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Strong negative feelings are part of being human. Problems occur when we try too hard to control or avoid these feelings. A helpful way of coping with strong negative feelings is to take them for what they are ― messages from your mind and body intended to keep you safe. For instance, if you are afraid of a work presentation, trying to avoid your anxiety will likely reduce your confidence and increase your fear. Instead, try to accept your anxiety as a signal that you are probably nervous about public speaking ― just like most other people. This helps you lower the level of your anxiety and stress, increasing your confidence and making the presentation much easier.
1. Why isn't is "to take them as what they are"? Can both "as" and "for" work in this sentence?
to take them for what they are
2. What does this refer to? "What they are"?
messages from your mind and body intended to keep you safe.
1) Only 'for' works in the phrase 'to take something for what it is'.
2) 'They' are 'strong negative feelings'.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Jun-2016 at 22:44. Reason: Writing 'something' in full.