You master the fear. Then you move to the next step.
How do you get better from having too many fears that might be inhibiting your life? One is you have to face your fears. I'll give you a couple of anecdotes. One is personal in terms of my own family. I have five children and when we were raising our children every year we would go to a national park in the United States. We would go camping and hiking and climbing and so forth and at some point some of my kids weren't so excited about that and in fact, they were becoming fearful.
Resilience can help your life in a general way to be more productive.
We, Steve Southwick and I, think that becoming a more resilient person enhances many different aspects of your life. The obvious one is that if you're unfortunately faced with a serious trauma you either avoid depression, anxiety, fear, substance abuse altogether or if you develop some of those problems you bounce back and you can better recover.
One factor that is involved in resilience is having a moral compass, a set of beliefs that few things can shatter.
One factor that is involved in resilience is having a moral compass, a set of beliefs that few things can shatter. For example, if you've been physically or sexually abused it's not about you, and that abuse should not take away who you are inside. Those moral beliefs are all about you and nobody can take that away. That's an important component of resilience.
Dennis S. Charney, MD, is the Dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a world expert in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of neural circuits and neurochemistry related to human anxiety, fear, mood and discovery of new treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. He later expanded this area into pioneering research related to the psychobiological mechanisms of human resilience to stress. He's a professor of neuroscience at Mt. Sinai.
A prolific author, Dr. Charney has written more than 700 publications, including groundbreaking scientific papers, chapters, and books. He has authored a many books, including Neurobiology of Mental Illness (Oxford University Press, USA, Third Edition, 2009); The Peace of Mind Prescription: An Authoritative Guide to Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004); The Physicians Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorders (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006), and Resilience and Mental Health: Challenges Across the Lifespan (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Dr. Charney’s most recent book is Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges (Cambridge University Press).