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A Simple Way to Address the “Panic Trick”
There’s a “Panic Trick” that’s central to all phobias: You experience discomfort and treat it like danger. Anxiety expert and clinical psychologist Dr. David Carbonell has helped thousands of people overcome fears of all kinds. Today he’s sharing a simple, counter-intuitive approach to reducing fear, anxiety and panic.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook Fear of Flying Workbook. This audiobook teaches how to work constructively with your brain. It leads listeners step-by-step with proven techniques that finally make it possible to overcome their fear of flying. Dr. Carbonell is also the author of the audiobook The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It.
What’s in this episode?
In this episode, Dr. Carbonell talks about what he calls “The Panic Trick.” The Panic Trick occurs when you experience discomfort and treat it like danger. He offers a key question to ask yourself when feelings of anxiety and panic arise. This simple question can help you to not be fooled by the panic trick!
David A. Carbonell, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. He is the founder and director of the Anxiety Treatment Center, Ltd., a small group of psychologists which offers treatment of all manner of fears and phobias at several locations in and around Chicago.
Dr. Carbonell is also the author of The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It. He is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Anxiety Disorders Association of America; the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science; the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy; the Illinois Psychological Association; and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.
Other Podcast Episodes with Dr. Carbonell
Doubt or Danger? How Worrying Backfires on You
Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You
How to Beat Your Worries at Their Own Game
Overcome the Fear of Flying
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The Panic Trick fools people into opposing their fear with methods that they hope will help, but that actually make their fear stronger and more durable. I’m going to help you discover how this works, how it may have prevented you from solving the problem of fear, and above all, how you can solve it and travel as you see fit!