266. Future Tense with Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Anxiety has long gotten a bad wrap. But maybe part of why anxiety is so much on the rise and harming so many people comes back to how we understand anxiety. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, author Future Tense: Why Anxiety is Good for You (Even Though it Feels Bad) joins us to discuss why re-thinking anxiety can help us out. As Adam Grant noted in his blurb, this conversation and this book “Is going smash your existing views about anxiety and replace them with more helpful ones.”

Listen and Learn:

  • The three principles of being anxious in the right way
  • Tracy’s insights into the difference between fear, stress, anxiety, and anxiety disorders
  • Why anxiety has a public relations problem
  • What are the useful functions of anxiety 
  • Why hope is so fundamental to anxiety
  • How shifting our anxiety mindset can help treatment for anxiety disorders more effective
  • Why the medical model of treating anxiety is so problematic
  • Why children, even children with anxiety, are anti-fragile (and how to wisely approach anxiety in youth)
  • In-the-moment strategies to manage an upsurge in anxiety 
  • What Attention Bias Modification is and how it works to help us manage anxiety
  • The connection between anxiety and creativity


About Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, is a professor of psychology and neuroscience, Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab, and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Health Technology at Hunter College. Her company, Wise Therapeutics, translates neuroscience and cognitive therapy techniques into gamified, clinically validated digital therapeutics for mental health. Dr. Dennis-Tiwary has published over 100 scientific articles and delivered over 400 presentations at academic conferences and for corporate clients, and has been featured throughout the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Bloomberg Television. You can find Tracy at her website or on Twitter.

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Episode 266