“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear” (Rosa Parks).
We all have experienced fear. 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 the psychology of 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.
Here are my 7 basic fear…
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.
It’s time to kick fear out of your life for good and start pursuing the life of your dreams!
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