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Knowing About Fears

After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, treatment, and lifestyle are important.


Powerful - Primal Emotion of Fear

Fear is a very powerful, primal emotion, which is a reaction to perceived danger. Fear was a critical factor in keeping our ancestors alive as they had to stay alert due to so many different types of dangers. It can also keep us safe in this time of rising crime statistics.

Driving a car in a new, busy city can surely evoke these emotions very quickly. However, fear can be an individual reaction or even that of a collective group.

The emotional response is a highly individual response. Think about Halloween. It is a whole industry based on the fact that many people enjoy fear. They are not looking to be injured, but they like the thrill of being scared. Then, there are some people who are adrenaline junkies, which is a person involved in extreme sports as they thrive on the thrill.

Common Fears

People cope with fear on many levels in many different forms. Some of the common fearspeople experience involve:

  • Financial problems
  • Health fears
  • Work or boss problems
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Relationship problems
  • Dental appointments

This list could certainly be longer.


Physical Symptoms of Fear

The most prominent common symptoms of fear include:

  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady or lightheaded
  • Sweating
  • Choking sensation
  • Chest discomfort or a tightness in the chest
  • Pounding heart, palpitations or fast heart ate
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

There are actually two stages of fear. There is a biochemical response and an emotional response. The biochemical response is the “fight or flight” mechanism that is the evolutionary response, which prepares the body by the use of adrenalin. This is a survival response.

The emotional responses to fear are somewhat unique to each individual, based on their life experiences.

4 Ways To Overcome Anxiety

Loving Relationships

Many people wonder what is expected of them in a personal relationship with so many crazy things happening in the world today. They want to hang onto that dream of having a "soulmate" for a lifelong companion, and many relationships do not work out this way. Good relationships take a lot of work.

Trust is a major issue in a relationship, and it is one thing that can instantly destroy a relationship. You may be worried your mate is going to be unfaithful, or that you might say the wrong things causing anger?

No one can comfortably live their life worried about what might happen. It is an awful way to let fear control you. It is impossible to be happy and to have faith in the future if you are always worried about what MIGHT happen. Most of our worries do not happen. Live a day at a time as life is short.


Managing Fear and Stress

Worry and fear can stop you from fully realizing your dreams. If you are afraid you will not do well in college and therefore do not attend. Then, your dream job will never happen. Many people are afraid to speak up because they think they will look foolish or be embarrassed, and the end result is depression.

Fear can keep you in a place where you are not even taking on the smallest risk. Certainly, many people have legitimate fears regarding their finances, job security or over the way things are rapidly changing in our county.

Often fear comes from some instance that occurred in childhood. Then, by recognizing the root of this fear it is possible you can move forward without this fear as a problem.

Write down your experiences as it can be helpful. You can look back and see fears you have overcome, or if you start feeling that fear again, you can read exactly what you did the last time it was a problem.

If the fear is controlling you and the prior steps haven’t worked, then, the last step is to desensitize yourself to the fear. Make a plan to overcome the fear by taking baby steps toward your goal.

Sometimes direct confrontation of the fear is the way to move forward. Find someone you can trust. Sometimes things seem much more manageable when they are shared. Do not let anyone stand in your way toward meeting your new goals.

Of course, there is always professional counseling if your fears are interfering with the quality of your life on a daily basis. Psychologists, for instance, are safe people to talk to as they can not divulge anything you say to anyone else.

Overcoming Fear

In Conclusion

If you truly want to change and overcome worry and fear it is time to redefine yourself. By redefining yourself, you become willing to talk and write about your fears. Then, try new and different things.

Be willing to take a few risks. Every victory makes you a little bit stronger and more willing to break away from destructive thinking and actions of the past.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Pamela Oglesby

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