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Little Known Secrets About Fear

June 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Fear is an emotion that seems to cause human beings massive problems by limiting their perceptions and robbing them of the ability to act in their own best interests.

Fear as an emotion is not something that you can wish away or think away principally because it comes from the part of your brain that is primarily concerned with your survival.

The purpose of that instinct is not to keep you alive and happy or alive and fulfilled but simply to keep you ALIVE.

Little known secrets about fear - instincts out of control.

Most of the trouble that mankind faces is caused by instincts that are out of control. When the fear instinct is thus out of joint, the suffer lives in constant dread and anxiety. Alternatively when the fear instinct is working exactly as it should, it serves only to protect you from danger and threat, thus giving you an inner sense of security.

Of course when you are overwhelmed by feelings of fear, it is difficult, if not impossible, to recognize that what you are experiencing is an instinct that is out of control and is exaggerating the sense of danger or threat.

Gaining insight into your fear response and having access to other options is a very good way to recover from exaggerated fear or what some people call panic.

Normally an exaggerated fear response is the result of an earlier trauma. In simple terms, the more threatened we feel the more the fear response kicks in to motivate us to either flight or fight thus helping us to survive. This is perfectly normal but becomes a problem when we remain in the intense fear response long after the threat has passed. Just like post traumatic stress disorder, where the stress lingers long after the original trauma has passed.

In the case of an out of control fear response, the sufferer becomes very sensitive to even the slightest reminder of the original threat. Additionally they even suffer the fear response when even thinking about the possibility of the danger re-occurring.This is known in medical circles as a phobic response and can seriously limit the sufferer's life and cause lasting chronic misery.

When problems like this exist in the mind, the symptoms need to be treated first to allow recovery to develop. This is commonly known as the spiritual approach because the problem is seen as a spiritual malady. The spiritual malady happens when the great natural assets, the instincts, have become a liability.

Little known secrets about fear - courage

The answer to this dilemma is to act in defiance of the instinct. This is called having courage. Courage is not the absence of fear but to be able to act in spite of it. This action educates the instinct enabling it to see that the threat has indeed passed. When this is done with persistence then experience shows that the instinct will operate appropriately and not be the cause of chronic anxiety.

To act in defiance of the out of control fear instinct requires great willingness at the start but after a persistent trial the instinct loses its power to overwhelm.

Courage is not something that you need large doses of at the start. Any attempt to practise courage makes a difference to the fear instinct, and teaches it little by little that the original danger has passed.

This is known as spiritual progress and leads in time to a full recovery. The only question is, 'when do you make a beginning'?

Gerry Savage has written extensively on the subject of personal growth. His articles show in an easy to understand way, how to change unwanted habits and thus enjoy your life better, by creating the lifestyle you desire rather than living your life subject to outer circumstances. It is easy to change your life when you understand and apply simple skills. The old adage,'the truth will set you free', is exactly the way to change. But this requires that you correctly understand what it is within yourself that is holding you back. It is usually what our old habits are doing FOR us rather than to us that makes them so difficult to change. Getting honest about this will makes personal freedom much easier to attain.

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