Good Anxiety

When is anxiety good for you? When you are grappling with a moral dilemma according to this article from Aeon.


Moral anxiety, then, is an emotion we feel in the face of a difficult moral decision: we want to do right, but we’re uncertain about what exactly that might be. Moreover, the uncertainty we feel prompts investigation – it gets us to try to figure out what is the morally correct thing to do. We might start thinking about the options available to us, considering the reasons for and against each. We might also seek out more information from those we trust. Putting this together, then, we can see moral anxiety functioning in two ways: as asignal telling us that we face a difficult moral decision and as amotivator that prompts such things as deliberation and information-gathering.