I was starting the theme of this week and a thought came to mind. Have I done posts on fear before? Apparently, I’ve done several. It’s a topic that keeps coming back to my mind as if I never considered it before. Yet, I can’t shake it. This leaves me with a challenge in regards to making this fresh. Well . . . I did think up some curious insights on fear last year, so I’m going to share those.
- I think fear is one of the biggest driving forces of human civilization. We created clothes out of fear of freezing to death or sunburns. We discovered fear out of fear of the dark. Locks on our doors exist because we fear that our territory can be intruded upon. Writing was invented out of fear of history and lore being lost. It might not have been conscious, but fear was there at some level. Of course, much of this involves facing and defeating our fear as well.
- Fear and anxiety go hand-in-hand, which so many people don’t understand. Many believe that they are related, but not that closely. If I’m jolted awake by my alarm, the phone, or cats mating outside, I’m much more on edge and twitchy. I have been startled and the chance of me having a panic attack by the end of the day has increased. Also, people use the same phrase of ‘face your fear/anxiety’ for both issues, which does show their relation.
- It is difficult for some people to understand the fear of another, especially if it’s something they have no problem with. I get this with horror movies, which I really don’t like. I get scared and horrified too easily, but I have friends who love this kind of stuff. I don’t find being scared an enjoyable form of entertainment and some of them think I’m strange. So, fear occasionally has a ‘language’ or something barrier.
- Inducing fear at a constant rate for a long period of time can cause one of two reactions, especially with large groups. Some become more distant from the world around them and be terrified of anything remotely connected to the fear. They come off as highly paranoid and may quickly sever any relations that they think will put them at risk. Others will become so numb that they will ignore the danger if it is still within the environment. The two groups can clash over their opposing reactions to fear.
That last one was a stretch, so I think I’ll stop. What are everyone else’s thoughts on fear and our reactions to it?