In Season 3 of Castle Speaks, the Teen Program will be focusing on the topic fear. We decide to chose this topic because we have fear in our everyday lives from political problems to getting good grades in school and not disappointing the people around us. We also discuss why we tend to run away and make our decisions based on fear without thinking about other possibilities. An example is when a teen intern said, "I once saw a dog when I was young and because I'm scared of dogs, I ran away without thinking.
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, or by something unknown or unusual to us. Fear is a chain reaction in the brain with a stressful stimulus and then releases chemicals that cause a fight-or-flight response: racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, etc. The fear response is almost entirely an autonomic response. We don't consciously trigger it or even know what's going on until it actually happens.
Fear is hardwired in your brain for a good reason. Neuroscientists have spotted distinct networks that run from the depths of the limbic system all the way to the prefrontal cortex and back. When these networks are electrically or chemically stimulated, they produce fear, even in the absence of a fearful stimulus. Feeling fear is neither abnormal nor a sign of weakness. The capacity to be afraid is part of normal brain function. In fact, a lack of fear may be a sign of serious brain damage.
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