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Fight or Flight

Learning to Self-Manage Stress and Lower Performance Anxiety

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

Regardless of whether you're on a stage singing a song, in an office giving a presentation, public speaking, taking a test, running a football or fighting a tiger, your fight or flight system operates in the exact same way. So what can you do about it?

Grit and Good Parenting

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone who has an interest in America's future should read How Chidren Succeed by Paul Tough, who quit his job at the New York Times to research and produce this unflinching, fascinating yet ultimately hopeful look at educational attainment.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

A New Dark Age

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.

Four Steps to Making Change an Opportunity Not a Threat

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

In a series of posts from a few years ago, I described the obstacles to and steps needed to produce positive and long-lasting change. This concern con...

What Fear Does to Your Body and How to Handle It

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

The first time I was on national TV I felt my heart pounding as if it were going to burst through my chest. I felt myself sitting in the studio with g...

How Not To Act When A Man Gives You A Ring

Rosie Noesi | Posted 05.01.2015 | Divorce
Rosie Noesi

If a person goes into their backyard and sees a huge bear three feet away from them, a few things may happen. Either they will be frozen in fear or run back into the house, or they will attempt to fight off the ferocious animal. This traumatizing event now becomes a part of the person's life and stays with them for years to come.

Slow Living Is Healthy Living

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Across time and throughout the world, human beings have swung a pendulum from one end of the spectrum to another in an attempt to find balance. It's p...

3 Tensions Hiding in Your Body

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

Check for these three subtle tensions that cause shallow breathing and learn how to let go of them with these three effective tips. 1. THE SLIGHT...

How Your Stress-Management Techniques Are Making You More Stressed

Jenny C. Evans | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny C. Evans

There are only so many hours in the week. Your to-do list at work and home continues to grow, you're stretched thin and stressed to the max. What you may not know is the ways you've been trying to cope with the stress of it all are actually making you more stressed, not less.

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

'Less Violent' Does Not Have to Mean 'Apathetic'

Marc Gopin | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

Americans may be getting less violent, but we should absolutely not be getting more apathetic and isolationist. The world is a dangerous place with some very violent people in it, as well as some very unfortunate wars between groups that have been set against each other by proxies.

Touch Restores Life

Lisa Guest | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

Sure, I knew at 23 how crucial stress was and how destructive it could be, but little did I know stress would be my life's lesson, not just one tiny t...

Your Safety Zone or Mine? A Collaboration Story

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

When we receive communication from other people that does not support our safety zone, most of us will either fight or flight. The challenge is every person's safety zone has been developed by unique experiences, beliefs, values and knowledge.

WATCH: Where Fear Lives In The Brain

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.29.2013 | Science

Do you love haunted houses? Can't get enough of horror movies? During the Halloween season, many thrill-seekers enjoy getting spooked. But what's r...

When Bad Things Happen at Good Organizations

John Friedman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
John Friedman

I came across a situation -- the details don't matter -- where well-meaning professionals who were faced with a situation they knew was a violation of organizational policies but yet were completely paralyzed into inaction.

New Research Explains Why Women May Respond Better To Stress

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.11.2013 | Women

It's commonly said that women are better at coping with stress than men, but a new study has actually pinpointed why this may be the case. Previou...

Rushing to Conclusions About Adrenaline

Brian B. Hoffman, MD | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science
Brian B. Hoffman, MD

While shots of adrenaline alone do not enormously boost physical or emotional responses, adrenaline and noradrenaline play major roles in helping us cope with what the world throws our way.

What Not To Do When You're Fighting

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

All relationships have conflict. Conflicts are a part of life and can provide an opportunity for learning and growth -- if they are approached with caring for yourself and the other person.

My Journey With Adrenaline

Brian B. Hoffman, MD | Posted 06.10.2013 | Science
Brian B. Hoffman, MD

These days, scientifically sound ideas about adrenaline are often unknowingly intermixed with some fanciful and sensational capacities. I have recently written a biography of adrenaline to tell the full story of this intriguing molecule.

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald: Is Your Stress Response Stuck In The 'On' Position?

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The survival instinct designed to give us tools to fight or flee has turned on us. Now that it is on inappropriately, this response can have the opposite effect. Instead of saving our lives, it can contribute to insomnia, depression, panic attacks, and a host of other health concerns.

What a Weekend With the ROTC Taught Me About the Military

Jake Williams | Posted 02.05.2013 | College
Jake Williams

I traveled with IUP's ROTC to Camp Dawson to act as a journalist embedded into a military unit. Four of my staff members and I ate with the cadets, slept in the same barracks as the cadets and, in some cases, attempted to participate in the same activities.

4 Fast Ways To De-Stress At Your Desk

Jon Wortmann | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

Work. Just the word can cause your stress level to rise. But what most of us don't realize is that we can use our brains to control our stress response wherever we are right now. Here are four ways to de-stress without even leaving your desk.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 4: Decreasing Drama in Your Life

HeartMath LLC | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

If you think you're constantly getting barraged with other people's drama, consider this: Most drama in people's lives is internal.

Northeastern University's Fight or Flight Decision

George Bradt | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
George Bradt

Fight or flight choices are about survival. Knowing when it's best to make a tactical retreat and when it's time to fight is baked into our genes.