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How Do You STOP Living in Fear and Letting It CONTROL You?
The Neuroscience Behind Learning and Unlearning Fear

John R. Miles – How do you stop living in fear and letting it control you? The neuroscience of fears and what they are not just passively forgotten, they must be actively unlearned. Brought to you by Raycon ( and Athletic Greens (

Fear is a complicated thing. In today’s episode, I will be taking you on an in-depth journey into the world of the emotion called fear, explaining the neuroscience of fear, giving you details on how fear is learned, and equipping you with knowledge on how you can effectively unlearn fear. I use the story of British Olympic Gold Medalist Adam Peaty to illustrate how fears are learned and unlearned and the steps he took to stop living in fear.

What is the Neuroscience of Fear?

When a person is exposed to trauma or a painful situation, the amygdala, in association with the hypothalamus – part of the brain’s limbic system in charge of emotions – triggers two systems the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system. The sympathetic nervous system largely primes the body to anticipate the threat. After this, the body becomes attentive, and both adrenaline and noradrenaline are discharged into the bloodstream. These two stress hormones cause the pupils to dilate, the brain to become hyperalert, and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

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Because fear is a learned behavior, we begin to see everyday situations through the lens of previous painful experiences.

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In This Week’s Episode, John R. Miles Explores Why You Need to Stop Living in Fear Through the Lens of the Story of Adam Peaty

  • What is fear and what causes it?
  • How did British Olympian Adam Peaty unlearn the fear of water?
  • The evolution and psychology of fear
  • The neuroscience of fear and how it affects the body and mind
  • How fear is learned and conditions us
  • How do you unlearn fear?
  • Why fear does not have to control our lives
  • How to actively and intentionally stop living in fear
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130 | The Neuroscience Behind Learning and Unlearning Fear | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
130 | The Neuroscience Behind Learning and Unlearning Fear | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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About John R. Miles

Passion Struck with John R. Miles episode 130 on stop living in fear

John R. Miles is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Passion Struck. This full-service media company helps people live intentionally by creating best-in-class educational and entertainment content. John is the host of the highly popular podcast Passion Struck with John R. Miles.

John is also a prolific public speaker and author. John is the host of the PassionStruckPodcast, a show focused on exploring the mindset and philosophy of the world’s highest achievers to learn the lessons of living intentionally.

Passion Struck aspires to speak to the humanity of people in a way that makes them want to live better, be better and impact. Stay tuned for John’s latest project, his upcoming book, which will be published in the summer of 2022.


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