The Psychology of Why Americans Are Afraid of Historically Low Crime Levels

The Psychology of Why Americans Are Afraid of Historically Low Crime Levels

When we work to suppress the “Yellow Light” experience of our human uncertainty, anxiety and groundlessness, we fall into the “Red Light” shut-down of paranoia — losing our connection with the actual situations we are in. Even if our goal is to defend ourselves, we are no longer accurate about the threats, aren’t focused on what really is causing harm. We lose our intelligence and our sensitivity, becoming blindfolded and oblivious, shooting into the darkness at imaginary demons.

In the Yellow Light, we also become more gullible. If someone in the Red Light of paranoia suggests they can take our anxious feelings away by battling our imaginary enemies, we’re more prone to follow them. This is why being mindful of the Yellow Light is a radical path to creating a lively, peaceful and more engaged society, better able to protect the vulnerable from the real threats we all face.

Click to Read New York Magazine’s article on Americans are more afraid during a period with less crime and less overall threats to our safety.

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Senior Mindful Communication Instructor Gregory Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg teaches Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness primarily in North America and Europe. In 2003 Greg graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.