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

Is Fear of Emotion Driving Our Addiction?

We are more likely to overcome an addiction when we learn to face our emotions rather than listening to an inner enemy that tells us to seek escape.

Unexpected Effect of Dreaming on Fear Memories

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Your brain is busy while you sleep.

Trauma, PTSD, and Memory Distortion

One of the cruelest aspects of PTSD is that traumatic memories intensify over time, contributing to its progressive nature. This phenomenon may have once had value for humans.

EgyptAir: Now What?

The cause will not be officially determined for some time. But no airliner has come apart in mid-air due to technical failure in more than sixty years.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Passing the Baton, Mother to Son: You Rock!

By Greg O'Brien on May 18, 2016 in On Pluto
The efficacious passing of the baton in a relay race is as fundamental as lacing up a pair of running shoes, and has relevance in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

GMO Science Denial: The Danger of Affective Risk Perception

Evidence finds that GMOs pose no human or environmental health risk, yet many deny that mountain of evidence. Why, and how does such science denial create real danger?

Early Adolescence, Loss of Confidence, and Fears of Trying

Confidence motivates trying. Most early adolescents leave some confidence behind when they separate from childhood, and now they have some building back up of themselves to do.

Focus on Older Adults: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 16 - 22 is Older Adult Mental Health Week. Depression, elder abuse and substance abuse/addiction are compromising the health and well-being of our older adult population.

A Family Health Portrait

The majority of people with mutations that cause the most common hereditary cancer syndromes are not aware of their mutations.

5 Tips to Instantly Reduce Your Anxiety

Most of us experience anxiousness from time to time. Here are five quick countermeasures you can deploy to instantly reduce anxiety...

How Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment

The results of our experiment paint a very striking picture of the power of therapy involving VR in treating patients with persecutory delusions.

When You're Triggered by Mother's Day

By Anneli Rufus on May 11, 2016 in Stuck
If you've been toxically parented, you'll find yourself conflicted at times like this. You're not alone, and your reluctance to buy flowers is not your fault.
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Got Death Anxiety?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Evil Deeds
Do you have hidden death anxiety?

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

How to Face Death With Equanimity

By Sheila Kohler on May 10, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Of all my seven grandchildren, Masha is the only one at whose birth I assisted. It was a privileged moment in my life. Yet I was anxious.

4 Myths About OCD

Even though OCD is more prevalent than celiac disease, few people understand how to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to the illness.

Social Anxiety: Mapping Its 7 Key Components

These key elements help us understand social anxiety.

No-Win Conflicts in Intimate Relationships

How you fight and resolve your conflicts can speak to the overall health of your relationship.

Success Rules in Flux: Evidence From a Confounding Campaign

I’m visiting with friends and one of them asks, “What is going on? Is this America?"

Retirement—Dealing With Uncertainty and Fear

If you are like most people, you find comfort in a certain level of stability and routine. Retirement can be a source of great anxiety and uncertainty.

The Gift of Fear

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Anxiety Files
Understanding the evolutionary basis of everyday fears

Bipolar Treatment Is More Than Just Tools To Lower Intensity

By Tom Wootton on April 30, 2016 in Bipolar Advantage
The brakes-only solutions that are the current standard of care traps everyone in the driveway for the rest of their lives where they live in fear for the next time the brakes fail

Addicted to Romantic Suspicion

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When you are absolutely 100% sure he or she is cheating, and you are absolutely 100% dead wrong every time.

The No. 1 Reason You Should Never Be Afraid to Try

New research confirms the proverb, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Unfortunately, a fear of failure is contagious and often passed on from parents to their children.

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

Do Panic Attacks Really Come Out of the Blue?

It is often claimed that panic attacks are not triggered by specific environmental or interpersonal stressors because they seemingly happen at any time. This is misleading.

Anxiety, Fears, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Learn to breathe deeply to calm yourself down.

A Hidden Threat to Human and Environmental Health

By David Ropeik on April 22, 2016 in How Risky Is It, Really?
We aren't worried enough about climate change. We are too worried about nuclear radiation. Both of those Risk Perception Gaps put us at greater risk.

Bullied at Work? Why You Might Not Have Any Protection

What psychological factors allow organizations to avoid taking action against abusive bullying behavior?