Seminar Presenter Explores Fear

Lynn Gordon -- Pat Blair Photo

Fear can lead to anger because both involve release of some of the same chemicals in the brain.

Lynn Gordon from the Family and Personal Counseling Center said anger is a secondary response to emotions and events such as fear, hurt and loss. She discussed the causes of fear, and how it can be overcome, during her weekly Brown Bag Seminar Wednesday at Sheridan College's facilities on Main Street in downtown Sheridan.

Twenty people attended this week's seminar. Gordon said methods for countering fear include a yoga technique of pressing the tongue to the roof of the mouth. Other methods, she said, include “counting fence posts,” which is a rhythmic counting or silently clicking the tongue inside the mouth. People can also think of something pleasant. She also said don't use scare words.

She said fear is stories we tell ourselves about dangers we perceive, and added that we can terrorize ourselves. Fear involves a buildup of chemicals in the brain and produces the fight or flight reaction. And she said that from 25 to 45 percent of fear is the result of genetics. She told those in the audience: “Some of the stuff you fear … you inherited.”

The weekly seminars are free and open to the public, and attendees are invited to bring lunch. There will be no seminar next week, but the sessions will resume on Feb. 12, with next month's seminars focused on exploring relationships.