Fear, Gloom, and Panic, Oh My!

June 27th, 2012

By Dr. Jim Taylor In a recent post, I suggested that our survival instinct, which has served us so well for so long, may now be failing us. Why? Because the reactions that arise as part of the fight-or-flight response are often no longer effective in a world that is far more complex, unpredictable, and […]


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Is Our Survival Instinct Failing Us?

June 11th, 2012

By Dr. Jim Taylor The human instinct to survive is our most powerful drive. Since animals climbed out of the primordial muck and as our early ancestors rose from all fours to walk upright, evolution has been guided by its ability to help us survive and reproduce. Just about everything that humans have become serves […]


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Don’t Go “Caveman” in a Crisis

May 17th, 2012

By Dr. Jim Taylor Research has shown that when we experience a crisis, we regress back to our primitive ancestors; we go caveman! We fall back on most deeply ingrained instincts and habits that have served us well for eons by ensuring our survival, namely, by triggering the “fight-or-flight” response. This primal reaction produces intense […]


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Crisis: Emotional Threat or Challenge

March 13th, 2012

By Dr. Jim Taylor Emotions lie at the heart of how you respond to crises. They are the starting point for all of the reactions that we have toward a crisis. They are also the first obstacle to establishing a positive response to a crisis. That is why it is essential to understand the role […]


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Osama, Panama, and Venezuela

May 3rd, 2011

By Dan Miller It’s early still, but the reaction in Panama seems to have been friendly to the U.S. Of course, Panama is generally more friendly to the U.S. than is most any other country in the region. Here and here are a couple of articles from la Estrella, a Panamanian newspaper. The comments are […]


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