| ||Your fears!|
of us are afraid of at least one thing. Fear is a basic emotion
that is usually expressed whenever we feel that we're at risk of being
in danger, regardless of whether or not we are actually in
danger. Just the thought of danger is usually enough to induce
fear! But having fears is considered to be a normal part of human
development. Being afraid of things can be seen as a good thing -
it develops a sense of caution. But instead, it is often seen as
something that is difficult to control. It usually increases
during times of great stress and can become so overwhelming that
concentration on other things may become impossible. And it
doesn't really help to know that the media is a major contributor to
the things that we fear.
Being afraid of something isn't exactly
innate. Fear, for the most part, is learned. For instance,
not a single person is born with the fear of being eaten alive by
sharks. In fact, there is hardly any need to be scared of sharks
when you consider that only about 30 people are killed every year by
them! Likewise, nobody is born with the fear of drowning, social
rejection, being killed in an automobile accident, and losing their
jobs among other things. Such fears are usually just the figments
of our own imagination.
Wouldn't you be afraid if this were real?
fears will sometimes diminish with age. When you were little,
some of the things that you may have been afraid of were being in the
dark, monsters hiding in the closet, loud noises, etc. But as you
got older, you became more familiar with your surroundings. No
longer are you afraid of monsters coming out at night to eat you for a
midnight snack! Many of our fears are actually caused by things
that are unfamiliar to us.
How to overcome your fears? We
know that fear is vital for survival, but it is also responsible for
anxiety attacks that can overwhelm us. Not being able to control
our fears can breed negative results. In order to overcome our
fears, you have to learn more about the things that you are afraid
of. You may even learn that the danger isn't as bad as it seems.
Both children and adults alike are deadly afraid of dentists...
following is a list of the most common things that adults are afraid
of: public speaking, getting obese, being alone at night, going to the dentist,
natural death, spiders and insects, swimming in the ocean, being in
high places, flying in planes, being in a crowd of people, being in the dark,
and Friday the 13th! Now isn't that just scary? Children
aren't the only ones who are afraid of dentists. Many adults are
more afraid of having to see a dentist than spiders! It's also
surprising to note that there are a good number of adults who are still
afraid of the dark. And you've probably heard from somewhere that
most adults would rather die than to give a speech to the public, and
this is with good reason. Being ridiculed in front of many people
is likely to be the greatest fear that most people have. This is
a good example of being afraid of things that aren't familiar to
Some more facts about fear:1 out of 5 Americans are afraid of being in a crowded place.For women, snakes are the top fear. For men, being buried alive is the top fear.Most fears are brought by experiences during the first 3 years of life.Approximately 10% of people seek professional help for their fears.
What are you afraid of?
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