Very few people understand the programming of fear, and why it distorts our perceptions.Fear is apparently a universal emotion; all persons, consciously or unconsciously, have fear in some sort.
From an evolutionary perspective, the emotion of fear protected humans from predators and other threats to the survival of the species. So it is no wonder that certain dangers evoke that emotion, since fear helps protect you and is therefore adaptive, functional, and necessary. However, there is another important aspect of emotions to consider that, in the case of fear, may be important to decision-making as well as survival. That is, when an emotion is triggered it has an impact on our judgments and choices in situations. Both ,fear and anxiety emotions, are triggered in response to threat. There are times when a past fear might re-emerge, even though the present situation does not truly warrant the need to be afraid. In a study of risk taking, participants who were fearful consistently made judgments and choices that were relatively pessimistic and amplified their perception of risk in a given situation, in contrast to happy or angry participants who were more likely to disregard risk by making relatively optimistic judgments and choices.( http://www.psychologytoday.com)
Fear could thus be both a feeling and an emotion yet fear as an entirely subjective or mental feeling component would be difficult to detect as it would not be accompanied by visible or noticeable physical reactions as in fear as an emotion. Anxiety on the other hand is considered a distinct internalized emotion as it arises internally from a perceived threat rather than fear which is due to external stimuli. Fear could be defined as an externalized emotion or feeling which may or may not be accompanied by bodily reactions and fear could be conscious or unconscious. A Virus Called Fear video
A psychology of fear would distinguish fear as an emotion and fear as a feeling, fear as conscious and fear as unconscious as well as fear with bodily reactions and fear without bodily reactions and fear in anxiety and fear in phobias. It would be important to understand why fear occurs and what are the bodily reactions when fear is a strong conscious emotion and how this differs from fear as a feeling which may not have bodily reactions and could be conscious but would more likely would be unconscious. Fear as Emotions - Fear when accompanied by bodily reactions would signify strong emotional response to a situation or an object or event. Since fear is internalized, fear would naturally begin with a feeling or a subjective component. This means the individual would first "feel' afraid of the situation and then react to it. Such fear in which the individual is conscious of the emotion and reacts strongly to it is generally an emotional response and this sort of fear is thus manifested as a strong emotion.
Fear as Feeling - Fear could however be simply manifested as a subjective feeling, a sense of uneasiness or unconscious perception of some sort of danger or threat that may not evoke strong bodily reactions. Fear as feeling is thus unconsciously released in dreams, slips of tongue, lapses of attention etc. Fearin Anxiety - Fear as a feeling could also be the subjective basis of anxiety as when internalized and even unexplained anxiety has a general feeling of fear. Anxiety thus also begins with a fear but this could be largely unconscious, internalized and more generalized. But anxiety has distinct bodily reactions and that is how anxiety differs from fear as a feeling.
Fearin phobias consist of persistent pathological emotional response towards specific objects or events. The difference between anxiety and phobia is that phobias are always externalized whereas anxiety is internalized and fear again being externalized as an emotion or internalized as a feeling would be a part of both anxiety and phobias. However phobias are not emotions but pathological responses consisting of fear as a complex emotion and bodily reaction. Since phobias are compositions of emotions and strong reactions, the reactions are expressed in exaggerated forms in phobias so individuals with phobias would react in extreme ways and could develop a state of panic especially due to the extreme and uncontrollable bodily reactions.
In therapeutic treatment of psychology it will be necessary to understand the origin of fear and this could be done with neurological studies and studies of bodily reactions and mental states. Fear as simple feelings or complex emotional responses should be identified in specific situations and extensive fear could be studied in anxiety and phobia. -Saberi Roy -/poet/analyst/political commentator/psychologist( http://www.futurehealth.org)
We fear change because we fear the unknown. We feel uncertain as we don’t know what change will bring us. All we know is that it will cause us to move to the unknown. If we are not prepared to accept change, we will never know if change is good or right for us. We have to experience it to know. It could be a lot better than we think. When we experience change and find out it is not appropriate for us, we can always take actions to change it.
Change must begin from within our own selves. It is only when we change our inner world that we can change the outer world. Changing ourselves starts with self-discovery that is exposing our personal weaknesses so that necessary corrections can be made. Understanding our fears which are the root cause of our weaknesses is an essential step towards eliminating the fears. It is also absolutely necessary for building our inner strength.Gaining an understanding of our fears allows us to know the truth of the kind of person we are, and helps to facilitate a change in our personality. Knowing the truth about ourselves can never cause fear. However awful or dreadful the truth is, it will not deter us if we are decided on a change for the better. It in fact provides us with great encouragement to go on to become the kind of person we ought to be. Fear arises when we resist it due to our failure to understand it correctly.
We avoid change because we have been feeling pretty comfortable in our comfort zone. We don’t want to take risks and venture from where we feel comfortable and familiar with into unfamiliar territory. We feel if no change takes place, we face no risks. It is a lot easier and safer to stay where we are even if it’s not a pleasant place. But for us to make progress, we have to move to bring about positive change. Positive change is only possible if we rid ourselves completely of the fear of change. To do this, we must act courageously and decisively in resisting all feelings of fear.
Why do many of us fear change? It's because change requires abandonment of old habits and beliefs. Understandably, we are reluctant to give up completely the beliefs that we have rigidly adhered to for so long. But when we discover new information that is entirely incompatible with our beliefs, we must accept change as inevitable. We should always concentrate on being the kind of person who holds the right belief which are the truth. We must also understand that we have to willingly subject ourselves to the truth even though it's the truth that we fear. The more we do that, the more familiar they become and the once fearful situations cease to cause us to be afraid.
Our power and freedom are severely curtailed by our beliefs. Most of our beliefs are mistaken beliefs, and we still follow our erroneous beliefs thinking they are true. So is belief in nothing a better option? The best answer would be to ask ourselves whether our beliefs are benefiting us or causing us suffering. If the latter, we should proceed to get rid of our beliefs in favour of change. But our fear of change keeps us where we are. Where we are is the state of being completely certain of things. We would rather be certain undergoing an unpleasant experience than to risk change to enjoy a pleasant experience.
Even if we experience positive change, we will still be feeling uncertain as we generally lack optimism. Our fearful anxiety is caused by what we imagine may result. We think if we can’t get a promotion, we will look for another job. But if we got that promotion to a higher position with a higher salary and better advancement prospects, there is still the fear of insecurity and doubt as to whether we can cope with the new position. Likewise, we would still have similar feelings had we got another job.
We can bring about real personal change. All it requires is our determination to make a firm and irreversible decision to persist with change in our life. We do that by removing the greatest obstacle from our life which is the feeling of fear. If we are resolutely determined to dispel our feelings of fear, nothing can stop us from our personal attainment that we have always wished for.(Source:http://www.mymotivational-nlp.com)
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