The Brain on Fear – Tackle Your Fears
Brain Palace Survival
The primary function of the brain is to ensure survival of the host…you.
Fido, the brain’s attentive guard puppy is determined, to the best of its ability, to get you through whatever unsafe situation arises.
From infancy, parents, community, tradition, religion, science, ists and isms and politicians, our brains constantly acquire cognition:
- knowledge and understanding through learning, experience
input from the senses:
- Sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch
Fears and phobias are controlled through the process of the accumulation of life experiences and memories associated with the fear.
Fido, Memory Fetcher
Fido is always on alert, ready to instantly fetch memories, gather thoughts, revisit experiences…
when a fear is strong…it’s kitchen sink time.
Pay Attention, Listen to your thoughts:
- You are eating a dry peanut butter cracker
- Did Fido retrieve thoughts of refreshing liquid beverages?
- awakened by a bump in the night
- Did Fido remind you to fold laundry…not!
- The word:Glossophobia
- Is your guard PUPPY perplexed by this funny, weird word?
- You are selected to speak…in public
- Did your Fido just dig up a huge pile of dirty old bones?
Let’s Roll those Dirty Old Bones…
Examine FEAR Words
- Oh Noooooooo!
- I’m not smart enough I’m not educated enough
- I’m not qualified
- I have no degree – authority
- I’m not allowed – Insensitive
- I’m not capable – above pay scale
- Don’t rock the cradle
- Where is my lucky coin, shoes, socks
Examine FEAR Feelings
- I will lose friends,
- I will lose approval,
- Social ostracizism
- I will create animosity,
- Betray trust
- I have unpopular opinions,
- I will face ridicule, insecurity
- I will endure humiliation
- My worst nightmare will come true!
- I will reveal weakness
- Judged weak
- Nom, Nom, Nom…where’s my security blanket?
Baby Steps to Mental Freedom
- Fear can be rational or appropriate
- Fear can be irrational or inappropriate – a phobia ( FO-bee-uh)
- Fear ensures survival and status quo
Glossophobia, a fear of public speaking is a common type of social phobia, (social anxiety disorder). Glossophobics feel excessive self-consciousness, fear humiliation in social situations where they may be embarrassed or judged in front of others.
How we react to fear usually sets hold early in infancy and childhood.
Youngsters have limited knowledge and immature coping skills. Severity of trauma can magnify where the proverbial monster in the closet is born.
What childhood Phobia(s) have you permanently, successfully expunged?
How do you handle or conquer irrational fear?
Coping tips and skills to develop
- Took the Plunge:
- Professional help
- Do it Yourself psychology (self-help books/tapes/videos)
- Visualization: (through Adult Eyes)
- Confrontation / Acceptance:
Remember, there are no strangers in Toastmasters, only friends you haven’t met.
Questions to Spark Conversations with Your Brain
|Face your fears
|Examine the evidence
|Imagine the worst
|Make a Trade-In
If you could cure Glossophobia by trading it in for a more reasonable, unreasonable fear, which phobia would you choose?
|Courage VS Security
You find a magic sword impaled into a boulder.
Public Speaking is required to loosen the sword.
How do you convince the stone that you are the right Public Speaker?
|Transform Fear Into Excitement
Public Speaking is an amusement park ride.
Describe your ride: examples
Helpful sites about phobias and irrational-fears and how to control feelings of fear.