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Conquering Fear: How Exposure Therapy Works (PHOTOS)

(9) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 9:22 AM

What's your phobia? Spiders? Snakes? Are you scared of the dark? Whatever your bugaboo, I have some good news: According to a recent study, you might be able to get over your phobia... fast.

"But why would I want to get over...

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Public Speaking: Expert Advice To Help You Fight The Fear

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 7:31 AM

Not too long ago, Becoming Fearless featured a post about the new documentary "Speak," which follows the lives of several men and women competing to win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. I've since seen the DVD (you can order it here, and...

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Brooklyn Bridge Graffiti: Soul Wisdom From Around The World

(10) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 8:06 AM

The Brooklyn Bridge is in the midst of getting a facelift, so some rather unsightly scaffolding currently obstructs the usually magnificent, soaring cityscape. As I walked across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan over Labor Day weekend, I was struck by the positive nature of the graffiti scrawled...

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Fearless 'Push Girl' Tiphany Adams: 'It's Okay To Be Vulnerable'

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:53 AM

On October 15, 2000, Tiphany Adams, then a high-school senior in Northern California, was a passenger in a car that was hit head-on by a drunk driver going 130 mph. Tiphany and the two friends who were in the car with her were all pronounced dead at the scene... until...

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6 Inspiring Videos That Bust Fear

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 8:46 AM

I don't know about you, but whenever I'm going through a fearful phase, I like to practice a little self-encouragement by binge-viewing inspiring videos until my quailing spirit resets to "kickass." Over the past several months, a few videos have risen to the top of my bookmarks list to become...

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Fearless 'Push Girl' Auti Angel: 'Once You Fall In Love With The Person, You Forget About The Wheelchair'

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 8:35 AM

On May 2, 1992, professional hip-hop dancer Auti Angel was on the verge of signing a recording contract with Columbia Records. The next day, her spinal cord was severed in a terrible car wreck, leaving her permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Now, ten years later, Auti is...

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LISTEN: Have An Attitude Of Gratitude! (SONGS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Want to feel all warm and sunny inside, like you can do anything and already have it all? This playlist is sort of an aural shot of caffeine, with a bunch of virtual high-fives thrown in. Beware: You may start skipping down the street.

What magical collection of musical notes...

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SLIDESHOW: 14 Fearless Characters In YA Novels

(14) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 9:31 AM

I haven't thought about Encyclopedia Brown for years, but when I read that the author of those wonderful books -- Donald J. Sobol -- passed away last week, I had an instant flash of my young self sitting at my parents' kitchen table, reading an Encyclopedia Brown book...

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'Deadliest Catch' Captain Sig Hansen: 'Every Time We Leave The Dock With A Full Load Of Pots, I'm Afraid'

(79) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:29 AM

Sig Hansen has been captain of the crab-fishing vessel Northwestern for almost 20 years, and he and his boat have starred on the Discovery Channel's Emmy-winning reality show "Deadliest Catch" for all 8 seasons. In this candid interview, the captain...

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Fearless Body Image: Lessons From The Mermaid Parade (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2012 | 8:33 AM

Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade -- the ecstatic annual gathering of scantily clad folks who aren't afraid to wear sequiny, sea-inspired costumes in broad daylight, with thousands of people watching. Where do these revelers get their amazing body confidence? That's what we...

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First-Job Fears: Real-Life Advice For Those Starting Out (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2012 | 2:00 AM

I remember my 16th birthday like it was yesterday. My mom, dad, sister and I sat in the living room together, me on the couch beside a large pile of presents. The September sunshine streamed in through the front window, illuminating the various brightly colored packages. I reached for the...

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Fearless 'Push Girl' Mia Schaikewitz: 'Being Paralyzed Is My Perfect Life Challenge!'

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 8:36 AM

When she was 15 years old, Mia Schaikewitz was a competitive swimmer in Atlanta. Suddenly one night she found that she couldn't move her legs. Twelve hours later, she was permanently paralyzed from the waist down: A blood vessel had ruptured in her spinal cord. Now 33, Mia's...

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Fearless 'Push Girl' Angela Rockwood: 'I Literally Just Push Through It All And Try To Stay Positive'

(8) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 9:00 AM

On September 2, 2001, Angela Rockwood was a successful model preparing to marry her fiancé and soul mate, actor Dustin Nguyen. One day later, a car accident made her a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Now she's one of the four inspiring stars of the new Sundance...

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Fearless Negotiation: Tips From Harvard's William Ury

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 8:34 AM

In light of last week’s Republican defeat of the “Paycheck Fairness Act” -- which would have created federal grants to improve women’s salary negotiation skills -- now seems as good a time as any to once again explore the question, “Why do women allegedly still suck...

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How Dreams Can Help You Fight Your Fears

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 8:28 AM

As Arianna Huffington pointed out in the Becoming Fearless video "Simple Sleep Tips With Dr. Breus," "it's really critical to remember what a source of information and insight and wisdom dreams can be."

Gayle Delaney, Ph.D., co-founder of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and...

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Fear Dreams: What Are They Trying To Tell You?

(64) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Upon waking from a disturbing nightmare, we often attempt to shake off the fear that lingers by telling ourselves, "It was just a dream." But according to Gayle Delaney, Ph.D., co-founder of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and one of the pioneers of modern dream theory, the...

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Emptying My Bucket List

(28) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 7:42 AM

In her bestselling book On Becoming Fearless, Arianna Huffington writes about how, as we grow older, it's crucial for us to let go of dreams, goals, and roles we've outgrown:

"On my fortieth birthday I made a list of all the things I was no good at, didn't...

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Courageous Spending: Grad Student Risks $3,500 On India Dream

(5) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 7:10 PM

Last week, Becoming Fearless ran a post on abundance which featured readers' tweets on the topic of financial bravery. One of those tweeters was Allison Asplin, who tweeted, "Sponsor bailed on funding my research trip to India. I paid for it myself - & it helped me get...

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Notes From a Life Lived Fearlessly

(14) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 6:00 PM

I guess you could say that I got this Becoming Fearless editor gig by making the study of fearlessness a lifetime habit. Over the past 20 years, I've read practically every book on the subject I could get my hands on, including Arianna's wonderful On Becoming...

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