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How to Move Through Your Fear by Retraining Your Brain

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When you’re in fight-or-flight mode, everything you do or don’t do teaches the brain something about the perceived threat. When you avoid or flee the situation, your brain experiences a wave of relief.

The amygdala learns that avoiding that situation is how you stay safe from that threat. This is exactly how you want the brain to respond if the threat is a grizzly bear.

But what if the perceived threat is something less biologically adaptive, like a worry about being judged or teased? Let’s say you’re invited to a party full of new people, and you have thoughts of looking dumb, making a mistake, or being judged.

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