Essential Reads

Stress Makes It Harder to Recognize Danger

By Lydia Denworth on October 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Sometimes stress heightens our awareness, but more often, it dulls our ability to respond to new threats. Recognizing the risk and reducing sources of stress can help.

Acute American Anxiety (AAA) Disorder: A New Diagnosis?

Serious stress, anxiety, and fear are in the air and seem pervasive in our country and culture with symptoms seemingly getting worse by the day. But we can cope better if we try.

Fear Is the NRA and Gun Industry’s Deadliest Weapon

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
Nothing sells guns like fear—including the fear of not having a gun.

Seeking Redemption: The Rage of Alzheimer’s

By Greg O'Brien on October 04, 2017 in On Pluto
Profane language can be common in Alzheimer’s. An expression of gut rage and loss of filter, along with inadvertent grabbing, kicking, pushing, and throwing.

More Posts on Fear

5 Reasons Fear of Failure Sustains Toxic Love

There is far greater risk in holding onto unhappy relationships that do not meet an individual’s needs than there is in moving on. Five reasons fear of failure keeps people stuck.

Risk, Fear, and the Rise of Demagogues

By George Michelsen Foy on October 11, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Politicians have traditionally appealed to our fight-or-flight reflex to save their political bacon. Donald Trump looks set to do the same.
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Keeping a Positive Attitude

By Diana Raab PhD on October 10, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the negative news and the apparent increase in mass murders in the U.S.? While disheartening, it's important to also be mindful of all the good.
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Why Do We Self-Sabotage?

Do you find yourself repeatedly asking "Why do I do this to myself?" You may be a victim of your own bad habits.
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Living in a World of Opposites, What's the Best Way to Cope?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 09, 2017 in Off the Couch
We live in a world filled with turmoil and contradictions. How do we manage the feelings they stir up? And what can we do to make things better?
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The Structure of Fear

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 08, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A psychology class studies their experience of fear by visiting a reportedly haunted asylum.

3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 07, 2017 in The Older Dad
Are your children anxious from the media coverage of horrific events? Here are tips to identify their anxiety and help them cope with their fears.

Staying Grounded as the World Rumbles

Worried about the next fire, hurricane, earthquake, or other disaster? We're programmed to be on the watch for threats to our survival. Here's how to remain calm.

What Is the Source of Evil?

By Sheila Kohler on October 06, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
After the mass killings in Las Vegas, President Trump declared it was an act of pure evil. Is there any way to understand an action of this kind?

How To Approach Anxiety with Cleverness, Part 2

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in All about Anxiety
We “act as though” all day long—that the coffee we purchased is uncontaminated, and that gravity will keep our feet planted to the ground. When stuck, let it help you take action.

How We Can Prevent Public Health Crises

The measles epidemic in Minnesota was recently declared over. But we can't afford to rest easy.

Pushing Forward by Not Living in Fear After a Violent Attack

How do we, as humans, process fear after a violent attack while overcoming the obstacles of terror and loss through the power of resilience and compassion?

Tragedy in Las Vegas: Strategies for Psychological Healing

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Strategies for psychologically processing and helping others through this difficult time.

Fear and Uncertainty

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
I do not want to live in fear. Do you?
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Managing Anxiety After a Mass Shooting

After national tragedies like Las Vegas, life is more difficult for everyone. It may seem difficult, but finding a way to feel safe is essential to living well and thriving.
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Lifting the Fog of Fear

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
The film of your life is still being shot.

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?

7 Ways to Calm Your Worried Mind and Reduce Anxiety

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 30, 2017 in Prescriptions for Life
Just because you've "always been a worrier" doesn't mean you have to stay that way. These evidence-based tips help to decrease anxiety and could even heal your worried brain.

Are Others a Threat or a Benefit?

It is so important at times like these to step back and think about how people come to the point of acting out in hate against one another.
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How Do You Say It Will Be All Right?

Active shooter training in schools can cause worry in kids and stress in parents. Here are some tips for coping.

The Talking Cure

By Bruce Grierson on September 28, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
What does it take to conquer a phobia? Maybe just 12 hours of insane courage.

Fear of Missing Out

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 26, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
The qualities needed to create a business may not be the qualities needed to publicize it, or even to run it.
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How Far Would You Go for Avoidance?

If you aren’t able to make clear what you want and express how you feel in your relationships, those relationships—and you—will suffer.
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‘Exquisite’ Complexity of a Cell Network

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on September 25, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
On regulating fear circuits.

Oxytocin Ain't Behavin' How Scientists Thought It Would

By Christopher Bergland on September 23, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, oxytocin (which is often called "the love hormone") also has a dark side that intensifies feelings of social defeat and fuels anxiety-driven behavior.

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!

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?