28 - Fearology Pt. 1 with Mary Poffenroth


Every day, your brain tries to save your life by being terrified. Thanks, brain! Also, calm the f*ck down, brain. Alie hunted down Mary Poffenroth, an expert in the biological and sociological causes/effects of fear and it is riveting. This real life FEAROLOGIST (which is a real word) talks about how fear is literally killing you, the difference between stress and fear, how to get along with your co-workers, friends, or partner better, and how to talk to your brain when it has needlessly pulled the fire alarm. Part 1 of a 2-part series that will honestly change your life.

Listen via Art19, iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.


For more info on Mary Poffenroth, see: MaryPoffenroth.com, her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Some links which you may find useful:

What do Americans fear most … in 2014?

…and in 2018

Meet your amygdala, the spazz that keeps you alive

Movies that make people faint

Adrenaline duration

One more on adrenaline duration for funsies

How does the brain process danger?

Advertisers love fear tho

There are only FOUR emotions?!

Mary’s tip: RIA (recognize, identify, address)

Is trauma inherited? THANKS GRANDPA.


Alie Ward