Recognize Your Fears
Fear can be the result of a traumatic event or it can be something that has been ingrained in a person from a young age. There are thousands of different things, events, and scenarios that people can fear. But what is the cause of this fear and why do some things which bring about great anxiety and terror in some have absolutely no negative impact on other people?
It is an evolutionary response to be fearful of dangerous and threatening situations, but for many people fear goes beyond these extreme situations and can be experienced during everyday events, such as at work, in social situations and even at home. Ongoing fear that is not treated or recognized can lead to long term anxiety and other mental health problems.
There is “No Doubt” that childhood experiences have a lasting impact on our lives and negative experiences can make us forever fearful of repeating a particular scary situation or event. People who have no prior experience of being fearful of a particular stimuli are considerably less likely as adults to suddenly become fearful of it. One example of this is a fear of the dark, which most people overcome before their teenage years. Children, however, who have not been reassured by their parents that the dark is nothing to fear may never face the problem head on, even in their adult years and this can lead to ongoing problems.
What causes fear and anxiety and the symptoms of fear can vary among individuals. For some people, fear can bring about a state of near paralysis whereby physical movements are difficult or impossible. Other people experience quite the opposite, in that they may become aggressive and the “flight or fight” response may be induced. In many cases, fear results in a rush of adrenaline, which can last from just a few seconds to many minutes or even hours. Other signs include sweating, trembling, increase in heart rate, pupil dilation and skin conditions, like flushing and rashes.
The symptoms and causes of fears are complicated, but learning to recognize your own fears and how to not only deal with the symptoms, but also the exact cause will help you to ultimately overcome them for good.
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