Today I want to discuss fear. Irrational fears, fears that come from the depths hidden beneath and inside us and fears that are actually something to be concerned about.
Fear is defined as an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible
Did you know you can even be conditioned to fear things? Or that the absence of fear is almost as bad as fear itself.
Fear can be triggered by traumas in our past or a legitimate threat; fear can stop you from walking into a dangerous situation or stop you from taking a chance that may be good for you.
Afraid, scared, dread, apprehension, frightened, uneasy… all great words for fear
There are five basic types of fear that all other fear is created from.
Extinction- fear of death or ceasing to exist…That feeling most people get when looking down from the top of a cliff or thinking about getting old.
Mutilation- fear of losing a body part or having your body invaded or having a part of your body not work right. This is where one sees fear of things like animals and bugs.
Separation- fear of rejection, abandonment, being not wanted or not respected.
Loss of Autonomy- fear of being paralyzed, restricted, over whelmed, trapped or even smothered, whether physically , mentally or socially.
Ego-death- fear of humiliation, shame and disapproval. You know things that will lose you love and worthiness.
Those fears can be sorted into three additional categories:
Usually caused by a specific event in your past. This is when someone fears something specific like driving, bugs or black cats crossing their path. It is only triggered under specific instances when you encounter what it is that frightens you. Because of the trigger, these fears are easily recognized.
Most of these fears are caused by some traumatic event in the past. For instance, if you got bit by a dog at a young age, you might develop a phobia about them. Your experience taught you to avoid them.
Like external fears, these fears are also triggered by events outside of you. However, internal fears are not specific to any circumstance and are due to internal emotions. This can make these fears difficult to recognize. Internal fears manifest as fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, lack of self worth and doubt.
I am afraid of quite a few things. I have been afraid of the dark since I was a little girl. I am afraid of being abandoned, of being cheated on, ghosts, being alone and of rejection. I am afraid of spiders unless they are easily squished and disposed of.
I have gotten over fears. I used to be afraid of needles and pain. Not so much anymore. When my first daughter was born I got poked by so many needles now I don’t give a shit and actually enjoy watching them take my blood. And after having my daughter without the epidural now pain doesn’t bother me as much.
Oh and for some humor…Here are some weird/interesting fears…Do you have them?
Acerophobia- Fear of sourness (No sour patch kids for you)
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. ( Two words: Mr. Ed)
Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman.
Blennophobia- Fear of slime.
Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks.
Coulrophobia- fear of clowns
Disposophobia- fear of throwing things away. (Have you ever WATCHED Hoarders?)
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.
Ergophobia- fear of working (I have this!!!)
Eosophobia- Fear of dawn or daylight. (Vampires must have this)
Genuphobia- Fear of knees.
Helminthophobia- Fear of being infested with worms. (Like Polonius)
Ithyphallophobia- Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis. (I know a few people who have this)
Kathisophobia- Fear of sitting down.
Lutraphobia- Fear of otters.
Nyctophobia- Fear of the dark or of night. (I have this)
Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
Pupaphobia - Fear of puppets. (Puppets ARE creep)
Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
Sciophobia - Fear of shadows.
Textophobia- Fear of certain fabrics.
Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft ( I most certainly do NOT have this)
Xyrophobia-Fear of razors.
Zeusophobia- Fear of God or gods. (Yeah well if all Gods are like the Greek Gods you SHOULD be afraid)
3 Types of Fear