Lack of predictabilityFeeling that you don’t have enough information to make accurate predictions can cause your anxiety to rise. One way to counteract the lack of predictability is to get more information. For example, if you’re experiencing fear of the unknown related to a new school or neighborhood, you mightContinue Reading The psychological reason why some people are so hard on themselves isn’t necessarily a matter of low self-esteem. It’s more likely a product of the need for affect, which is the intensity at which people want to feel anything. Positive disintegration is often correlated with a higher degree ofContinue Reading But why are clowns, which have been around for thousands of years, considered by some to be scary? The first clowns were recorded in 2400 BC in ancient Egypt and the most famous was Englishman Joseph Grimaldi, who was hailed as the King of Clowns in the early 1800s.Continue Reading The mechanism of fear The frontal lobes (part of the neocortex) are responsible with conscious and rational decision making processes. The amygdala is twice as fast in response than the frontal lobes and this sometimes can be misleading. The purpose of the amygdala is to protect, no matter what.Continue Reading