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Feeling Protected Makes Us Happy

All human beings need protection. Sometimes we’re fragile and feel a deep need to be protected. This is a fundamental need that exists from the time we’re born until the day we die. Feeling protected helps us create healthy attachments with those around…

What is Panophobia?

Some people say that there is no medicine for fear. If that were true, then the people who suffer from panophobia would have no hope. We’ve all experienced the feeling of fear that debilitates panophobics to some degree: the fear of…

Apeirophobia: The Fear of Infinity

Apeirophobia, or the fear of infinity, is a very peculiar phobia that very few people know about. However, before explaining what it is, we’ll briefly discuss what a phobia is. A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of certain…

How to Overcome the Fear of Being Criticized

Have you ever felt judged? How did that make you feel? You may have developed a fear of being criticized after a difficult situation. No one likes being judged, especially when people judge us regarding something that’s tough for us…

Are You Afraid of Being Happy?

It’s normal for people to have phobias. Most of us know someone who’s afraid of spiders or heights, for example. However, it’s not normal to be afraid of being happy. Being “repulsed” by happiness can be a serious problem for…

Keys to Speaking with Confidence

When it comes to interacting with other people, and especially when we’re speaking in public, speaking with confidence will make others trust us and perceive us as smart people. Therefore, this may be one of the most important keys to…

3 Zen Teachings on Fear

Zen teachings on fear are also lessons about the ego. Teachers of this particular philosophical discipline say that if the ego were an engine, fear would be its fuel. They believe that there are really only three kinds of fear and that they’re…

7 Attitudes that Disguise Fear

Fear is one of the most disguised emotions. It can be difficult to attribute an exact cause for this behavior. An example would be “the fear of being afraid”. We frequently avoid admitting that we’re afraid since we believe our…

5 Keys to Overcoming Resistance to Change

Whether we like it or not, life is dynamic. Nothing remains static. Therefore, what today is, may not be tomorrow. Still, overcoming resistance to change can be a daunting task for many people. In fact, some try really hard to…

Hidden Causes of Laziness You Should Know

Is laziness a personality trait, or are there other reasons behind it? Many people don’t know that depression, fear, or stress are some of the hidden causes of laziness. It can even be a symptom of the pressure created by our…

Susto: When the Spirit Leaves the Body

If we ask someone what susto is, they’ll most likely say that it’s a startled response, similar to shock.  Thus, when something scares us, it can shock us, causing us to jump out of fear. We’re talking about a sensation born…

Trypophobia: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Trypophobia is an extreme fear or feeling of repulsion toward any pattern of geometric figures that are very close to each other. These figures can be small holes, rectangles, or convex circles. In fact, the word trypophobia literally means “fear…

Why We Can’t Stand Loneliness Sometimes

How we deal with loneliness says a lot about us. Being aware of our moods, thoughts, desires or needs – and stopping to reflect on them – allows us to find psychological stability even in times of conflict. This introspection…

Emotional Anguish: The Paralyzing Overwhelming Fear

Emotional anguish is like a whirlpool that traps everything. It imprisons us from within and fills us with fear, anxiety, restlessness, and even overwhelming sadness. It’s a kaleidoscope of negative, crippling emotions. Byung-Chui Han, a well-known South Korean philosopher and…