Fear is one of the most primitive types of human emotions. Early man was afraid of sun, moon, stars and several other natural objects. With the passage of time, he learned that nature is not something to be afraid of but it is useful for us in many ways. Still, some natural processes are the cause of fear to human race including natural disasters. People may develop particular fears as a result of learning. This has been studied in psychology as “fear conditioning”. It can be learned by encountering or witnessing a terrifying traumatic mishap or it may be cultural or historic. Although, fear is a learned behavior, humans have different capacities for fear.
Most common types of fear include terrorist attacks, spiders, death, being a failure, war, criminal or gang violence, being alone, the future, and nuclear war. Fear may be rational or irrational. Many psychological changes in the behavior indicate the presence of fear. These may induce “fight or flight” response.
Certain evolutionary developments in human societies are considered to be the result of some sort of fear. Human started living in communities because they were afraid of living alone. Fear of death ritualized the living standards of the ancient humans. Religion filled human lives with the fears that were not only metaphysical but also moral. Death is seen as a boundary to another world and that world will depend on how we live in this world. This intangible fear has a great impact on human morality. Fear of God has been described in almost all religions. For good people, the fear of God is holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subject of it to hate and shun everything that can offend such a holy being and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins. –Charles Stanley
There is no fear in anything. It is only the mind of people where it resides and it is human himself who is strong enough to get rid of his fears. Only he can defeat what is inside him. There is nothing to be feared in this world of God.
True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.- Paul Sweeney
By: Aimon Tanvir Malghani