The answer usually seems obvious. Your heart is racing because you’re headed to a job interview. Or you just learned your first child is on the way. You’re about to climb into an airplane that’s so small you have to tilt your head to get into your seat. Or you just received test results, and the doctor says the prognosis isn’t good.
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Conquer Fear of Flying
People tell me that I come across as a confident person. It's true that I have no trouble speaking up at meetings, mingling at parties, even asking for a raise. But those close to me know that the mere idea of navigating a car through Manhattan (or any large city) makes my heart race and my palms sweat. And that I don't go into the ocean past my ankles because, well, sharks are there, waiting. To eat me.
Some people are less prone to panic than I am — because of their genes or experience or, more likely, a combination of the two — but everyone experiences fear. This universal emotion registers in a part of the brain called the amygdala, which detects danger and dispatches a “code red” message …