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A Small Essay on Fear.

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On Facing Fear

Fear has been a part of human experience ever since the dawn of species. Fear is different than anxiety in the sense that fear is anxiety associated to an idea. This means that it is superordinate to simple anxiety and much sharper as experience because it has an ideatic component which doubles the stake so to speak.

In order to face fear one must know how to face two things :

  • Anxiety.
  • Ideas.

  • Starting with number one, in order to face anxiety we must monitor our thoughts to watch over anxiety inducing ones and generate at the same time confident ones such as “I can make it.” . Also, by observing ourselves from an outside point of view, we can notice that there is no threat to us in the immediate environment in the case in which we feel anxiety (not so with fear if the object of the fear is present and can cause hurt). If there is no threat then there’s nothing to fear…anxiety itself cannot actually kill you unless you scare yourself into a heart attack. It’s an emotion, a signal. It tells you that you aren’t confident about something or that you might lose something in the near future. This being said, fortify yourself against the idea of loss or lack of trust. Develop them.
  • When it comes to ideas, always have adequate ones. Reject negativistic ones and pessimism itself. Think positively outcome-wise.
 
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On Facing Fear

Fear has been a part of human experience ever since the dawn of species. Fear is different than anxiety in the sense that fear is anxiety associated to an idea. This means that it is superordinate to simple anxiety and much sharper as experience because it has an ideatic component which doubles the stake so to speak.

In order to face fear one must know how to face two things :

  • Anxiety.
  • Ideas.

  • Starting with number one, in order to face anxiety we must monitor our thoughts to watch over anxiety inducing ones and generate at the same time confident ones such as “I can make it.” . Also, by observing ourselves from an outside point of view, we can notice that there is no threat to us in the immediate environment in the case in which we feel anxiety (not so with fear if the object of the fear is present and can cause hurt). If there is no threat then there’s nothing to fear…anxiety itself cannot actually kill you unless you scare yourself into a heart attack. It’s an emotion, a signal. It tells you that you aren’t confident about something or that you might lose something in the near future. This being said, fortify yourself against the idea of loss or lack of trust. Develop them.
  • When it comes to ideas, always have adequate ones. Reject negativistic ones and pessimism itself. Think positively outcome-wise.
Side Note : I'm aware that the essay sounds a little " naively self-help-ish" , but I think the info is useful.
 
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