Primitive Fear To Modern Anxiety: Understanding The Four Modern Fear Responses EP#372

Dec 13, 2020

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You get into a confrontation or altercation with an overbearing family member, colleague, or whoever. You are totally caught off guard and after the incident your mind is spinning with all the things you should have said. Your mind doesn’t stop. You continue to ruminate and replay the incident, feeding into a frustrating anxiety spin out.

Or how about this: You have an opportunity to start your own business, get back into the dating scene, or finish an important project but you can’t seem to get past your procrastination. You know what you need to do, you even know how to do it, but you seem to just stay paralyzed.

What do these situations have in common? Both are fueled by a primitive fear response that is showing up as anxiety and procrastination. As we have evolved as humans our various fear responses (fight, flight, freeze, fawn), have morphed into modern day iterations. Namely: anxiety, depression, procrastination, and people-pleasing. If you find yourself struggling with any of these behaviors/conditions, it’s likely a root fear is the culprit.

In this episode, I look at our four primitive fear responses and their modern iterations, how to spot the way they show up in your life, and what you can do about them. Time to meet that fear with courage and power. You’re welcome.

This pod explores:

  • The two primary fears we are all born with (hint: it’s not the fear of what others think)
  • Understanding the connection between our responses to extreme threat and how that changes for everyday occurrences (like when your in-laws don’t like you or you’re afraid you can’t pay rent)
  • How your subconscious fear response is influencing your anxiety, overwhelm, and spinning thoughts
  • My favorite two tools to work with the modern fear responses of anxiety, depression, procrastination, and people-pleasing




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I'm a sassy-ass life coach and hypnotherapist who specializes in all things self-worth and confidence. I help aspiring badasses (hint: that's YOU!) speak up for themselves without being assholes. As in... telling your mom to stop butting into your relationship. You feel me, no?

It's time to let go of all that people-pleasing and cultivate some serious "enoughness". You're home, love. You're home.


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