Updated: May 12
What is FEAR? If you are listening to motivational speakers, FEAR is
According to Wikipedia, Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or Threat, which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavioral changes, such as mounting an aggressive response or fleeing the Threat.
If we did not have fear, we wouldn't be able to protect ourselves or our families from real threats.
However, many fears that most of us have, such as public speaking, elevators, spiders, and planes, are called irrational fear or phobia.
What fear might you have that could be holding you back from doing certain things?
I want to talk about irrational fear and how it affects the body.
Have you ever had your phone ring and suddenly you fear that you'll receive bad news if you answer it, only to find that your spouse wants you to pick up something for dinner.
Maybe your boss tells you to come to the office after work, "we need to talk," and you feel sick to your stomach all day fearing that you'll be terminated. At the end of the day, your boss explains the new promotion that you start next week.
How does the fear you place on yourself affect you?
Remember the start of this article? I mention False Evidence Appearing Real? Well, it's a thang!
Did you know that 60% of adults admit to having unreasonable fear, and researchers cannot identify why the fears exist.
Unreasonable fear causes many things to happen to your body.
It works by accelerating the breathing rate, heart rate, vasoconstriction of the peripheral blood vessels, blood pooling, increasing muscle tension, sweating, increased blood glucose, increased serum, calcium, and white blood cells—all these plus ulcers. You just put your body through hell only to find that the fear you had didn't exist.
If you tend to live in this state of mind, it's been proven that it causes mental instability in the long term. How do you face our fears and know what is worth fearing and what isn't?
Join me next week to learn six ways to handle your fear.