Fear. What does it mean to you? What does it mean in your life? Is your life influenced by fear? Even just a little bit?
1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
2. a specific instance of our propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights.
3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety.
4. reverential awe, especially toward God: the fear of God. Synonyms: awe, respect, reverence, veneration.
5. something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of: Cancer is a common fear.
My biggest fear is speaking in public. It doesn’t matter how many times I tell myself to picture the audience naked, or that I don’t know these people and I’ll never see them again in my life. My brain gets it, but my body does not. No matter how confident I feel walking into the room, as soon as I begin speaking, my knees will begin to shake, my face goes beet red, and I start talking a mile a minute so I can get the fuck out of there.
Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat that causes animals to move quickly away from the location of the perceived threat, and sometimes hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible.
Yep, that’s me moving out of a public room in which I have spoken. I know what causes it: I have a fear of being perceived as stupid. It doesn’t matter if it’s reasonable or not, that’s why it’s a fear, all y’all!
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.
What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope.
Courage is not the lack of fear, but the ability to face it.
~Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)
That’s it in a nutshell, isn’t it? Fear keeps you alive; we create what we fear; and fear cannot rule over us if we face it.
Like an old friend once asked me, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
This is our daily open thread — What are you afraid of?