It’s amazing how long our minds hang on to the negative stuff that has happened in our lives.
We know that when something negative happens and it’s distressing to us, our mind tends to create an unconscious plan to avoid it (the distressing emotion) from ever happening again.
Psychology calls it a defence mechanism. If, for example, you freaked out in your first school presentation, you may say to yourself, “I’m not good at that” and avoid future speaking opportunities for fear of experiencing unpleasant emotions.
The problem is that it does not improve your skills, which only perpetuates the problem and deepens your negative belief.
Revive Health and Happiness Clinical Psychologist Lisa Irving joined Glenn from Tasmania’s LAFM on The Drive Home to discuss fear and how to conquer fear – listen to the interview using the LAFM audio bar below.