Befriending Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

Prof Ronald Siegel

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 13, Befriending Fear, Worry, and Anxiety, Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, May 14, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

In this lecture you are going to learn about a close relative of depression that affects almost everybody to some degree: anxiety. People with anxiety disorders are often more accurate at appraising risk than people without anxiety problems. People with anxiety disorders actually notice that life is fragile and that it is pretty dangerous to be alive; that at any moment bad things can happen very easily to good people. This lecture will teach you how anxiety arises and how to deal with it. Topic headings this week: Anxiety; Avoiding the Risk of Fear and Pain; How Do Anxiety Disorders Develop; Relief from Narcissistic Threats.

Questions to consider:

1. What is the principle distinction between feeling anxiety and having an anxiety disorder?

2. What is the principle goal of a mindfulness-oriented approach to working with anxiety?

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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