Whether it's to get over an irrational fear of spiders or a perfectly rational fear of jumping out of an airplane, the common advice is to face your fears head-on. If you do, the logic goes, you'll find out they're not so scary after all, and you may even learn to enjoy them. Of course, that's not always the case — sometimes forcing someone to re-experience something traumatic just causes further trauma. With that risk, anyone offering the advice to "face your fears!" should be absolutely sure that it really can be helpful. Luckily, new neuroscience research is giving the practice a green light by demonstrating just what happens in your brain when you face your fears.
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Written by Ashley Hamer July 11, 2018
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