DR. GERALD HÜTHER
- In Conversation with Cristián Gàlvez
Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther is a neurobiologist, author, scientist and is one of Germany’s most prominent brain researchers. He deals with neurobiological prevention research as part of various initiatives and projects.
He’s written numerous self-help books, holds lectures, organizes conventions, works as an advisor to politicians and businesspeople, and is a frequent interview partner on radio on television. He both shares knowledge and implements it.
His outreach work is focused on disseminating and implementation of insights from modern brain research. He views himself as a bridge-builder between scientific findings and social/individual life practices. The aim of his activities is to create more favorable conditions for developing human potential.
Questions about men and boys are very important to Gerald Hüther. One of his book is titled Men – The Weak Sex and His Brain, he’s been a cooperation partner for MALEvolution for years and is one of the co-initiators of the “Forum of New Masculinity.”
In Conversation with Cristián Gàlvez
What are we men afraid of?
The Art of Not Falling for Fear-Based Messaging
With our malleable minds, capable of learning a whole life long, we men must first discover what is important in life. Which is why we are and remain seekers. But it’s all too easy to get lost along the path of this search for a happy and fulfilled life. As soon as we start to feel that we’ve ended up on the wrong path, we get scared. And that’s a good thing. Fear is our most vigilant companion. It enable us to learn from mistakes. We cannot live without fear.
What’s foolish is that we all cling to the dream of a life without fear. So many many men try to ignore legitimate fears. They may even have the experience of a deeply felt, quite legitimate fear being masked by a more superficially triggered, better controlled fear. In order to achieve certain goals, we humans are able to both suppress fear and reinforce it – not just with ourselves, but even more effectively in others.
Fomenting or assuaging fear can therefore be used to specifically advance one’s own interests and agendas. This instrumentalization of fear makes people dependent and able to be manipulated, robbing them of their freedom. So the real issue is probably not how we free ourselves of fear, but what we can do so as not to become driven by the fears stirred up by other people or interest groups.