Feeling the Fear of Public Speaking

Christina Robert | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Robert

I don't know how many of you have dabbled in self-help, but there is a niggling inconsistency to the general message of 'heal thyself' that has always thrown me. Is the pathway to fulfilment reached by following my bliss - or - by feeling the fear and doing it anyway?

Why Do Some People Get Freaked out By Belly Buttons?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We've all heard of fear of heights or fear of spiders, but what about... fear of your belly button? Omphalaphobia as it is known, may not be wides...

Is Fear Real? Will the Worst Happen?

Maggie Currie | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

That feeling of fear. What is it? Describe it? When I ask this of myself and others, the replies are the thoughts people have about fear and not a description of the "feeling" of fear. That is not unexpected, after all it is the left brain's, rational/analytical job to put into words feelings that arise from somewhere in our bodies, the subconscious.

(Don't Watch) The Most Terrifying Scene in Cinema History

Pat Higgins | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

You probably haven't seen it, even if you consider yourself quite a horror fan. It's from a film that remains difficult to track down, and was never very widely shown in the first place. In my opinion it's one of the truly great moments in horror cinema, and I don't want you to go and check it out under any circumstances.

How to Break Your Anxiety Habit?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

We have two nervous systems. One is the sympathetic nervous system or the "on" switch for anxiety and the other is the parasympathetic nervous system or the "off" switch. We need to learn where those switches are and what turns them on and then what turns them off and let me tell you it's not simple either, but also not impossible.

Islamophobia Is Real

Farida Ahmed | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Farida Ahmed

What is Islamophobia? It is an irrational fear and hatred of Muslims categorized as an identifiable group. Islamophobia is becoming an 'elephant in the room' - it is an actual phenomenon that has gained significant momentum in Europe over the last decade.

The Spotlight Hits You

Catriona Weir | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Catriona Weir

I am so scared. I am terrified that I will fail. Those are the two sentences I am afraid to say out loud. I am terrified to admit that I don't think I'm good enough. It is a daunting thought... can I actually do this? I'm I strong enough, am I smart enough; do I have enough guts and get go to go and get my dreams?

Embracing Fear

Amy Anka | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I don't like confronting situations. In fact, I avoid them at all costs. But am I refusing to look fear in the face? Yesterday I knew I was going to run into someone I didn't particularly want to see. Yet, I mustered up my courage, was an adult about it, and went ahead and steeled myself to do it anyway.

Separating Anxiety From the Present Moment- Is Mindfulness the Key?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Anxiety is a feeling easily created about many situations but the more closely we look at the feeling we usually discover it comes from a thought 'about' something and is not actually happening now. The more we unpick an anxiety the more it becomes a feeling about another time or another place.

Meltdown Moments and Epic Breakthroughs

Todd Savvas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Todd Savvas

There are so many elements of your life and the lives you intersect with which are being arranged, and rearranged right now. Many people are making massive decisions for their own path which intersect with your life, and your future.

Why We Should All Embrace the Fear of Failure

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

It has taken me this year to figure out that stability is what induces fear, not upheaval. Familiarity dulls the senses, unpredictability fires the synapses. Sitting still makes us scared to leap, taking the leap makes us question why we spent all that time sitting still.

Lessons From Mexican Tradition Day of the Dead ... How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

Monica Millares | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Millares

Contrary to what many may think, the Day of the Dead is not about grief and sorrow; it is a Celebration of Life!

Let Go

Amy Anka | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

It takes strength and courage to hold on, but it also takes an equal amount of strength and courage to let go.

Extreme Halloween: Has It All Gone Too Far?

Sandi Mann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Are our lives so dull and boring, that we crave such exciting, even depraved, thrills to liven things up? These Halloween experiences offer the same thing as fast fairground rides and horror movies do; the opportunity to experience an adrenalin rush (caused by shock and fear) in a relatively safe setting.

I Simply Do Not Know

Amy Anka | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

You are who you are because of all that you have experienced and endured up until this point. So how on earth do you forget the past and move into the now?

Trigger Warnings Are Not Used Enough

Danielle Lowe | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Tech
Danielle Lowe

This contains content that some viewers could find distressing. It is a phrase we hear often enough on our TV news when they are about to show a clip of something distressing. However, those same organisations often do not do the same on their online media sources.

Childhood Fears of a Horror Writer

Pat Higgins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I've been writing screenplays for horror movies and splashing around in the shallow end of the film industry for a decade now. Horror has become my comfort zone, albeit with a hefty splash of comedy to help the dark stuff go down. It wasn't always that way...

Choose Hope Over Fear

Liberty Forrest | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I've been having a ridiculously difficult time in recent weeks. Months, really. Okay, longer than that, but that's not the point. Lately, it's been especially hard and to be honest, I came apart last week, not something I do easily or often, let me tell you. To be honest, I can't remember when I last ended up in that terrible place.

The Bully Of The World

Ronnie Joice | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Ronnie Joice

On the 27th February 1933, there was an arson attack on the Reichstag building in Berlin. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Ge...

WATCH: How We Love To Laugh At Women And Spiders

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When a seemingly giant spider crawled about the head of meteorologist Kristi Gordon, her reaction was... umm... well what we'd expect really (see vide...

In Hard Times, We See Ghosts More Often

Endeavour Press | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Endeavour Press

Last time we had a global depression the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to buck people up by announcing: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". The trouble is that fear itself can be very frightening.

The Race to the Right on Immigration

Bob Morgan | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Immigration is a complex issue involving people from many different parts of the world coming to the UK for a variety of reasons - it's complicated and simple 'soundbite' solutions will do more harm than good.

How To Live Without Fear

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

How far would you go to conquer your fears? Thrill seekers in Russia are pushing themselves to the limit by embarking on a new training course to i...

The Only Way Is Up... Baby

Alex Hawley | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Alex Hawley

I'm a little bit frightened of all the usual things - death, dentists and décolletage decorum - but I'm completely and utterly terrified of heights, especially those with me at the wrong end of them.

Velcro And Pastry: The Weirdest Phobias Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Half inspired by the ghoulish spirit of Halloween and half by the recent revelation that HuffPost UK Lifestyle's (seemingly normal) desk buddy is petr...