Productive reaction to fear and anxiety

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The Psychology of Fear in Organizations: How to Transform Anxiety into Well-being, Productivity and Innovation by Sheila Keegan

Fear has become institutionalized in many organizations. Board directors are under pressure from shareholders. Senior executives are attempting to maintain sales in a nervous market, and many people are concerned about job security and maintaining their living standards.

In this book, Keegan uses a psychological approach to explain how fear manifests itself within organizations. She looks at how fear impacts the workforce and how, by reducing willingness to take risks, it can inhibit economic growth and innovation, at both an individual and corporate level.

She offers a practical way to harness fear and anxiety into innovation by explaining how to: understand the effects of fear within organizational contexts and how these can be reduced, incorporate small changes in behavior that will increase well-being and improve productivity by better supporting and understanding the needs of staff. 
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I lie awake, tight-chested, at 3 a. It sounds stupidly simple, but it's proven effective in a variety of studies and settings. But that might be precisely the wrong advice, she said. In both, the heart beats faster, cortisol surges, and the body prepares for action. For most people, it takes less effort for the brain to jump from charged-up, negative feelings to charged-up, positive ones, Brooks said, than it would to get from charged-up and negative to positive and chill.

People, even executives, fear making choices, especially big strategic ones, because it makes them accountable for the consequences. Choices are always a risk, so they get passed along or don't get made. That's not something anyone can entirely get rid of, but there are ways to overcome it, get back to work, and even make anxiety work for you. Most successful people don't lack fear. They just manage to find a way to act and persevere in spite of it.

With the fervor of the midterm elections , the time change , the barrage of tragic news stories in addition to just, you know, normal life stuff, many of us are feeling more anxious than usual. Kate Cummins , a licensed clinical psychologist. Anxiety is fear and those anxious thoughts are trying to protect us from something horrible. So instead of being hard on ourselves about these thoughts, thank them for what they are trying to do and make a decision on how to proceed in a much clearer state of mind. At best, your anxiety is minimized, at worst, you've taken some time to gently observe how busy your mind is. Natalie Finegood Goldberg , a licensed marriage and family therapist recommends practicing physical grounding. In doing so, you create a shift in the nervous system that allows your body to slow down so you can return to a healthy equilibrium that allows for rational thought.

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Just sounding out the word simulates that closing of the throat, that belly-churn of uncertainty that comes with fretting about the future. - It starts off slow.

Language: English Spanish French. Anxiety is a psychological, physiological, and behavioral state induced in animals and humans by a threat to well-being or survival, either actual or potential. It is characterized by increased arousal, expectancy, autonomic and neuroendocrine activation, and specific behavior patterns. The function of these changes is to facilitate coping with an adverse or unexpected situation. Pathological anxiety interferes with the ability to cope successfully with life challenges. These models have been instrumental in establishing the biological correlates of fear and anxiety, although the recent development of noninvasive investigation methods in humans, such as the various neuroimaging techniques, certainly opens new avenues of research in this field. Our current knowledge of the biological bases of fear and anxiety is already impressive, and further progress toward models or theories integrating contributions from the medical, biological, and psychological sciences can be expected.

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