In this week’s episode, we look at fear both as a vital response and how fear can hinder us. I came across a Psychology Today article that read fear is part instinct, part learned, part taught. Some fears are instinctive: Pain, for example, causes fear because of its implications for survival. Other fears are learned: We learn to be afraid of certain people, places, or situations because of negative associations and past experiences. A near-drowning incident, for example, may cause fear each time one gets close to a body of water. Other fears are taught: Cultural norms often dictate whether something should be feared or not.Eliminating fear would be the equivalent of taking down your home alarm system because it sometimes makes loud and irritating sounds. Fear can be helpful and necessary in certain situations, but what happens when fear holds us back from living life on our terms? Fear can be uncomfortable and crippling. At least 60 per cent of adults admit to having at least one unreasonable fear, although research to date is not clear on why these fears manifest. To read more or listen via the Podcast click here.
Written by Carmen Debono