout the centuries and asks whether worry has always been a part of raising children.

04A Reflection on Worrying: Worry and Music20160623

04A Reflection on Worrying: Worry and Music20160623

We all have worries but rarely do we speak honestly about them. In this series of personal essays, five essayists share their intimate relationship with worry. As a young, impressionable musician, classical guitarist Tom McKinney witnessed first-hand the debilitating worry that can come with performing music. In this essay Tom explores how his own worry runs much deeper than that of stage fright and leads him to question the validity of being a musician.

05A Reflection on Worrying: The Comedy of Worry20160624

05A Reflection on Worrying: The Comedy of Worry20160624

We all have worries but rarely do we speak honestly about them. In this series of personal essays, five essayists share their intimate relationship with worry. Comedian Steve Punt muses on how worry has always been a bedfellow of comedy, how our worries can be a source of shared observational humour and how a lack of perspective between the trivial and serious can lead to hilarious consequences.