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Fight or Flight

3 Tensions Hiding in Your Body

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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.

Sensitivity Training

Doug Binzak | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

Grounding yourself in body sensitivity serves as a circuit breaker to take you out of your chronic "fight or flight" state.  Practice becoming aware of another's experience, especially when that other is your own body.

How To Stop Fear In Its Tracks

Mary Pritchard | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

Fear. Your mortal enemy and career killer. How can one emotion help you fly through one situation like you have wings, yet be your downfall in another situation?

How to Blow (and Suck) Your Blues Away... Today!

David Harp | Posted 10.02.2012 | Healthy Living
David Harp

Do you sometimes feel beaten down by "the blues"? Here's how to blow them away, quite literally!

Fear, Gloom, and Panic, Oh My!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Dr. Jim Taylor

If the fight-or-flight survival instinct, which is so deeply woven into our DNA, no longer fulfills our most basic needs to survive, what new form of survival instinct do we need to evolve to help us to survive in the concrete, metal, and hard-wired world in which we now live?

Is Our Survival Instinct Failing Us?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.13.2012 | Science
Dr. Jim Taylor

The fight-or-flight reaction to threats is far too simplistic to effectively overcome many of the threats we are confronted with today. In fact, not only is this hardwired response often not effective, but it can be counterproductive to our survival.

Have Compassion For Your Inner Critic: The Reasons Why We Beat Our Selves Up

Kristin Neff | Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kristin Neff

Don't beat yourself up for beating yourself up in the vain hope that somehow it will help you stop beating yourself up. Instead, take a step back and give your inner critic some slack. In its ineffective, counterproductive way, your inner critic is actually trying to keep you safe.

The Real Reason Women Respond To Stress Differently Than Men

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 03.14.2012 | Women

When faced with a stressful or dangerous situation, human beings have only two options, “fight” or “flight.” Right? Not if you’re a woman, s...

WATCH: The Science of Fear

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.05.2012 | Education
Cara Santa Maria

This Halloween, think about what's actually happening to your brain and body when you are shaking with fear!