Living and Thriving Beyond Fear: Stress Less and Manage Uncertainty with Dean Sluyter & Martin Lang Ph.D

Original Air Date Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Headlines, breaking news, and 24-hour news channels are infiltrating our every waking moment and adding an aspect to our lives no society before us has had to endure. Anxiety, fear, and depression approach us without warning and can leave us feeling hopeless to change our course. For some, happiness seems completely out of reach. But all is not lost.  Rituals, mindfulness, and meditation can help mitigate our fears and bring us home to our spiritual center. Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authorities in their respective fields. Dean Sluyter shares how natural meditation is used to lessen the impacts of conscious and unconscious fear in our lives and Dr. Martin Lang studies the role of rituals in increasing or decreasing anxiety and stress.



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Dean Sluyter — Beyond Fear: Where Om Meets Wee:
  • Dean’s book, Fear Less addresses how to deflate the over-inflated aspects of fear. [3:37]
  • Taking healthy risks, dealing with fear, and using natural meditation to find the transcendental self. [10:18]
  • Snap out of depression: Tools and techniques to transform your day and stress less. [15:56]

Award-winning author, Dean Sluyter (pronounced “slighter”) has taught natural methods of meditation and awakening since 1970. A grateful student of Eastern and Western sages in several traditions, Dean has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West. He is known for conveying authentic teachings in forms that are relaxed, accessible, and down-to-earth. When not writing or teaching, he narrates audiobooks, administers the Awakening Prison Art project, makes music, and happily tools around the streets of Santa Monica on his Vespa.

Book: Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction

Dean Sluyter Website
Dean Sluyter on Facebook
@deansluyter on Twitter

Martin Lang — The Mysteries of Routine & Ritual:
  • Dr. Lang shares the inspiration behind his study of ritualistic behavior. [27:13]
  • Performing rituals may significantly increase or decrease anxiety and stress. [32:32]
  • How Dr. Lang tests his ideas about the connection between rituals and anxiety. [38:11]
  • Ritualized collective movements have been shown to reduce anxiety by providing social support. [47:32]
  • How people use spirituality and beliefs to manage their moods. [50:29]

Martin Lang obtained his Ph.D. at Masaryk University in 2016 for a dissertation on the effects of ritual behavior on anxiety and social bonding. He has worked at the Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut and the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Currently, he works on the evolutionary underpinnings of ritual commitment signaling; on the cultural evolution of moralistic gods; on the role of music and synchronous movement in human cooperation; and the relationship between ritualized behavior and anxiety.


Martin Lang Website
@martinlangcz on Twitter

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