SOMETHING TOUCHED MY LEG!!
Fear. Anxiety. Dread. Consternation. Perturbation.
All household terms.
Fear is "an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat."
Physiological side effects of fear include rapid heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing, sweating, jitters, chest tightness, and hiding under the covers.
Anxiety is the "fear that fears will come true."
The large majority of documented fears are a perception of an unknown outcome. This thought is the driving force behind bailing at the last minute. An internal opinion is enough to keep us from public speaking, entering a talent show, or listening to NPR on a first date.
The Amygdala is an almond-shaped mass of cells in the brain that controls the autonomic (automatic) and often uncontrollable emotional responses centered around the "my life flashed before my eyes" episodes because there was a rubber cockroach on your toothbrush (yay college).
Fear is subjective, just like pain. That's why it's so hard to treat. For example, Dr. Mike has no problem with heights but is just petrified of dyslexia getting.
It cannot be proven someone is not scared of something:
To summarize, heightened states of panic create a transient episode of increased energy, increased strength, decreased pain, and decreased thinking..................
And that is why horror movies, haunted houses, and roller coasters are billion dollar industries.
The key is context. When staring at a tiger, we focus on survival. When staring at Dinkles the Clown, we focus on fun (well.....some of us anyway).
So how is fear treated?
Studies show that if you pick up that spider, give that powerpoint presentation, or grow that beard, the perception of fear is shattered and the consequence (if any) is far less than imagined.
In short, it's not a problem until it's a problem.
Fear is a conception of a perception. Take a breath, take a second, clear the mind, and let it go.
Everything is going to be all right.
Have a great week.
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