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Among all the automatic responses our bodies have to stress, panic attacks are certainly one of the most difficult to deal with. If you suffer from social anxiety, it is an additional challenge: you may not only worry about a situation itself, but also about your anxiety spiralling out of control in a very public [read more…]

Most of you will feel some shyness at some point in your life in situations that take you out of your comfort zones: job interviews, dating, going to a party where you don’t know anybody, making a difficult phone call… However, shyness tends to affect only one of area of a person’s existence, and isn’t to be [read more…]


What are phobias? Well, in a psychological context, they are a persistent fear of objects, animals or situations, which a person will go to great lengths to avoid. While some of us dislike spiders, some affected by arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – will be terrified by them to the point where they may [read more…]


It’s a bit on an old idea now, but saying someone has an “inferiority complex” is one of those psychological terms that has made it into everyday language, but what does it actually mean? Technically inferiority complex is defined as: “…a lack of self-worth, a doubt and uncertainty, and feelings of not measuring up to [read more…]

We have all experienced feeling out of our comfort zone in social situations at some point in our lives, and some might argue that challenging yourself, within reason, isn’t always a bad thing and might actually enrich your existence. However, when this discomfort turns to phobia and controls your routine to the point where you [read more…]


I loved Sesame Street when I was young. But I remember Snuffie (full name Aloysius Snuffleupagus) was pretty shy for a long time.  When I was a kid he used to hide away and everyone thought he was Big Birds “imaginary friend”. But recently I’ve been watching Sesame Street with my daughter, and Snuffie’s a [read more…]

I am interviewed every other week on Radio Live, with Wallace Chapman. Late last year I spoke with Wallace about the fear of public speaking, and how most people would rather be dead than give a speech! That’s what most surveys say, time and time again when asked about their fears, people rank public speaking [read more…]

How I Beat Stagefright and Anxiety Despite My Fears

This is a really great little video that I wanted to share with everyone.  It’s one man’s light hearted take on fear, and how he overcame his own stage fright and anxiety to perform his music in public. I hope you find it helpful.  Many of Joe’s ideas and approaches are reflected in both clinical [read more…]

Seattle Seahawks Used Mindfulness to Win Superbowl

A recent article on ESPN described how the Seattle Seahawks team sports psychologist, Mike Gervais, used mindfulness training and meditation as a core part of the team’s training regime. Here’s a snippet from the article;   Full the full story on how the Seattle Seahawks successfully incorporate mindfullness meditation into their training regime, click here “Quiet your [read more…]

the courage to do a speech when have social phobia

“There are two types of public speakers. Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” ― Mark Twain Would you rather be dead than give a speech? That’s what most surveys say anyway. When asked about their fears people rank public speaking as number one, and death usually comes in around four or five. Recently [read more…]

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