Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 98: Emotional Fragility, Curing Anxiety, Cultivating Confidence, & Raising Resilient Kids

emotional fragility

This week, Tracey and I are talking all about emotional fragility, normalizing uncomfortable feelings, tools for navigating difficult emotions, and asking the question:  Can you cure anxiety?

Specific topics discussed include:

  • Why do we treat humans like we’re emotionally fragile?
  • Even babies are not emotionally fragile
  • Why we’re like cockroaches
  • Why anxious is just a feeling state and how it’s beneficial
  • Anxiety is not an illness
  • Relationship between emotional fragility and anxiety
  • Why just wanting the feelings to go away is not actually helpful
  • Helping kids navigate anxiety, around bedtime, etc.
  • Internal vs. external resources
  • Giving kids tools AND validating their feelings
  • All feelings are okay, not all behaviors are helpful
  • How Cayly’s parents responded when she started self-harming
  • Tracey’s experience of being anxious during childhood
  • Limits and empathy are both necessary
  • Sleep training for infants and children
  • The importance of sleep for emotional regulation and confidence building
  • Wants vs. needs
  • Assuming positive intent and not taking things personally
  • Emotional fragility and ego
  • Safe spaces and trigger warnings
  • Are we, as a society, cultivating emotional fragility?
  • Bullying and social power in childhood
  • Benefits of intentionally seeking discomfort
  • Safety vs. comfort
  • Being a highly sensitive person and the importance of boundaries/emotional armor
  • Why we shouldn’t label our children
  • And more!

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, MD

Why We Sleep:  Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

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Remember, the podcast only has two more episodes left! So if you have any topics or questions you’d like us to address before we sign off for good, DM me on Instagram @caylyc.acu or email us at our joint email account: We’d love to hear from you!

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