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Reducing symptoms of anxiety

Professor Elaine Fox has investigated our roadmap to resilience. She wanted to understand better why some people are emotionally vulnerable. Fear systems are crucial motivator of our behaviours but where we differ is in the automatic mechanism guiding our attention. She discovered that people differ profoundly in the degree to which our attention is drawn and held by negative or positive material and in how well we can control and regulate attention. Fox found that the only thing that predicted cortisol response (being over reactive) to a stress task was the participants’ negative bias to a masked stimuli. Learning to modifying your cognitive bias is effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety and this is where the help of a professional can make a difference in your stress levels.

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