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

Discovering the Gold

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we lock into a sense of falling short and the fear of failure, mindfulness and compassion practices help us to wake from this trance and remember who we really are.

5 Strategies to Relieve Anxiety

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on February 25, 2017 in In Flux
Anxiety is a state all of us will encounter probably many times during the course of a lifetime. Because it can cause much discomfort and worry, mastery of it is essential.

The Lost Origin of Coulrophobia, the Abnormal Fear of Clowns

How serious an issue is an abnormal fear of clowns? Where did the term coulrophobia even come from? The answer may be lost to time, locked away behind a wall built by brain trauma.
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Is Your Child More Anxious and Worried Since the Election?

By Allison Carmen on February 24, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Many parents on both sides of the political aisle have added to their children’s worry and anxiety by not being more careful with their words before and after the election.

“The Noise in Your Head” Video Series

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Follow a young woman who struggles with anxiety & applies treatment principles to her everyday life. She engages Anxiety in a competition to win her life back.

Dealing with Fear of Growing Irrelevant

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
Whatever our age, we want to feel like a player.

The Neuroscience of Fearful Memories and Avoidance Behaviors

By Christopher Bergland on February 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified how the brain remembers fearful experiences. And how fear-based memories can lead to avoidance behaviors.

Are Refugees a Threat to Americans?

Are refugees a threat to the safety of Americans? Research suggests we needn't be afraid.

The Most Basic Way We Regulate Our Feelings

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on February 19, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
We can't use our own two feet inside a car. But anxiety does not develop. The ground is immediately accessible. Imagination of a plane crash is the opposite.

Fears, Beliefs, and Facts

Whether one is an optimist by nature or a pessimist instead, it is important to keep perspective—especially under stressful or ambiguous circumstances.

Playing With Politics vs. Playing Politics

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Play in Mind
Is the game of politics play?

Addicted to Your Kid? Narcissism, Fear and Parenting

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 13, 2017 in Adoption Stories
It's possible for people to be addicted to other people—including their children.

Risks and Unspoken Promises of Intimacy

Are you ready to flex your world to accommodate the needs of another? That's what is necessary for healthy intimate relationships.

10 Ways to Defuse the Hostility of People Who Are Angry

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
We can all benefit from handling anger without responding in kind.

Living With/out Fear: The Power of Being a Rational Optimist

By Jason Powers M.D. on February 10, 2017 in Beyond Abstinence
Living a passionate life, devoid of fear.
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A Survival Guide for Uncertain Times #3: Positive Thinking?

By Allison Carmen on February 10, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Giving up positive thinking and embracing the mindset of Maybe can be the key to finding strength and resilience in uncertain times.

Subconscious Fear Exposure Helps Reduce Phobias, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on February 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that a technique called "backward masking" can help arachnophobes reduce their fear of spiders simply by subconsciously viewing images of spiders.

Zombie Nerves

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
When reality feels overwhelming, popular fantasies can simplify and highlight important themes.

Compassion for Trump?

Many of us are in the grips of difficult emotions triggered by the presidency of Donald Trump. But can we have compassion for him? And can this be transformative?

What You May Not Know About Serial Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Rather than being satisfied when they murder, serial killers are driven toward repeating their killings in an unending “serial” cycle.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall. Mirror, Mirror, Neurons All

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 04, 2017 in The I-M Approach
We mirror the emotions of other people. What happens when that emotion is fear?

Mental Illness and Violence: Would I Do That?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Many people are plagued by violent thoughts they have no desire to act on. Fortunately treatment can help.

Paranoia About Immigrants, The Danger of Fear

By David Ropeik on February 03, 2017 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Fear protects, but it can also endanger when it's an overreaction to the evidence.

Paranoia: From Parenting to Politics

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Me in We
How paranoia in American parenting fuels paranoia in politics.

Terror, Love, and Brainwashing

By The Book Brigade on February 02, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Cults and brainwashing are more common than you might think. The best defense is educating children about the dangers of manipulative people and the techniques they use.
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5 Ways to Start Living Fearlessly

By Tara Well Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Clarity
Feeling like the world is getting scarier? Try these 5 ways to feel safer right now.

The Beautiful Cart of Burdens

Do you act for others not out of genuine concern, but out of a need to act a certain way in order to maintain relationships?

Anxiety and Your Skin

Is anxiety causing skin issues?

Raising Children With Love or Dynamite?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Every animal has a nest that optimizes the development of the young. Humans have an intensive nest and without it they miss their potential and can become vicious. Welcome to now.

Trumping Fear

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on January 28, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Did the 2016 Presidential Election make you sad, angry, afraid, and stressed? We can use our knowledge about brain science to help each other through this. It's all about respect.