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With Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a professor of psychology and neuroscience and Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at the City University of New York. In this masterclass Tracy explains how anxiety is a feature of being human.

This masterclass looks at how – and why – we should adopt a new mindset about anxiety – a fresh set of beliefs and insights that allow us to use anxiety as information so we can leverage it rather than be overwhelmed by it.

In the next half hour, you will learn that we have come to believe two key fallacies about anxiety – and this makes us cope with anxiety in ways that make it worse because they make us anxious about anxiety. So, what do we do? We avoid and suppress it at all costs – which always makes our anxiety worse and blocks our ability to find helpful ways of coping. This also prevents us from being curious about anxiety and using it for its true purpose – to be a powerful advantage, evolutionarily designed to protect us and energize us to be more creative, socially connected, and persistent. 

You’ll also learn how to deal with anxious teenagers, as well as your own whirring brain. How to reframe the discomfort of the human condition into something that works for you, rather than against you, and how to listen to what it’s trying to tell you and act on it.

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