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The Brain on Fear - Tackle Your Fears

 

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The Brain

The primary function of the brain is to ensure survival of the host...you.

Cognition

From infancy, parents, community, tradition, religion, science, ists and isms and politicians, our brains acquire cognition:

knowledge and understanding through learning, experience

input from the senses: Sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.

Fear/ Phobia

controlled through the process of cognition.

Fido, Memory Fetcher

The brain's attentive guard puppy is determined, to the best of its ability, to get you through whatever situation arises.

Fido is always on alert, ready to instantly fetch memories, gather thoughts, revisit experiences...

when a fear is strong...it's kitchen sink time.

Pay Attention, Listen to your thoughts:

Imagine:

  • You are eating a dry peanut butter cracker
  • Did Fido retrieve thoughts of refreshing liquid beverages?
  • awakened by a bump in the night
  • Did Fido remind you to fold laundry...not!
  • The word:Glossophobia
  • Is your guard PUPPY perplexed by this funny, weird word?
  • You are selected to speak...in public
  • Did your Fido just dig up a huge pile of dirty old bones?

Let's Roll those Dirty Old Bones...

 

Examine FEAR Words

Examine FEAR Feelings

“Oh Noooooooo!”

I'm not smart enough

I'm not educated enough

I'm not qualified

I have no degree - authority

I'm not allowed - Insensitive

I'm not capable - above pay scale

Don't rock the cradle

Where is my lucky coin, shoes, socks

I will lose friends, unworthy

I will lose approval, social ostracization

I will create animosity, betray trust

I have unpopular opinions, shame

I will face ridicule, insecurity

I will endure humiliation

My worst nightmare will come true!

I will reveal weakness -judged weak

nom, nom, nom...where's my blankie

Baby Steps to Mental Freedom

Fear can be rational or appropriate

Fear can be irrational or inappropriate – a phobia ( FO-bee-uh)

Fear ensures survival and status quo

Glossophobia (Gloss-o-FO-bee-uh)

Glossophobia, a fear of public speaking is a common type of social phobia, (social anxiety disorder). Glossophobics feel excessive self-consciousness, fear humiliation in social situations where they may be embarrassed or judged in front of others.

How we react to fear usually sets hold early in infancy and childhood.

Youngsters have limited knowledge and immature coping skills. Severity of trauma can magnify where the proverbial monster in the closet is born.

 

What childhood Phobia(s) have you permanently, successfully expunged?

How do you handle or conquer irrational fear?

 

Coping tips and skills to develop

  • Humor:
  • Introspection:
  • Education:
  • Took the Plunge:
  • Professional help
  • Do it Yourself psychology (self-help books/tapes/videos)
  • Visualization: (through Adult Eyes)
  • Confrontation / Acceptance:

Remember, there are no strangers in Toastmasters, only friends you haven't met.

 

References

Questions to Spark Conversations with Your Brain

Face your fears

  • If Public Speaking was a wild animal?
  • Which animal.  How would you tame it?
  • Reward Yourself

  • If Public Speaking was bitter chocolate
  • How much sugar would you need to make it tasty?
  • Examine the evidence

  • If Public Speaking was laid out on a slab.
  • How would you conduct the autopsy?
  • Imagine the worst

  • Public Speaking has dragged you to the top of the Empire State Building, like King Kong,
  • What steps would you take to save yourself?
  • Make a Trade-In

    If you could cure Glossophobia by trading it in for a more reasonable, unreasonable fear, which phobia would you choose?

  • Tonitrophobia, Fear of thunder
  • Venustraphobia,  Fear of beautiful women
  • Selenophobia,  Fear of the moon
  • Autophobia, Fear of being alone
  • Podophobia Fear of feet

 

Courage VS Security
You find a boulder impailed with a magic sword.
Public Speaking is required to loosen the sword.  
How do you convince the stone that you are the right Public Speaker?

Transform Fear Into Excitement
Public Speaking is an amusement park ride.
Describe your ride: examples
Ferris Wheel, Bumper car, carousel, Scramblr,  River Rapids, Log Ride, Triple-Threat-Xtreme-Screamer roller coaster...

Helpful sites about phobias and irrational-fears and how to control feelings of fear.

 

 

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/phobias-and-irrational-fears.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear

https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-conquer-fear-4-mental-tricks.html

http://www.success.com/article/5-tips-to-overcome-your-probably-irrational-fears

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/overcoming-fears.aspx

http://waleoladipo.com/4-steps-to-overcoming-irrational-fear/

https://www.verywell.com/list-of-phobias-2795453

falling dog in raindropRaining Cats & Dogs

The phrase raining cats and dogs, or dogs and polecats (weasels), originated hundreds of years ago as an exaggerated means to describe the occurrence of very heavy rainstorms.

The first known uses of the phrase occurred in a 1651 collection of poems, Olor Iscanus "The Swan of Usk" by British poet Henry Vaughan, and Richard Brome, an English playwright.

When the local library representative told me the next upcoming art project theme is to be Raining Cats and Dogs, the idea of little raindrops carrying cats and dogs popped into mind as a cute idea for a hanging mobile.

Initially I wanted to create 3-D paper mache' droplets to paint and hang on the mobile frame, but as these illustrations progressed, I realized they would look equally cute simply printed out on glossy photo paper which I could cut out and hang on the mobile frame. So much less fuss and muss.

Then I realized all these funny falling cats and dogs in bubbles and water drops could benefit Scissorcraft members who might also wish to welcome the upcoming rainy season with hanging decorations, mobiles, window decals or sun catchers.

 

Condensed, printable collage of raining cats & dogs for making a hanging mobile or window decorations.  Easy to make.

falling dogs and cats in raindropRaining Cats & Dogs

These droplets are condensed to fit as many droplets to a page as possible to eliminate waste.

Make hanging mobiles or window decorations.  

Easy Hanging Mobile

Print all eight pages of dog and cat raindrops on glossy photo paper.  

Cut out all the droplets and match front to back.

 

Instructions:

  • Print uncolored raindrops on plain white paper.   
  • Decorate each drop with crayons or markers

OR

Print pre-colored drops on glossy or matte photo paper.

  • Cut out each drop with scissors.
  • Match each image with its opposite.
  • Paste or glue rain drops front to back with their matching counterparts

Materials needed:

(Not all materials are necessary depending upon mobile style.)

  • Photo Paper Matte or Glossy Photo paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Cement or paste
  • Laminating paper (optional)
  • String, thin yarn, fishing line
  • Clothes hanger or wooden dowel about 1 1/2 foot long

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Ways to Assemble

Line up the cut-out droplets on a table or flat surface to arrange or map out various positions and placement of designs.  Use your imagination.  I measured 5 lengths of fishing line each about 3 feet long for the finished model example shown on this page. I did not choose to punch holes to string this sample.  Instead, I coated each matching drop with rubber cement then centered the filiment line between each droplet before attaching the drops together front to back.

 

Decide which droplet goes where first.  This way you can pre-punch the holes through which to string the droplets.  Attach droplets individually on their own string to hang from a curtain rod or garland.  Weave several droplets onto one string.

 

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Make a simple mobile by affixing multiple droplets to strings and tie each string onto a clothes hanger.

Make an "X" with wooden dowels or heavy cardboard from which to string the droplets.

Hang individual droplets from ceiling lights, tiles or pull chains of ceiling fans.

Don't string at all...just tape to windows to create a cat and dog rainstorm.

   

The phrase raining cats and dogs, or dogs and polecats (weasels), originated hundreds of years ago as an exaggerated means to describe the occurrence of very heavy rainstorms.

The first known uses of the phrase occurred in a 1651 collection of poems, Olor Iscanus "The Swan of Usk" by British poet Henry Vaughan, and Richard Brome, an English playwright.

When the local library representative told me the next upcoming art project theme is to be Raining Cats and Dogs, the idea of little raindrops carrying cats and dogs popped into mind as a cute idea for a hanging mobile.

Initially I wanted to create 3-D paper mache' droplets to paint and hang on the mobile frame, but as these illustrations progressed, I realized they would look equally cute simply printed out on glossy photo paper which I could cut out and hang on the mobile frame. So much less fuss and muss.

Then I realized all these funny falling cats and dogs in bubbles and water drops could benefit Scissorcraft members who might also wish to welcome the upcoming rainy season with hanging decorations, mobiles, window decals or sun catchers.

 

 

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