Episode 132

What a Top Brain Surgeon Can Teach Us About Fear

With Dr. Mark McLaughlin

The first time neurosurgeon Mark McLaughlin cut open a patient’s skull, he found himself confronting a powerful force that his fellow brain surgeons agreed was best never spoken of— fear.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Mark McLaughlin about how so much of what we perceive as fear is wrapped up in a story. We discuss what prevents people from seeking help or counsel about a problem or fear they have. We also talk about tools and strategies for overcoming fear. 

For more on Dr. Mark McLaughlin, you can follow him on Instagram @mmclaughlinmd, on Facebook @markmclaughlinmd, on Twitter @mmclaughlinmd, and through his website here. You can find his book, Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Out-Think Fear, right here. Take the Cognitive Dominance Assessment here, and check out his blog here.

Also mentioned in this episode:

Maps of Meaning: The Architect of Belief by Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris

10 Percent Happier Meditation app

 

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The first time Dr. McLaughlin was introduced to fear  
    (2:09)
  2. What wrestling taught him about fear
    (3:59)
  3. The fear freakout
    (12:52)
  4. How to map out your fear
    (15:42)
  5. Where fear lives in the brain
    (21:14)
  6. The fear of vulnerability
    (27:23 )
  7. The misconception that we have to get over our fears
    (30:10)
  8. The power of taking tiny actions to overcome fear
    (44:32)
  9. The importance of partnership when dealing with a challenge
    (49:57)
  10. Where to learn more about Dr. McLaughlin
    (1:09:53)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Mark McLaughlin

Dr. Mark McLaughlin is a practicing board-certified neurosurgeon, a national media commentator, thought leader in performance enhancement, and author of the book, Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Outthink Fear.

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