Fear can be described as an unpleasant emotion that is sparked by the threat of harm, pain, or danger. Fear has been a survival instinct that has helped humans survive life-threatening situations. By fearing the right things, we have been able to survive. These fears have been passed onto future generations through genes since some fears are ‘cooked’ into our genes.
The brain is the point where all fear begins. When in a stressful situation, the brain releases chemicals that elevate the heartbeat. There is a very wide scope of the things that people fear and they range from fear of spiders, heights, death, confined spaces, snakes, war and cancer.
Whenever fear kicks in, there are two paths that the thinking mind can take. They are the high road, and the low road.
• The low road is very messy as this is where emotions dictate the situation. What one basically does is that he/she reacts before thinking.
• The high road on the other hand involves taking a step back and analyzing the situation before acting.
The most common type of fear in the USA today is the fear of public speaking (Glossophobia) and it affects about 74% of businesspeople. The less common fear in the USA on the other hand is the fear of thunder and lightning (Brontophobia) which affects about two percent of the population.
A panic attack is an acute fear where you suddenly feel full of fear for no apparent reason and with no warning. Such attacks in most cases leave people embarrassed and disoriented.
These attacks tend to vary in the length and severity in which they occur. They could last about two minutes or stretch to as much as 30 minutes.
Shaking, nausea, dizziness, elevated heart rate, numbness, chills, shallow breathing, and chest pains are some of the most symptoms of panic attacks. If you show at least four of these signs at least four times in a four-week period, you can be diagnosed to be suffering from panic attacks.
Panic attacks are caused by over stressful situations or events that occurred to one during childhood. For extreme cases of panic attacks, the most prescribed treatments are antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy. The use of antidepressants tends to have negative effects at times as the users get addicted.
People tend to fear who they are and what they know. They fail to look inside themselves and see the gifts that they have within. Most of the time, there is not that much fixing needed.
Most times when we start showing these gifts, people tend to have opinions about what we are doing. Rather than succumbing to pressure, we are supposed to continue practicing these gifts with confidence.
Vulnerability is one of the people’s greatest fears. People are taught not to show too much emotion or empathy as things might go wrong. People thus grow up hiding and masking their emotions afraid that things might not turn out right. They are also socialized not to be ‘sissies’ or ‘cry-babies’. Many people thus miss out on love simply because they are not true to themselves.
Self-doubt can be described as the urge and need to defend one’s actions. It might occur anywhere, whether alone or with friends and it has the capability to change your moods.
Once you let this fear in, your confidence becomes shaky. The best way to avoid this trap is by not letting negative thoughts thrive.
They can be classified as rational and irrational fears.
Rational fears are the justifiable fears that occur as a matter of survival instinct rather than a personal bias. Phobias on the other hand make no sense but they still elicit the same reaction as the fear exhibited when faced by a real threat.
The best strategy in such cases is facing your fears head on. If not kept in check, fear can cripple you and leave you in a position of helplessness and vulnerability.
Some of these fears are instilled during childhood and they tend to affect people all through to their adult life.
Most of the fears that people face are creations of their own imaginations. The more you entertain an idea, the more it tends to become your reality.By accepting reality with both its beautiful and ugly sides, you are able to control certain aspects of your life that would have been controlled by fear.
Hypnosis is one of the major treatments that are used to deal with the feeling of fear.
Reverting back to your original fear after beating it is caused by stressful situations, anxiousness and fatigue. By seeing yourself as a failure, you tend to trigger some of the old fears back to action.
Always being aware of some of the instances that might plunge you into fear is one of the ways to always ensure you stay in the lapse period. You are also required to always have an action plan for whenever you are faced with stressful situations that might trigger fear.
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