Fear is our body’s natural reaction. It is a powerful biological reaction against risk or danger, real as well as imaginary. Fear is a primary defence and survival mechanism that helps us avoid danger or escape from it. The presence of fear is an important advantage if the threat is real, but totally negative if the danger is baseless. It stops us from doing, from taking actions.
The most frequent consequences of fear is anxiety that exasperated our nervous system with the possibility of indeterioting into depressive mania of it persists. In a majority of cases, the factors that unleash this kind of reaction are unreal and exaggerated and certainly not as serious as we imagine them to be. We weakens our resistance to negative thoughts and our health by allowing them to invade us. In fact they can become the main mental barrier against beneficial and positive thoughts. There is a psychological term for fear of a particular thing that is called phobia. The person with this mental condition fears a particular thing. And what psychologists tell about the cure if it is ” face it”.
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In the seventeenth century, William Shakespeare, who had great intuitive power and psychological sensibility, put in the words of one of his character: ‘ i am fearful of your fear’. Fear is the only thing to fear of. And what one have to do is not running away from fear but to face it.
One of the global best seller on this topic is ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ by American psychologist, Susan Jeffers. She confesses in the introduction that she was herself an extremely fearful person when she was young.
She wrote, ‘I was constantly ruled by fear when i was young. Thus it must not be surprising when i say that for a long part of my life, i was anchored to many things that did everything but favour me. My problem was the incessant voice that continuously nagged me saying that it will be better not to change the situation; this is not your cup of tea; you will never do it for yourself; do not take risks; you could commit an error; you will regret it!
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If you identify with the young Susan, you would be well aware that you need to strive hard to liberate yourself from the bonds of fears that stops your mind from accepting changes. Jeffers does not wants us to overcome fears, but to recognise it and analyse its cause and the negative thoughts that provoke it. As the expressive title of that book suggests, she wants us to learn to live with fear. And to accept it in order to confront it.
Some one said that war heroes do what they do. Because it is no longer possible for them to tolerate their fears. Susan Jeffers does not agree with an inopportune reaction but a conscious process of re educating our own mind.
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Although the inability to confront fears might appear and feel like a psychological imbalance, it does not happen in the majority of cases. It is simply an educational problem, and by reeducating the mind, one can accept the fear as just a simple fact of life rather than as an obstacle to success.