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

Winter blues? 9 Ways to Cure Your Own Depression

Does your mood plummet with the temperature? Here's how to cure your winter blues

Rosie Kuhn on Transformational Coaching

The future of mental health interview series continues with Rosie Kuhn on transformational coaching.

The South Rises Again

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 The Me in We
Recent racism can be seen as a re-enactment of the trauma of the Civil War by slave-owner descendants, and those who identify with them.

5 Ways People Self-Sabotoge in Romance

Consider that there may be deeper forces operating between you and your partners--here are 5 common ways people self-sabotage in romance.

When Pilots Switch to a New Airliner, How Are They Trained?

Today's simulators are so realistic that takeoff and landing training can be done in the simulator rather than an actual aircraft.

Valentines Day 2016: Can You Really Die From a Broken Heart?

Emotional stress can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack.

The Meaning of Life by Andrew McCarthy

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Brick by Brick
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Pretty in Pink", Andrew McCarthy discusses the meaning of life and how "uncomfortable" isn't a bad thing.

Love and the Fear of Loss

Love is magnificent to experience and incredibly painful to lose. This very reality may leave you guarded against love; but you have the power to open back up to it.

The “Airbag” of Depersonalization: Shield or Disorder?

By Elena Bezzubova on February 09, 2016 The Search for Self
The painful experience of unreality safeguards from a danger.

Fear of Crime and the Allure of Bad Boys

New research reveals that women who feel vulnerable to crime are more attracted to dominant, formidable men.

5 Ways to Reduce Your—"I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!"—Risk

Do you know someone who suffered a serious fall that lead to a downward spiral? It happens everyday. For some simple tips on how-to avoid injury from a slip or fall read this.

Stop Having Kids?

Like Ebola and SARS, the Zika virus is causing great fear. Fear and anxiety rarely engender good policy.

Help Take Terror Out of Childhood

By Hal Mathew on February 04, 2016 Unagoraphobic
Children don't have to face fear alone.

Donald Trump Will Make You Smarter

Donald Trump can make you more self-aware, empathic and humble. Who knew?

The Argumentative, Paranoid and Vigilant Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 A Sideways View
Is a little paranoia a healthy reaction to the modern office where so much of your behaviour is monitored?

Punching Anti-Gay Hate Right in the Nose

By Rebecca Coffey on February 01, 2016 The Bejeezus Out of Me
One amazing organization providing safety and support to homeless LGBTQ kids was bombarded by hate — by a church. What happened next will knock your socks off.

Are You Feeling Unneeded Pain?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Your Wise Brain
Deliberately tilt toward the positive in your mind, which is not looking through rose-colored glasses. Given the negativity bias in the brain, you're leveling the playing field.

The Sexual Ethics of Star Wars

Why must erotic love compromise a person's ability to use the Force for good?

What If Stress Does Not Exist?

What if a healthy relationship with fear could alleviate anxiety...or a stress disorder ?

Facing Fear and Letting Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 A Family Affair
A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.

The Great Zika Freak Out and the Psychology of Fear

Zika virus has several psychological traits that make it particularly frightening, possible even more so than the disease itself actually merits.

A Guest in Quiet

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 28, 2016 Bear in Mind
What rattlesnakes teach us about the grace and dignity of being reptile.

Self-Awareness: Does It Increase Or Decrease Anxiety

Thoughts can cause the release of stress hormones.One way to limit stress is to limit inner awareness where troubling thoughts often reside. But, this strategy can lead to trouble.

The Psychoanalysis of Politicians Like Donald Trump

The study, published in the academic journal ‘Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society’, was inspired by the recent sudden emergence of a new popular right-wing movement in US politics.

More Evidence for a Pain-Related Description of dACC

More evidence on the role of the dACC in pain

Man-Made Disasters Seem More Severe Than Natural Disasters

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 Ulterior Motives
There are all kinds of large-scale disasters that get reported in the news. Some of them are the result of natural causes like earthquakes along an active fault line or volcanoes.

The Fascinating Dynamics of Dread

If what you’re anticipating is something you dread, your anxiety over it can be nerve-wracking. Say, you’re on pins and needles to find out the results of your recent MRI. . . .

What Makes You Feel Threatened?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Your Wise Brain
Be mindful of the degree to which your brain is wired to make you afraid, wired so that you walk around with an ongoing trickle of anxiety (a flood for some) to keep you on alert.

How to Turn a Cold Call into a Warm Call?

Anybody who has ever practiced cold calls knows what resistance and avoidance mean and how they feel. But why don’t people want to be sold, though they love to buy?

Shift Into Freedom: Lessons From A Master Of Mindfulness

By Mark Matousek on January 14, 2016 Ethical Wisdom
The master of mindfulness meditation talks about his new book, Shift Into Freedom, and how we can live awakened lives in the midst of everyday changes.