What is fear?

Author: Gabi Viljoen

Everyone has had to face a fear sometime in their life, whether it was something as small as a spider or something colossal like stage 4 cancer. The point is, we have all experienced fear before.

Some fears are phobias (Irrational fears) and some are real, proper, rational, full-on fears. Some of the most common phobias are: glossophobia (the fear of public speaking), claustrophobia (the fear of small spaces) and many more.

The actual definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by threat of pain, harm or danger but I think there is more to it. Some fears go away once one has accomplished that certain task (eg. going down a scary waterslide is less scary once you have done it), but other stay even once you have done them). This is based on pleasant vs unpleasant experiences. 

Fear is a state of the mind. It is easy to overcome or control it if you know how. Here are some tips on how to control your fears:

  • Take time out. It is impossible to overcome your fear when your head is rushing and you are in a state of panic

  • Breathe. It helps you calm down.

  • Talk about it.

  • Visualize your happy place

Think about how after some time it will all be over.(This one works best for me)

Spiders are the most common cause of Arachnophobia.

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