What is Fear and How to Overcome It

What is F.E.A.R.?

False Evidence Appearing Real

Where does Fear come from?

Did you know that we are born with only two fears that are part of our DNA – fear of falling and of loud noises. These two fears are incorporated in the human DNA and have become a mechanism for survival which is passed to new generations. The single aim of these inborn fears is to keep humans alive and motivated in order to avoid potential dangers.

All other fears are learned patterns.

In the most recent issue of the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Previous research has shown how people develop fears after the first-hand experience of an aversive event— getting stung by a bee or being burned by a hot pan. In acquiring these fears, a process is known as fear conditioning, the brain’s amygdala plays a critical role. It turns out the brain areas that respond when fear is learned through personal experience are also triggered when we see someone else afraid.

Although fear...

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