The Psychology of Fear

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“Fear Not… For fear is… False Evidence Appearing as Real.”

Fear is the biggest obstacle preventing success, joy and growth.

We all have experienced fear.

It’s one of the oldest human emotions.

Fear in small doses is healthy.

It warns us of danger and keeps us in check. It helps us to show respect and honor to our parents and other authorities.

However, when fear goes unchecked for too long, a HUGE part of our emotional intelligence suffers.

We get stuck. We get unhappy. We start experiencing unhealthy anxiety. This type of fear paralyzes us and prevents us from pursuing our goals.

What is fear?

Fear is a learned behavior. It’s a state of mind. Another word, we were taught to be afraid. For example, a child has no fear at birth until he or she has learned to be afraid. According to psychological research, fear is affected by cultural and historical context. People develop specific fears as a result of learning. This has been studied in psychology as fear conditioning, beginning with John B. Watson’s Little Albert experiment in 1920, which was inspired after observing a child with an irrational fear of dogs.

Fear is a powerful and primitive human emotion. It alerts us to the presence of danger and it was critical in keeping our ancestors alive. Fear can be divided into two responses, biochemical and emotional. The biochemical response is universal, while the emotional response is highly individual.

Here are the 7 basic fears that hold people back from achieving their full potential…

1. Fear of intimacy
2. Fear of criticism
3. Fear of poverty
4. Fear of sickness
5. Fear of losing loved ones
6. Fear of old age
7. Fear of death

In a 2005 Gallup poll (U.S.), a national sample of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 were asked what they feared the most. The question was open-ended and participants were able to say whatever they wanted. The top ten fears were, in order: terrorist attacks, spiders, death, being a failure, war, criminal or gang violence, being alone, the future, and nuclear war.

In an estimate of what people fear the most, book author Bill Tancer analyzed the most frequent online queries that involved the phrase, “fear of…” following the assumption that people tend to seek information on the issues that concern them the most. His top ten list of fears published 2008 consisted of flying, heights, clowns, intimacy, death, rejection, people, snakes, failure, and driving.

Unhealthy fear is toxic to you and those around you. Fear can set you back from achieving your full potential. Fear can crush your spirit, your soul and affect your physical health.

If your spirit is weakened, then your health is weakened; your happiness is impossible and your success is compromised. That’s why it’s important to discover how to overcome your fear.

How to overcome fear?

In the eBook, YES YOU CAN! Dr. Lauretta Justin offer practical tips you can practice to overcome fear. She said, “Fear is like heart disease. It hits you at your core – at your enthusiasm. In heart disease, the flow of blood is reduced due to blockage in the arteries. Similarly, fear blocks the flow of creativity by clogging your enthusiasm, which eventually kills your dream…”

To overcome fear you must:

1. Acknowledge it: Own your feeling, don’t deny it. Feeling afraid is a normal human emotion. It’s just trying to warn you of possible danger.

2. Expose it and take opposite actions: Silence fuels fear. When fear is exposed, the illusion of threat usually disappear. This will free you to take action.

3. Practice gratitude to redirect your focus: Gratitude is an antidote to fear. It’s difficult to feel both afraid
and grateful at the same time. When fear strikes, make a list of things you’re grateful for and your fear will disappear.

It’s time to kick fear out of your life for good and start pursuing the life of your dreams!

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