Definition of Fear

Don't let fear define you
and limit your personal growth

According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, the definition of fear is: An unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger and accompanied by increased autonomic activity.

Fear can be a very powerful and unpleasant emotion. When we experience fear, several psychological and physiological responses take place all at the same time.

Psychological events include feeling emotionally overwhelmed, having high levels of anxiety, and even feeling terrified.

Physiological responses to fear include a faster heart rate, shallow breathing, and similar effects.

Experiencing fear can greatly impact our view on life, our confidence levels, and can sabotage our potential for personal growth.

Just as there are many types of fears, there are also different levels of anxiety associated with fears. Some people have what they consider to be strange fears, when they simply possess a less common fear.

It doesn’t matter what the fear is or how many people have it – if it is affecting your life in a negative way and holding you back from full enjoyment of your life, it is the definition of fear, and doesn’t belong in your life.

What Causes Fear?

We are only born with two fears; the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. All other fears we currently possess have developed from an event or events in our past which we associated with pain or danger. We have actually been programmed by the past experience to avoid the event which we associated with the pain and danger.

Common Fears

There are many fears that people experience. A few common social fears are the fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, and fear of criticism. Once you learn to overcome your fears, you can use all the energy you used to spend in worry and fear to improve the quality of your life!

Three good ways to quickly take your mind off your fears

1. Exercise. Physical activity boosts the immune system and strengthens the mind and body. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that help promote a healthy mind and body. At the very least, exercise can take your mind off your worries.

2. Set goals. Take some time out of your day to set some goals. Set specific, short term, and simple goals. The more you can complete, the more self-confidence you'll build. Self-confidence is a powerful tool for removing fear.

3. Talk about it. Fears can multiply when you bottle them up inside you. When you let fear build, it snowballs and gets bigger and bigger until it becomes terrifying to you. Talking about it helps relieve the pressure and gives you the opportunity to obtain honest feedback.

Worry Is Also A Fear

Although worry is not in the definition of fear, it is actually a type of fear, too. We could define it as fear of future events.

Let go of the habit of worry. Worry is a useless emotion and doesn't help you move beyond rational fear. Why? Worry always falls into one of two categories:

Things you can't control - If you have no control over the outcome of a situation, why worry about it? You can't change or control other people. What will happen, will happen.

Worrying won't make a difference at all in the situation. It will only add to your fears and prevent you from taking care of the things you can control.

Things you can control - If you can control the situation you are concerned about, then it's simple: take action! If you're doing everything you can, then you no longer have any need to worry.

Worry slows you down, makes you second guess yourself, and could even lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

In the end, facing your fears head-on will give you more self-confidence, provide valuable experience, and make you stronger.

No matter what your definition of fear is, you don't have to let fear define you. You can face your fears courageously and triumphantly and live a much fuller, more satisfying life!

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