There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear (1 Jn. 4:18).
Perfect love may remove all fear, but a new study of the brain finds that even the hint of love is enough to begin to calm the fearful brain.
Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain’s response to threat, new research has found. The study discovered that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain’s threat monitor, the amygdala, subsequently does not respond to images showing threatening facial expressions or words. This occurred even if the person was not paying attention to the content of the first pictures. Read More
The Theology of the Body tells us that we are made for love and this study shows just how true that is. We are wired to function more effectively, more fearlessly just being in the presence of a loving interaction. Just think of the power that creating loving connection can have to help mitigate our anxiety and fearfulness. If you’re feeling afraid, don’t isolate, reach out to those who love you and experience the peace beyond all understanding.
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