Merriam-Webster Fear definition is – an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. This is the harsh truth of the story. Actually, fear is one of the seven universal emotions everyone feels. The fear may be physical, spiritual, emotional, or psychological. The feeling of anxiety could be an actual or perceived danger, regardless the sense is real.
Fear used to be looked at as a negative emotion, and no feeling is negative. How we deal with emotion is the vital part.
Fear is hard-wired in our brains to protect us from various things, like the bear trying to eat us or the shark swimming near us. The lack of fear should be more concerning than having anxiety.
Not all fear is instinct. Some fear is taught. We teach children not to run into traffic or touch a hot stove. Suppose we know someone who hates a particular specific animal. In that case, we may pick up on their distress and soon fear these animals for no logical reason.
People fear what they don’t know; this is why racism is so prevalent in the world. From the fear of the unknown, people oversimplify why they fear someone or even just make things up. This way, you don’t have to be in actual danger to feel fear.
I have chronic stress and free-floating anxiety; I’m in fear most of the time of things I anticipate to be stressful. I’m afraid of the outcome. Instead of focusing positive, I focus on the negative, which overloads my brain and makes my mind and body ill. Many people have anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve oversimplified it here, but the pain is real. A common fear people overthink is public speaking called glossophobia. Seventy-five percent of people have this issue, including famous actors and singers.
Most of us have potentiation, the more scared we are of something, the scarier the thing we’re afraid of seems to be even if there was no threat. When we feel threatened, we either take flight, fight, or freeze. I have done all three. I have fear pretty much the entire time I’m awake. I take the proper medications, talk with a professional and use other tools, such as meditating, doing yoga, mantra, exercising, listening to music, writing, walking in nature, and changing how I perceive the world.
Sometimes everything works out fine, but like most things, it’s a constant struggle. If you have fear, and it manifests in ways like anxiety, talk with someone; it could be a friend, spouse, spiritual leader, and professional.
Take control of your life, and I’ll do the same and take control of mine.