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

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Facing Fears

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on February 22, 2018 in A Family Affair
Is fear for your loved one controlling you? Here are a few suggestions to help you control your fears and worries.

The Mass Shooting-Suicide Connection

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 22, 2018 in Wicked Deeds
Negative and alienating social forces have made suicide the new murder as an increasing number of Americans turn their anger onto themselves.

Who Shouldn't Own a Gun?

Should I carry mace? Should I get a switchblade? Should I, I whispered, just go get myself a gun?

Choosing Love Not Fear

Our relationships offer us the greatest opportunity to practice choosing love over fear.

The Psychology of Gotham City (Volume 2)

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on February 21, 2018 in I Hear You
The psychological problems of fictional supervillains might be a lot more intense than anything you'd see in reality, but scratch the surface and you'll find real psychopathology.
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How to Avoid Studying Your Calls to Death

By Gregg Levoy on February 20, 2018 in Passion!
One of the dangers in trying to figure out your calls is over-analyzing them. Here's the trick to avoiding that impulse.

What’s Wrong with a Little Bit of Jealousy?

The surest way to begin the end of a relationship is to fill it with doubt and neediness.

This Is Your Most Destructive Emotion

By John Kim, LMFT on February 20, 2018 in The Angry Therapist
How to take back control.

The Lazy, Yes Lazy, Job Seeker

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in How To Do Life
What might actually help.

How To Dissolve Fear, Hurt, and Control

By John Kim, LMFT on February 19, 2018 in The Angry Therapist
The three ingredients in our mental stew.

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous: Does It Make Sense?

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 17, 2018 in A Hunger Artist
I analyze the ABA literature to explore whether or not the translation from alcohol addiction to eating disorders results in coherent and constructive principles and practices.
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Facing the Pain of Child Abuse

It can be difficult to allow yourself to experience the pain of childhood abuse but having self-compassion can help.

How to Think About Terrorism

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Anxiety Files
The terrorists want us all to be afraid. But should we?

My Father Was A Gambling Man

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Pop Psych
As younger children play more games with in-game purchases available, debates have begun to arise over whether games with loot boxes should be banned from their hands.
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How Is Your Anger Best Seen as Retaliation?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Evolution of the Self
Basically, all the perceived affronts that make you mad start, unconsciously, with your self-image taking a hit—reviving the ancient, overblown fear that you’re not good enough.

Infidelity: Why Does Your Partner Cheat?

Cheating on Valentine's Day is more common than you might think.

Them! And Us

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Infested Mind
Where did we learn to be frightened by hockey masks and chainsaws? The movies, of course. And films have promoted a fear of insects, from giant ants to brain-boring antlions.

Is It Panic Disorder or Something Else?

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Shyness Is Nice
Experiencing panic attacks doesn't mean you have Panic Disorder. What else might it be?

The Truth Shall Set You Free...

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Happiness on Purpose
Panic attacks are painful, scary and unnecessary. In this blog, find out the cause and cure of all panic attacks.

Why Racial Violence Keeps Us Trapped In Fear

is racial violence going to disappear? What are the disadvantages to racial violence? Defining racial violence

Young Children and the Fear of Death

It can be alarming when your child expresses concerns about mortality, but death worries are common between the ages of 4 and 8. Take the fears seriously, and be calmly reassuring.

Death Cleaning: Embracing the Art of Döstädning

What exactly is döstädning? Think of it is as cleaning house and letting go of the things that no longer need to be carried.

The Heart of the Matter

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on February 06, 2018 in What Is He Thinking?
Peter Gabel's new book helps us understand the sources of loneliness, fearful retreats into false self relationships,and how changing the world involves overcoming these obstacles

The Fear of Missing Out and the Courage to Go In

The fear of missing out is prevalent in our society. What is the remedy?

How a Tiny Cluster of Deep Brain Cells Drives Avoidance

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 05, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Neuroscientists have identified key cells in the deep brain which are activated by anxiety and selectively direct fear-based behaviors.

Who Do You Trust?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Your Wise Brain
Be your whole self; it's your whole self that you can trust. See what happens when you let yourself fall backward into your own arms, trusting that they will catch you.
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Winchester: Truth is Better than Fiction

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
New movie sidesteps psychological richness to focus on cheap horror.

A DNA Marker For Paranoia As Predicted

A new study reports that imprinted genes on chromosome 15 are implicated in paranoia, just as the imprinted brain theory has predicted from the beginning.

The Courage to Show Up

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in The Clarity
What do Brene Brown and DeRay Mckesson have in common? Two thought leaders sit down to talk about courage and change.

Use Absurd Talk to Take Control

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in All about Anxiety
OCD wants you to feel doubt and insecurity. You can take a power position over OCD by adopting a new point of view.