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Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week the nation came one step closer to giving itself over to the most dangerous and unstable potential leader in U.S. history, as Donald Trump "humbly" accepted the Republican presidential nomination - so humbly, in fact, that he went on to claim that "I alone can fix" America. It capped a week of nightly disarray - with Trump more than living up to the "chaos candidate" title given to him by Jeb Bush. But what shone through the most in his endless and largely shouted speech was fear - fear of immigrants, fear of diversity, fear of the nation America has become. The key refrain was "again," with Trump promising to make America "strong again," "proud again," "safe again." Never mind that America is actually, for instance, very safe - despite recent upticks, crime is still at historic lows. Trump the builder was building a sinister vision of a lost Eden, one that's been taken away by the scary, dangerous Other. And his calls for unity were unity by removal of the other. Trump has rebranded America as a dark, hostile, pessimistic, fearful place. And he only wins by building that place in our minds. But, to paraphrase FDR, we have nothing to fear but the manipulation and cynical nurturing of fear. Trump is, in essence, shorting America. That's his bet. And that's the bet we must reject - not only at the polls but in our minds and hearts.

Trump's 'Be Very Afraid' Versus The Bible's 'Be Not Afraid'

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

What does it mean that a large portion of self-described American Christians - e.g. 62% of evangelicals - intend to vote for a candidate who works to instill unnecessary, inappropriate fear in the American people?

Gutters And Castles

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

Awake and asleep all at once and lying on my side on a hard bed, slowly waking. I had no clue where I was, a sensation so familiar as to remove any tartness. Instead, I was blasé about discovering where now had I landed.

Donald Trump is America's Diet Pill

Melody L. Boyd | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Melody L. Boyd

The problem, of course, is that diet pills don't work. They over promise and under deliver. And the things they do deliver are hefty price tags and often awful side effects. They make complicated, beautiful, strong, capable, unique bodies seem like problems that we have to instantly fix. And we lose a lot in that calculation.

WATCH: Refocus (Getting Back on Track)

Brad Yates | Posted 07.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

There are a lot of things going on that are demanding our focus - and take us away from where we can be most powerful and do the most good for ourselv...

How Do We Lift Up Love Over Hate In This Angry Election Season?

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The nature of our public discourse is a very important test for the moral health of a nation. The civility of that public discussion and debate should be a central concern; the kinds of people who are denigrated or lifted up is critical. Even how opponents are treated is indicative of both the public and personal character of political leaders.

Republicans Want You To Be Afraid Of All The Wrong Things

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Andrew Winston

There are well-documented reasons that we humans are fearful of the wrong things (from an odds perspective).

That Was A Very Scary Speech Donald Trump Just Gave

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Be afraid. Be very afraid. That was the essential message of the Republican National Convention this week and it was the same essential ...

The Three Letters That Change Everything

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

See what happened there? Those three simple letters changed everything. All of a sudden it wasn't that I couldn't do something...but that I couldn't do it at this moment. And, if I wanted to, I could do it in the future.

My Love Letter To You

Alicia Henry | Posted 07.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia Henry

Thank you for the love letter, the art you made me, the authentic compliment, and for asking a stranger to dinner. I hope that you'll receive this love letter back to you.

A Letter To My Child In A Time Of Terror

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

I have been your mother for four years and 15 days, and every one of those days I have considered the countless ways that you might die. This, I am to...

Are You Making Bad Choices Because Of Fear?

Christine Arylo | Posted 07.14.2016 | Women
Christine Arylo

Think of any choice you have tried to make recently or in the past where your mind was going crazy trying to figure out which option to choose. Usually you end up playing a game of mental ping pong trying to decide between two choices - "Do I do this? or "Do I do that?"

3 Reasons You'll Never Be Ready, But You Should Do It Anyway

Shanice J. Douglas | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Shanice J. Douglas

It can be tempting to use the concept of “perfection” as a self-imposed barrier to taking action. You want to do something ― It could be anythin...

Finding Strength in Being Different

Nozomi Morgan | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Nozomi Morgan

One fear many of my clients face is the fear of being different. It might sound schoolgirl-ish, but it's something many of us carry around, even as adults. (I do, too!)

Sr. Simone Campbell Says We're Being Called To Change Our Hearts

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In the quiet morning the day after all hell broke loose in Dallas, Texas, as a lone gunman opened fire on police officers who were on duty at a march ...

Got Loyalty?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Linda: Dictionary.com defines loyalty as "faithfulness to commitments or obligations." I much prefer to think of loyalty in terms of commitments that ...

3 Non-Actions To Take When Anxiety, Grief And Not-Knowing Are Your Bed Partners

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

Fear gripped me, like a vice around my guts. I treaded water in the swimming pool in which I had arrived for an early morning dip, before the heat of ...

What Fear Has Done To America: ISIS, Trump And The Murder Of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Charles Howard | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

We understandably feel fear after acts of terror (that are meant to terrorize and invite fear). And that fear of being victimized by the seemingly random and endless violence of groups like ISIL/ISIS makes all of us who are terrorized hate them and in the case of the most fearful and most ignorant, hate anyone we believe to be associated with them.

Fear The Real Terrorist

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Sister Jenna

It's not Islamic fundamentalist, it's the fear in souls. We are called to confront the foundation of our fears and our lack of trust with every thought we have.

All The Single Ladies -- How Come?

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 07.05.2016 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

Many women of all ages secretly hope to marry but are too bashful to say so--whether because it's not popular to announce their desire, they fear being viewed as needy or desperate, or they lack confidence that they'll succeed.

The Happiness Ratio

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

I recently found myself chatting with a woman I hadn't met before. She was working a whole lot of hours. She had several kids. She didn't sleep much. ...

See Worry As Self-Harassment And Fear As A Friend

Kare Anderson | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Kare Anderson

"Whenever you've felt profound fear, it was usually linked to the presence of danger, imminent pain or death, said security firm founder and author of...

Healing The Human Heart In A World That Seems To Be Mad

Christine Arylo | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women
Christine Arylo

In a world that at times seems to have gone mad, what can you do? How should you feel? What is your part to creating a world where peace is more prese...

The gifts of fear and anxiety

Matthew Sandusky | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Matthew Sandusky

For the past two and a half years I have dedicated my life to being a voice for the voiceless and fighting for justice for those who have been hurt. A...

The Toxic Temptation Of Prejudice

Friedemann Schaub | Posted 06.30.2016 | HuffPost Home
Friedemann Schaub

A man was sitting in his plane seat, calmly scribbling notes on a pad while waiting for takeoff. The woman sitting next to him, who watched him writin...