Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 87: Anxiety, Your Amygdala, & Being a Highly Sensitive Person


Anxiety:  friend or foe? This is the topic for this week’s episode of the podcast. Tracey and I talk about our own experiences with anxiety, how we’ve learned to cope with these feelings, and what our anxiety has taught us. We also talk about not using anxiety as a crutch or an excuse and offer tips on how to engage with your anxiety in more productive ways.

Other topics discussed include:

  • Why the goal is not to eradicate anxiety
  • My experience of panic attacks during grad school
  • Anxiety and digestive problems
  • Feeling safe in our relationships as it relates to anxiety
  • The role of the amygdala in anxiety
  • Autonomic nervous system — parasympathetic and sympathetic
  • Anxiety is normal and adaptive
  • Why body-based therapies are essential for addressing anxiety
  • Practicing boundaries when you are a highly sensitive person
  • The gifts of anxiety
  • The sweet spot of parenting according to Tracey
  • Why everyone should not get a trophy and why we need to practice losing
  • On not using anxiety as an excuse or a crutch
  • Why we need both internal and external resources to address anxiety
  • Tips for getting into a more parasympathetic state
  • And more!

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Episode about my panic attack

Study about amygdala and anxiety

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

Gavin de Becker and the gift of fear

Running on Empty by Jonice Webb

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation on Buzzfeed

The Fear Book by Cheri Huber

Free Solo movie

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