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TMHS 610: How Fear Can Control Your Mind, Body, & Behavior - With Tony Blauer

August 22, 2022

The Model Health Show


“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” – Bear Grylls

Fear is an innate part of the human experience. Although you might minimize fear as a basic emotion, fear is a complex process that triggers a series of physiological changes within the body. Fear isn’t inherently bad—in fact, fear is hardwired into our brains to keep us safe and alive. The key is to have a healthy relationship with fear and to be aware of how it impacts all areas of our lives.

Today’s guest, Tony Blauer, is a self-defense coach and fear management, expert. Through his company, Blauer Training Systems, his mission is to empower folks to reframe their relationship with fear in order to maximize performance. With over four decades of experience, Tony is a leading authority in the self-defense industry. He’s implemented scenario-based training for individuals and organizations across the world, including military, law enforcement, leadership teams, and the general public. 

This episode is full of life-changing principles you can implement to better your de-escalation skills and self-defense knowledge. We’re going to discuss trusting your instincts, identifying your vulnerabilities, and what it truly means to have courage. Tony is a wealth of information, and I hope this information gives you a wider perspective on fear and safety. So click play, take good notes, and enjoy this episode of The Model Health Show! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How your thoughts and emotions impact your biochemistry. 
  • An important distinction between physiological fear and psychological fear. 
  • Why improving your self-awareness is a superpower. 
  • What it means to know fear. 
  • How fear and intimidation are connected. 
  • The role of de-escalation in self-defense. 
  • What the three D’s of self-defense are. 
  • How to approach violent situations like an architect. 
  • Why you should always trust your gut instincts. 
  • What the True Safety Model is. 
  • How instincts, intuition, and intelligence can keep you safe. 
  • The importance of understanding psychological fear. 
  • How to identify your vulnerabilities. 
  • What situational awareness is. 
  • How to practice courage and resiliency. 
  • Why your intuition is like a GPS.
  • The difference between preparing for probability and possibility. 
  • Three things that offenders want in an attack.
  • Real strategies for devaluing yourself. 
  • The importance of managing fear. 

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