We deal with danger all the time in our lives, both real and perceived, though it shows up differently for all of us. The same environment can be safe for one person but present a threat to another. Just imagine a swimming pool for a swimmer and a non-swimmer; or two friends – one white, one Black – being pulled over by a police officer. Sometimes simply hearing about a threat – such as when we read about climate change in the news – can trigger debilitating fear.
In addition, the impact of real and perceived threats is often the same – meaning that we can experience the same heightened sense of fear whether there is a car barreling down the street toward us or we are watching a frightening movie.
The following techniques can help with many of the threats we deal with in our daily lives. (Obviously, life-threatening danger requires other immediate responses.)