Fear and anxiety can keep us from pursuing dreams, exploring creative projects and in other ways realizing our talents.
Fear can take various forms such as:
social anxiety, phobias, performance anxiety or stage fright.
Robert Maurer, PhD has studied social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years. He notes that even thinking creatively can induce fear:
“Innovation triggers the alarm mechanism in the amygdala section of the brain that’s known as the fight-or-flight response,” he writes.
“More simply put, the thought of change ignites fear… It effectively shuts down all nonessential brain functions, including creative thinking.
“Essentially, kaizen [the Japanese principle of taking ‘small steps’] disarms the brain’s fear response…it ‘tiptoes’ around it, presenting ideas for change in a way that literally melts the brain’s resistance and makes it impossible for it not to do what you want it to do.”
From his article: ‘Thinking big’ could be making you FAIL!
Also see article: Living and Creating: Fear Is Not A Disease – What we call fear may really be excitement: emotional and physiological arousal. Creativity coach and author Eric Maisel, PhD notes it can sometimes be hard to distinguish nervous tension from anxiety or fear. One example may be Jennifer Lawrence, who won awards for the movie “American Hustle.”
Here are several products and programs that can help with anxiety:
Natural Help For Anxiety Disorders – free ebook
Pure Calm – Homeopathic remedy for relief from anxiety, stress, irritability and nervous tension.