Fear Essential Reads

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

New data provides a possible alternative to breed-specific legislation to control aggression and fearfulness in dogs.

Why Are We So Obsessed with What's 'Natural'?

Wondering what people are talking about when they say they fear 'toxins'? Turns out an obsession with the "natural" is a fundamental feature of our psychologies.

Why Are These Men Downloading Child Pornography?

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Witness
Porn videos have only streamed over tube channels for a single decade. In that brief time, they've wrought unprecedented changes in sexuality.

The Wisdom of "It's Not My Fault"

When we are not caught in self-blame, we are free to love this life. Opening to the possibility of "It’s not my fault" creates space for deep inner freedom.
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Survival of the Scaredest

Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.

Can Envy Ever Be a Positive Emotion?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Talking Apes
Envy lets us know about our rank in the pecking order. But how we respond determines whether the outcome will be destructive or help us become better people.

Developing Drive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
The best approach to increasing motivation depends on what’s suppressing it.

How and Why Societal Elites Manipulate Public Fear

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Public fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials—that is, politicians, law enforcement authorities and the news media.

Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxieties build upon one another, becoming the gateway to bipolar, schizophrenia, and all adult mental disorders.

After the Terrorist Attack

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new study published in the International Journal of Stress Management examines some of the coping styles used in dealing with the daily threat of terrorism

Vehicular Trauma Syndrome

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in The New Normal
A new syndrome related to vehicular trauma is identified.

Disorganized Attachment: Fears That Go Unanswered

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Me in We
How disorganized attachment in infancy impacts emotional and social development.

Emotional Complexity

A few of the elements that make emotions so complicated are habituation, inhibition, constriction, and disinhibition/excitement.

4 Red Flags That a Stranger May Be Trouble

As strange as it sounds, most strangers are safe — statistically speaking. Yet in a world of distraction and multitasking, learn how to remain aware of those who are not.

Can I Trust Him? The Psychology and Philosophy of Trust

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 07, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What is trust, when does it pertain, and can it ever be absolute?

Pleasurable Activities Can Reduce Fear After Disasters

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Although disasters are common (there are about 650 reported disasters a year), there is little research on how people deal psychologically with disasters they experience.

Anger: A Misunderstood Feeling

If curiosity, or interest, is the most under-appreciated feeling, anger may be the most misunderstood.

New Insights Into Paranoia

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in The Me in We
Research reveals that paranoia is a process rather than character trait, one that operates across various mental disorders.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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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Deciding to Create

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
When the truck crashed into the Berlin Christmas market, I was rehearsing with the Bach Choir in the Memorial Church fifteen meters away.

How Much Truth Should We Tell?

By Sheila Kohler on January 17, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
How much truth should we tell and how should we tell it?

Emotions in the Social World

Our emotions are automatic responses to the emotional states of others.

Social Defeat Wreaks Havoc on Brain Circuitry, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study using state-of-the-art technology has pinpointed how bullying and social defeat can alter the functional connectivity between cortical and subcortical brain regions.