Working Through Fear

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UNDERSTAND YOUR BRAIN ON FEAR: When we are overwhelmed with thoughts about the failing economy, our brain's fear center, the amygdala, effectively hijacks the executive functioning center (the prefrontal cortex), making it difficult to think through new ideas, which is exactly what one must do to adapt and survive in a recession. "lt's as though fear is the bottom floor of the brain, and when that floor lights up, the rest of the house goes dark," says Judith E. Glaser, CEO of Benchmark Communications, lnc. and author of Creating We and The DNA of Leadership.