Fear is a protective emotion that is triggered by a threat—a perception that someone or something is dangerous and likely to cause pain. Fear may be actual or imagined, based on what a specific brain has learned through rhetoric and personal experience. It may occur in response to a specific stimulus in the present moment, rehearsal of an event from the past, or in anticipation or expectation of something undesirable in the future.

This seminar is designed to share brain-function information on the physiology of fear. The emotion of fear creates changes in the brain and body, which typically result in changes in behavior. Behaviors may fit into one or more of the stress reaction forms: Fight-Flight, Tend-Befriend, or Conserve-Withdraw. Fear in human beings is subjective. Therefore, the same event may or may not cause the emotion of fear to arise in one’s brain. The "stage" metaphor is explained along with the antidote to fear and strategies for implementing the antidote.


This seminar can be presented in one 50-minute session.


Individuals who want to learn more about the emotion of fear and how to utilize its antidote successfully.


Upon completion of the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Define the emotion of "fear" and its location on the Emotions Staircase
  • Briefly explain the difference between actual and imagined fear
  • Describe the "stage" metaphor
  • Name the "antidote" for fear
  • Create two personal strategies for accessing the antidote

Presented by Arlene R. Taylor PhD, Brain Function Specialist, Realizations Inc
CA CE BRN Provider #08580