Terrorism, the Sociopath, and Shame

Within hours of the Orlando killings, newscasters and commentators were asking the predictable and familiar question: was the shooter a terrorist radicalized by ISIS ideology or was he struggling with a mental illness?

Jun 20

Categories: Fear, Shame

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Special Report: The Psychology Of Terrorism

Since September 11, terrorism has been an ever present threat gnawing at our collective peace of mind. To contend with a threat, it is better to understand the forces that shape it. That is where science enters in. What can psychology tell us about ...

Jun 14

Categories: Fear

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The Most Reassuring Thing You Can Say To Someone Experiencing Fear ...

Phobias and anxieties are best dealt with by facing them. It is not easy, but if done step-by-step most people can learn to deal with anxieties and fears, possibly even overcome them.

Feb 15

Categories: Anxiety, Fear

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The power of magical thinking: Why superstitions are hard to shake

When sports fans wear their lucky shirts on game day, they know it is irrational to think clothing can influence a team’s performance. But they do it anyway.

Nov 11

Categories: Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Fear

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4 Tips For Finally Facing Your Fears

We know that the best way to deal with our fears is to face them. But, naturally, this sounds like a terrifying proposition. Thankfully, we can learn healthy ways to approach our fears instead of avoiding and denying them.

Nov 4

Categories: Anxiety, Fear, Health Psychology

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Haunted House Science: You Don’t Need Gore To Terrify, If You Know ...

Scare tactics informed by brain science.

Oct 31

Categories: Fear, Other

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Understanding sleep paralysis: a terrifying but unique state of ...

With an increasing amount of scientific study into sleep paralysis, researchers are slowly getting closer to unraveling its mystery.

Oct 6

Categories: Fear, Sleep Disorders

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Psychology of Fear: Why do we love watching horror movies?

As we watch horror movies, our palms turn sweaty, skin temperature drops, muscles become tense and blood pressure spikes. Why are people drawn to it?

Sep 25

Categories: Fear

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Tactophobia

Have you had an abnormal, often unwarranted fear of doing something too fast?

May 11

Categories: Fear

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Oxytocin helps to better overcome fear

Frightening experiences do not quickly fade from memory. A team of researchers under the guidance of the University of Bonn Hospital has now been able to demonstrate in a study that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain ...

Nov 15

Categories: Fear

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Guided Mindfulness Meditation on Overcoming Anxiety and Fear

If you are feeling a tightness in your chest, faster heartbeat, or shortened breath, you are likely feeling symptoms of anxiety and ...

Oct 2

Categories: Anxiety, Fear, Mindfulness Meditation

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Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright

Joe Kowan is a musician who experiences strong fear of performing in public. How did he manage this potentially career crushing ...

Sep 18

Categories: Fear

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EEG Study Findings Reveal How Fear is Processed in the Brain

An estimated 8% of Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point during their lifetime. Brought on by an overwhelming or stressful event or events, PTSD is the result of altered chemistry and physiology of the brain. ...

Sep 18

Categories: Fear

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The Importance of Getting Help for Fear and Anxieties

Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery.

Aug 26

Categories: Anxiety, Fear, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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How the gut feeling shapes fear

We are all familiar with that uncomfortable feeling in our stomach when faced with a threatening situation. By studying rats, researchers at ETH Zurich have been able to prove for the first time that our 'gut instinct' has a significant impact on ...

May 26

Categories: Anxiety, Fear

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