All About Fear

Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn't feel it, we couldn't protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.

Recent posts on Fear

New Research Shows How to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

Extreme fear of public speaking is one of the most prevalent form of anxiety disorders. New research shows how you can test, and overcome yours.

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Coping with nearing the end of life's conveyer belt.

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

Trump and Clinton Debate Public Speaking Strategies

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Trump and Clinton use research-based strategies to inform their debate and public speaking skills - and now you can use the same to be a better public speaker!

Why TSA Agents Need Therapy Skills Training

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Millennial Media
In the age of TSA, travel has become more stressful than ever before. Could training agents in basic therapy skills such as empathy and thought distortions help?

Bridging Difference: Beyond Us vs. Them

By Amy Banks on September 21, 2016 in Wired For Love
The human community is at a seminal crossroads. Are we going to use our brains to build edifices that cement the association between difference and danger?

Learning From Chris Sharma

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in All about Anxiety
What a no-ropes rock climber can teach us about tackling our Anxiety.
Bob Mayer

Don’t Just ‘Face’ Fear: Attack the Ambush

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Author Bob Mayer offers writers strong advice from battlefield training.
By John Snape (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Art and Science of Mistakes

To err is human, but...how human do we have to be?

Fashion Photography and the Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust

By analyzing fashion photographs—as well as the discourses that envelop them—it is possible to glimpse the ideologies that undergird contemporary aesthetics, ethics and anxieties.

When I Failed Miserably I Also Succeeded

By Dan Pontefract on September 19, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Why do many of us tend to run from the room screaming when we hear the word "fail"?

How Anxiety Hurts Your Health

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 18, 2016 in Open Gently
Asthma, stomach problems and heart disease are all aggravated by anxiety.

How to Overcome Feeling Insecure in Your Relationship

When insecurity is present, we live and relate from fear. Fear is toxic to intimacy.

Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety Via Emotional Intelligence

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A few tips will go a long way to addressing any anxiety around public speaking

The Benefits of Avoidance

By Gregg Levoy on September 17, 2016 in Passion!
Resistance to your passions and callings may be a good omen. Why?

Who's Keeping You Quiet?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Trust
The best listeners recognize they don't already know it all.
Photo by Lauren C via flickr

5 Tips for Living a More Authentic Life

By Christine L. Carter Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Raising Happiness
It is far better to be ourselves and risk having people not like us than to suffer the stress and tension that comes from pretending to be someone we’re not.

Aggression and Violence Are Possible, Not Inevitable

Humans are not “bad to the bone,” just really complicated, potentially dangerous, and generally kind. We should remember that.

The Psychology Behind Donald Trump's Unwavering Support

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Mind In The Machine
The political ascent of Donald Trump seems to defy all logic, but psychology and neuroscience research explains how quirks of the brain underlie the mind-boggling phenomenon.

Why Secrets Can Ruin Relationships

Being honest and emotionally vulnerable by not keeping secrets in a romantic relationship is a form of both personal and relationship integrity.

FOMO Strikes Again

By Michael F. Kay on September 08, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Who doesn’t love a sale? After all, it might be the LAST chance to buy something you REALLY NEED at a lower price. Right?

The Limited Influence of Liberal Professors

Although liberal professors outnumber conservative professors in higher education, their ideological influence is limited.

21 Common Reactions to Trauma

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
While everyone's reaction to trauma is unique, recovery can feel more manageable when we know what to expect in the aftermath—including opportunities for growth.

Fear of Sudden Infant Death

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 06, 2016 in Fighting Fear
An example of the treatment of an exaggerated fear—of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Surprisingly, the very quick cure of this fear was followed by a lessening of other fears.

The Child’s Fear of Death

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 06, 2016 in The Career Within You
A 5-Observer tells us how her parents mishandled her fear of death.

Deconstructing the Neurobiology of Resilience

By Christopher Bergland on September 06, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
How well do you adapt to stress? A new review deconstructs the underpinnings of resilience and offers clues for ways to make your brain more resilient to distress.

Do Racial Stereotypes Have Nothing to Do with Race? Part II

Some readers objected to my coverage of research suggesting race stereotypes are often ecology stereotypes. Steve Neuberg, an author of that research, responds thoughtfully.

How to Rebuild Trust with Someone Who Hurt You

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Living Forward
When someone you trust betrays you, it cuts to the core of your emotional soul. These four important steps will help you rebuild trust in a relationship.

Can We Trust Our Feelings?

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Learn when you can trust your feelings.

Phantom Clowns in South Carolina Are Nothing New

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in It's Catching
Reports of Phantom Clowns in South Carolina luring children into the woods, are most likely a matter for folklorists, not police