• Patrick Norris

66. Dr. Todd Bowman – Leadership, Anxiety, Panic, Fearful Nuances, and Effective Tools




Welcome to Episode #66 of the Red Ink Revival Leadership Podcast. Today’s conversation is with Dr. Todd Bowman, a psychologist, neuroscientist, and amazing human being as we talk through the powerful nuances of anxiety and panic. Our conversation, which is part 1 of a 2-part conversation, takes us into the following topics:

  • Patrick’s story of personal panic attacks.

  • How addiction is an anxiety disorder and/or an intimacy disorder.

  • Compulsivity being driven by anxiety.

  • Over organizing, working harder or longer, perfectionism, and other leadership behaviors driven from anxiety.

  • Defining anxiety, both healthy and unhealthy.

  • Unpacking the theological narrative of anxiety.

  • The adaptive and maladaptive manifestations of anxiety.

  • What Jesus meant when He spoke “fear not”.

  • What the culture, adults, and kids may experience due to the pandemic.

  • How controlling outcomes is an illusion that fuels unhealthy anxiety.

  • How the imagination causes the body to experience threats that aren’t credible.

  • An analysis by neuroscience of how special forces manage anxiety.

  • How meditating scripture releases neurochemicals through empowerment circuits.

  • The difference between the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit and it being “the flesh”.

  • How the noun of “sin” in Romans chapter 5-8 is referring to trauma mapping for surviving and belonging.

  • How sinful behavior is rooted in panic, coupled with shame and loss of control.

  • Walking in the light, the truth or reality, as a template of exploring anxiety and its narratives.

  • The relationship between the optic nerve’s interaction with the amygdala and walking by faith, not by sight.

  • Why breathing exercises reverse-engineer chronic anxiety episodes.

  • The three P’s of anxiety that speak loudly in our consciousness.

  • Tools to manage overwhelming anxiety and panic.

Be sure to listen to next week’s episode #67 as Dr. Bowman and Patrick continue this conversation about anxiety, panic, and the nuances driving our leadership personalities. It will be titled: Anxiety Drivers in Pastors, Deconstruction of Faith, and Cancel Culture.

Dr. Bowman is the Associate Professor of Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an Adjunct Professor for Human Sexuality at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is an Adjunct Professor of the Intro to Psychology at Nazarene Bible College. He also is an assessing psychologist for evaluating seminary applicants for ministry training.


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Edited and produced by Evan (Emac) McAlister

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