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

Emotional Connection

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in In It Together
What is the most effective way to keep your relationship joyful? Learn how to stay connected.

Beat Your Anxiety by Correcting These Mental Miscalculations

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Think Well
Here are a few common, cognitive errors that cause anxiety and what you can do to correct them.
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Challenges In Veteran Mental Health Care:

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 22, 2017 in The War Within
Veteran disability rating system: what you should know.

How to Shrink Your Fears Down to Size

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Making Change
When you stand tall against your fears, they become smaller. First learn to face your fears. Then summon your courage and do it!

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

Nasty Bosses in the Shadows

Has the boss from hell bullied you behind closed doors?

Post-Hurricane Stress, Anxiety, Recovery, and PTSD

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Two major hurricanes and a destructive earthquake occurred in the past week. Are you feeling the stress?

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.
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The Problem of School Refusal

Most children look forward to the new school year with joy and enthusiasm. But for kids with school refusal, it is a nightmare for them and their parents.

How Can Leaders Find Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on September 18, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the SHARP model for a happier life, an easy way to beat procrastination, and the number-one factor in predicting well-being.

Early Adolescence and the Fear of Change

Although parents sometimes feel critical of adolescent changes, they should also be admiring: Separating from childhood and starting to grow takes a lot of courage.

Bedside Manners and Coping with Fear and Anxiety

The power of knowledge can not only improve our emotional symptoms, but our physical ones as well.

How Avoiding Conflict Escalates Conflict In Relationships

Conflict-resilient people have healthier and more intimate relationships.
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Operating From Fear

By Matt James Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Is fear holding you back? Try one of these techniques whenever you feel an old fear keeping you from what you really want in life.

How to Say No Assertively to a Request for Your Time

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on September 14, 2017 in Speak Easy
Do you say yes when you want to say no? Here are 20 ways to say no gracefully, and with less guilt.
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Emotional Contagions

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A science journalist finds himself personally impacted by his comprehensive exploration of social contagions.

Top 5 Payoffs to Staying Stuck

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Wise Open Mind
Why do some people seemingly embrace the process of transformation, while others get stuck. Discover the payoffs to change that keeps us from making a change in our lives.

Healthy and Unhealthy Risk

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Life After 50
Are you stilted in your career because of fear of failure? Or are you a self-destructive risk-taker? Either way, your reality testing is distorted.

Who Will Guard the Guardians?

If twisting a magic ring could make you invisible and you could get away with anything, would you twist it?

"Too Important" or "Too Needy" to Unplug from Technology?

Is it narcissim or a fear of personal irrelevance that leads us to panic when we have to ignore texts or other instant messaging due to where we're at or what we're doing?
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A Brand New Way to Understand Social Anxiety

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on September 12, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Think you know what social anxiety is? This post proves you do not. You'll see social anxiety in an new, helpful way...actually in 6 new and helpful ways.
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16 Tons

By Elizabeth Young on September 11, 2017 in Adaptations
I see in Annie's eyes the fear of a personal apocalypse.

Your Own Personal "American Horror Story"

"American Horror Story" takes it to the extreme, but when our emotional well-being gets threatened, we may develop fears for our physical safety and security.

Therapy for Borderline Personality: Why It Takes So Long

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Understandable mistrust of the therapist, along with fear, shame and complex interactions with family members, make psychotherapy with BPD patients very complicated.

Relationship as Spiritual Practice Part 2

Practices of sacred partnership are numerous, but here are some that we have found to be tremendously helpful. Please don’t be confined to these offerings of practices.

Isn’t It Time? Having the Nerve to Acknowledge Our Strengths

By Rick Miller LICSW on September 07, 2017 in Unwrapped
To let yourself flourish in the full light, inside and out, is a gift to oneself and to the world!

Is Your Mother Narcissistic or Controlling?

By Peg Streep on September 06, 2017 in Tech Support
It's true that children whose emotional needs weren't met by their mothers share common ground, but there are still important differences that affect individual development.
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The Psychology Behind Racism

Can racism and other forms of bigotry be categorized as mental illnesses?

Can't Do It Perfectly? Just Do It, Badly!

By Christopher Bergland on September 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Most of us have a fear of failure. New research suggests that lowering expectations and vowing to "Just Do It, Badly" is a motto that can help you overcome performance anxiety.
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Did Trump Create A Moral Panic To Get Elected?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Is it possible for influential individuals or groups to achieve their goals by either creating or exploiting widespread public fear?