Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Your mind is not built to make you happy; it’s built to help you survive. But in the process, it may have developed some bad habits—like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist. Is it any wonder that worry, anxiety, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life? Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith. He discusses his audiobook The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It, and offers helpful tips to eliminate worry and anxiety.

Overcome the Fear of Flying

Overcome the Fear of Flying

One out of every six people fears flying. It’s a solvable problem, and yet many people who’ve tried to face their fear of flying find that the harder they try to control it, the worse it gets. Anxiety expert and clinical psychologist Dr. David Carbonell has helped thousands of people overcome fears of all kinds. Today he’s sharing some helpful information from his audiobook, “The Fear of Flying Workbook” for anyone who wants to overcome the fear of flying.

Emotions and Anxiety: The Science of Emotion Regulation

Emotions and Anxiety: The Science of Emotion Regulation

Dr. David Klemanski, psychologist and author of the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” talks about the science of emotion regulation and the latest and most effective techniques available to reduce and eliminate anxiety. If you’re ready to take steps to skillfully manage anxiety, then you’ll appreciate this informative interview with an expert in overcoming anxiety.

Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

In moderate amounts, anxiety and depression can improve our focus and performance. That doesn’t mean that depression and anxiety are always useful. In large doses, they are debilitating. However, one of the most important truths about our minds is this: we don’t always have to obey them.

In this episode, we hear from psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith, author of the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It.” Dr. Smith talks about the biology behind anxiety and depression. He calls them “ancient tools”—tools that aren’t well-suited for modern times. While anxiety and depression can often be debilitating, in small doses, these seemingly negative feelings can actually help you excel.

A Guided Meditation for Stressful Moments

A Guided Meditation for Stressful Moments

Today we’re sharing a soothing guided meditation that will help you find your center in stressful moments. This guided meditation for stress can also help any time you just want to feel more grounded. This meditation is from psychologist Ted Zeff’s audiobook “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World.” In this episode, Dr. Zeff shares a meditation that will help you come back to center. You’ll be guided through a soothing, grounding meditation, which will leave you calm, centered, and happy.

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