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

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed-loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Spanking a child is about the parent not the child. The child will learn more from positive correction than physical manipulation.

The Mental Health Impact of 'Blame a Black Man Syndrome'

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Men
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.
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Why Don't Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?

No wonder victims of sexual harassment keep quiet. It is time we supported them, rather than question them.

Wean Your Kids and Yourself Off Fear

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
The obsession of iGen teens with safety is one cause of their unhealthy levels of anxiety and there's something adults can do something about.

Saving Silence: Finding Quiet in a Chaotic World

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Startup Your Life
When is the last time you were truly in just one place and not on-call to the rest of the world?

Do You Know About The "Missed Approach" Procedure?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on November 15, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
It's a standard procedure, but since it isn't used often, if you don't know about it, it could really frighten you.

Domestic Violence Victims Kept Silent by Trump’s Policies

It's vital to create a safe and supportive environment for a person looking to escape an abusive situation. Our current immigration policies do not create such an environment.

Block the Pop-Ups: Think Less, Think Better

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Imagination is used in a positive way whenever it brings peace. Imagination is used negatively whenever it brings unnecessary agitation.

Analyzing a Long Series of Dreams: A Conference Presentation

A new method of exploring the meaningful patterns in a long series of dreams can shed light on personal relationships, emotional concerns, cultural activities, and spiritual views.

Do Animals Have Emotions? A Debate

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
The legitimacy of the argument that non-human animals have emotions is debated by an advocate and a skeptic.

Hope Springs Eternal

If there is one grand universal truth about true leaders, it is that even in the worst of times, leaders convey hope.

Seasonal Stalking: How Ex-Lovers Turn Rejection Into Revenge

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Tis the Season. Jilted, persistent paramours and lonely ex-lovers view the holidays as the season to turn rejection into revenge. Recognize when holiday blues become red flags.

Can Bad Emotions Be Good for You?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 12, 2017 in Wander Woman
Nonpositive emotions can motivate productive behavior. Learn how you can use them to channel your energy in positive directions.

52 Ways: What Motivates Others Who Threaten A Relationship?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
A couple's relationship can be threatened by others. To minimize potential damage, explore conscious or unconscious motives that a third-party might have.
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Mindfulness for the Introvert

By Leah Weiss, Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Whole-Hearted Path
How does an introvert learn to speak up? The answer is in the practice of mindfulness.

The Flavors of Everyday Anxiety

The blending of fear with other emotions produces the variety of ways in which anxiety is felt.

Why Do So Many People Fear Public Speaking?

Is the old saying true that it's better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt?

Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Human Fear

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
An interview with Blake Chapman, author of a new and important book that portrays sharks as who they truly are.

Dead Man Talking: Deceased Killers Reveal Motive for Murder

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Words Matter: In retrospect, mass murderers were in the best position to predict the crime. Threat assessors advise us to both look and listen.

Dogs Smell Human Fear and Mirror Our Mood When They Do

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A recent study shows what many have "known" about the power of a dog's nose and its ability to detect what we're feeling. New data show dogs smell human fear and also get scared.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.

A Quick Fix for Conquering Your Fear

Sometimes you can move past a fear quickly, if you are willing to act.

Five Ways Becoming a Parent May Decrease Your Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in In Practice
Parenthood won't necessarily make your anxiety worse. It's possible that becoming a mother or father may decrease your anxiety. Here are five ways this can happen.

10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever

We're robbing American teenagers of the mental strength they need to stay healthy.
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From Russia with Love

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
If we don’t emphasize what connects us, we will be divided.

Why You Should Smile in Your Online Photo

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
When selecting a handsome photo to augment your witty dating profile text, consider that photo selection can quickly define your desirability—or lack thereof.

The Meaning of Halloween

Why do we like to be scared on special occasions while we seek comfort on most others? Here are two ways to confront the darkness for the sake of a deeper and happier life.
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Cabin 28, and Other Rural Crimes

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
In time for October's end, a team of writers take on the disturbing crimes that happened in isolated places.