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What Is Fear? (Part 1 on Fear, Anxiety, and Stress)

September 25, 2013

Here’s a new video on the question: what is fear?  This is the beginning of a new series I am doing on fear, anxiety, and stress.  Many people respond to the question (what is fear?) by saying, “Isn’t fear emotion?”  Yes, you are right, fear is emotion. But sadness, anger, and happiness are also emotions.  So then, what is the difference between fear and other emotions?  One of the best ways to look at the purpose of fear is to look at patterns of experiences in our lives.  What is the purpose when we fear things like spiders, heights, accidents, relationships, etc.?  An example I use to explain the purpose of fear is crossing a bear in the forest.  What would you do?  I might run, climb a tree, make noise, whatever I needed to do.  Why?  Because I want to be safe!  So, the purpose of fear is protection from harm.  How about in situations where there is no physical harm, like relationships?  In that case, we desire protection from emotional harm (or sadness).  Knowing that fear is about protection, start looking at your beliefs connected to fear, and look at fear in other peoples’ lives.  (We can all learn a lot from the people around us.)  Stay tuned for part 2: How to Overcome Fear.

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