Phobias are an intense fear of very specific things like objects, places, situations or animals.
There are three main scenarios that may influence whether or not you develop a phobia.
School students took to the streets in Melbourne and other Australian cities back in March as part of a global rally on climate change. Now they’re doing it again.
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Young people have reason to protest today and call for action on climate change. But they risk anxiety if they feel they are not heard and nothing is done.
What kind of curious are you? Scientists explore different types of curiosity and their home in the brain.
Strengthening the language on climate change can help, but journalists should cover its inspiring solutions, too.
It’s very difficult to separate anxiety and fear from the experience of pain linked with actual physical damage.
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Life without pain might seem like a blessing. But pain plays an important role in protecting our bodies from further damage.
Cyclone Idai wreaks havoc in Mozambique.
Climate change is an emergency which will hurt the planet's most vulnerable people – the only irrational response is cool detachment.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., respond to remarks by President Donald Trump.
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Fear, a psychiatrist writes, has roots deep within the human psyche, and demagogues have long exploited the emotion. In today's world, it's important to know the dangers of that exploitation.
Robots can’t really eat hot dogs.
In ads, robots typically are scary, sad or stupid. Real-life robots and artificial intelligence systems are none of those.
Our brain processes the fear of regret in the same way as actual regret, making us reluctant to make changes in life.
White nationalists clash with protesters at the Aug. 12, 2017 Charlottesville, Va. rally that turned deadly violent.
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Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
When online information causes fear, it can spark hatred and violence.
Hysterical narratives promoting fear among some Americans may be more effective at sparking violence than hate speech is. Social media companies are expected to guard against both.
Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
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Mass shootings bring terror in ways that people watching from afar can only imagine. And yet, society at large is also affected, a trauma psychiatrist writes.
Evolution can explain why animals are scared – but what can we do to help?
Watching with a parent, checking the facts, and exposure therapy can all help a child process a scary movie.
There are various techniques that can soften the fear factor of a scary film: from talking about it to providing facts that contextualise the plotline.
The original Halloween movie has been remade for 2018.
We love to be scared by creepy movies. But fear has other uses too. It can be used negatively by politicians to control us, but can also be a tool to harness internal change.
Visiting an extreme haunted house can be delightfully terrifying.
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Visiting a haunted house or watching a horror movie can be terrifying and enjoyable at the same time. A sociologist explains the psychological benefits of being safely scared.
Trump meets with his ‘board.’
The allegations raised in a book on the Trump administration by Bob Woodward and an anonymous op-ed would be enough to get most CEOs fired.
President Donald Trump, August 30, 2018.
Revelations about the president's behavior in a new book and an unsigned op-ed, writes a Yale psychiatrist, support what she and mental health specialists have warned: Trump is dangerously unstable.
A woman wipes a tear as Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood community gathers for a candlelit vigil to honour the victims of a deadly shooting in Toronto on July 22 that killed an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl.
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After acts of violence, we want to make sense of what is right and wrong and where we stand in the world. But we must ensure our belief systems are periodically and systematically checked.
What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.