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Fear is a Friend Who’s Misunderstood

Fear is a Friend Who’s Misunderstood

I was listening to the radio the other day, and a John Mayer song came on. I was struck by one line in the song: fear is a friend who’s misunderstood. I don’t usually get huge psychological insights from John Mayer, but I thought this line was particularly deep. I...
How Good Will Hunting Teaches Us To Engage with Our Life

How Good Will Hunting Teaches Us To Engage with Our Life

One of my favorite movies of all time is Good Will Hunting. If you haven’t seen it, go rent it. The movie follows the story of a young genius (Will, played by Matt Damon) with a troubled past. Being a psychologist, I love the counseling scenes with Will and Sean...
Follow Your Fear If You Want To Grow

Follow Your Fear If You Want To Grow

“Find out what a person fears most, and that is where he will develop next.” -Carl Jung Fear is Powerful I love this quote by Carl Jung, because it touches on a deep truth that permeates our lives. Fear is perhaps the most powerful emotion we experience. When we...
Being Present Reduces Fear

Being Present Reduces Fear

I’m getting married in a couple months, and as part of our premarital counseling, our counselor assigned us a book to read, called Saying What’s Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success by Susan Campbell. One of the key points in the book is...
The Need to Control (And Getting Scared)

The Need to Control (And Getting Scared)

Sometimes I feel the need to control everything about my life, including the people I’m in relationship with. I experienced this the other day. I was working on a project that involved coordination from a bunch of different people. I needed to get some paperwork from...
Donald Trump and the Psychology of Fear

Donald Trump and the Psychology of Fear

Fear is a powerful emotion. Psychologist Abraham Maslow said that our need for safety and security is foundational to our existence. The only needs that are more foundational are biological needs such as oxygen, food, and water. Because our need for safety and...
Jeremy Renner and Conquering Your Fears

Jeremy Renner and Conquering Your Fears

I was watching an interview recently with Jeremy Renner (the star of the latest Mission Impossible movie). The interviewer asked about Jeremy’s process with facing his fears. I loved his response. He said that when he was young, he noticed that fear was the most...
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