Overcoming fear mindfully – 5 lessons from Hogwarts

Overcoming fear is no magic. However, there is a deep truth in what you can read in the Harry Potter stories. Unless fear arises from an immediate, physical danger, our automatic reactions are no big help. Fight, flight or freeze impulses rather worsen the situation. Mindfulness on the other hand helps a lot. It can work like a fear-dispelling charm like “ridicculus” and it can create something like a “patronus”. This podcast shows how. If you want to practice, make use of mindfulness meditation which is available online, two are listed here:

Follow some mindfulness meditation to stabilize your mind and get closer to “creating a patronus”:

Cited literature

J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter. Especially volume 3 HP and the prisoner of askaban, chapters 7 and 8 and volume 5 HP and the Order of the Phoenix

Daniel Siegel; Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology. In chapters 20 and 21 you find information how secure attachment shapes the personality For instance it can improve fear modulation or emotional balance. Also read how mindfulness practice can create a very similar effect. https://www.drdansiegel.com/books/pocket_guide_to_interpersonal_neurobiology/

Jon Kabat-Zinn; Full Catastrophe Living; Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, especially chapter 25: “Working with Fear, Panic and Anxiety”. See also page 275/276, where he cites attachment research and effects from mindfulness practice. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/full-catastrophe-living-jon-kabat-zinn/1100619932

Bowlby J (1988). A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development. https://www.worldcat.org/title/secure-base-clinical-applications-of-attachment-theory/oclc/42913724

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7 Comments

    fleck 5600sxt 48000

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    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

    tommy hen

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    Lego Worlds

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    0mniartist

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      Theresia Tauber

      Wow, Omniartist, I saw your other comment first. Thanks for the praise. I guess I “say” too little on the internet. Might change that over the next months as I left the company I was working for and take a chance at working as a free lance coach. Also I did most of my stuff in German. Watch out for a few more podcasts which I will translate soon into English. It is a little series called “good question”. Like “Good question: Why is it that of most true answers the opposite is true as well?” or “Good question: How can I reduce mega stress to just a handful?” or “Good question: When will this waiting end?”
      PS: in which line of work would I find you? Really arts? Theresia

    0mniartist

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but
    I had to tell someone! asmr 0mniartist

      Theresia Tauber

      Dear Omniartist 🙂 That is quite a story. So – how are you planning to help your kid overcoming HER fear now?. Theresia

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