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

Worry Nation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
We have much to worry about but there are ways to mitigate.

The Counterintuitive Case for Cougars

Conservationists believe increasing the cougar population will actually save human lives. Will logic trump our ingrained fear of large predators?

Fear of Inadequacy and What to Do About It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we're driven by fear of inadequacy. Here's the way to manage it.

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Fear of success is sometimes a bigger obstacle than fear of failure.

Lack of Moral Fiber (LMF)

Are we, as a species, evolving in terms of moral sensibility…or devolving?
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Coping With Large Scale Tragedies

By Susan Noonan MD on July 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Are you caught in the trap of information overload when bad things happen?

7 Questions to Help You Decode Your Child's SOS and Respond

As you set the limit—calmly and kindly—remind yourself that there’s a reason for your child’s behavior. It may not be what you consider a good reason, but it’s her reason.
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How to Talk to Kids about Mass Shootings and Attacks

How can we help kids cope with violent tragedies? Use a few simple guidelines.

My Wife Interviews Me

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musings on making a difference, the decline of free speech and of good jobs, and fear of death.

The Walking Traumatized: Is This Life in the 21st Century?

Is the 21st century the era of the Walking Traumatized. Ongoing acts of terrorism with 24/7 news and social media coverage would indicate that the answer is yes.

Why Limit Yourself?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Sometimes what seems like a self-esteem problem turns out to be our intuition telling us we're capable of more.

The Presence of Playfulness

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 14, 2016 in On Having Fun
How about this instead? How about just being open to the possibility of joy?

After Dallas, Why Aren't Whites Rushing to Enact Gun Reform?

Guns have become mythologized in our culture. And when something is sacred, regulating it becomes much more difficult.

For People Who Are Angry With “The Other Side”

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Freedom to Grieve
There is one thing we have in common: We are afraid. What have we become? And what can we do?

How to Help Someone With Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in In Practice
Practical tips for helping a friend with anxiety (or spouse/family member). Much of the advice also applies to how to help someone with depression.

Racism and Violence in America

What can well-intentioned white allies do to increase justice and reform and decrease violence in our communities? Here are five guidelines supported by research.

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Facing fear is one of the great challenges in life, and not facing fear is a great cause of depression.

Go Somewhere New

By Russ Gerber on July 09, 2016 in Our Health
Progress, or push-back?

Police Shootings, Racism, Brexit, Trump. What Is Going On?

What is going on in the world? Why do we allow fear, hate, racism and xenophobia to become a rampant mobilizing force in society?

Staring Into an Abyss

What holds so many of us back from recognizing climate change, even though it is right before our eyes?
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5 Warning Signs That You Won't Succeed

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Fearless You
Warning: You might be sabotaging your success!

The Real Cause of Brexit, and Why It Threatens Us All

Around the world people feel like they are losing control over their lives and futures. That produces deep vulnerability and fear, and all sorts of divisive and harmful behaviors

Fear-Filled

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short story about a person whose life was ruled by fear.

The Origins of Our Emotional Life: Our Earliest Feelings

Our earliest nine inborn feelings—“primary affects”—are key to understanding human development and emotional life. What are they? How do they work?

To Failure

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
What would a world look like in which we made our failures as public as our successes?

Sacrificing Reality to Sexual Politics

By Marty Klein PhD on June 30, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Exaggerating or inventing stories to bolster social justice movements will eventually undermine social justice.

The Neuropsychological Impact of Fear-Based Politics

Are you afraid for the future of our country? Our current political environment may be affecting you in ways you don't realize.

2 Ways to Stop Worrying and Overcome Anxiety

Are you caught in an undertow of anxious thoughts? Here's how to break free.