Fear-Definition Paper

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Heart pounding, heavy breathing, and pale skin are all triggered by what is known as fear. But what is fear, really? Is it simply just being afraid? Are there things that should be feared? Can a person control fear? These questions can be thought-provoking at best but they all lead to the same answer. Fear is what overcomes the mind when a person is put into a situation they don't know how to handle.
Fear can be expressed in many ways, such as crying, screaming, sweating, silence, running, hiding, and much more. Fear is like that moment of not knowing what is going to happen. Certain situations call for different actions. For example, a young woman is sitting at home watching tv when all of a sudden the back door crashes
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As she is checking out, she notices that one man in line has something sticking out of his coat pocket. As she looks closer, she realizes it's a gun and immediately begins to breath heavy. The man with the gun is just an undercover cop picking some things up. When the woman realizes this, she begins to calm down. Her expression of fear was breathing heavy. Just the sight of a gun, lets the fear set in and take over. For her it brings up bad memories of the past. Coping with fear is a hard thing to do, but it is the only thing some people can do.
While coping is an option, some people try to face their fears. Can someone overcome a fear, if said fear has not been experienced? If a man has a fear of skydiving, but has never actually done it, can he truly fear it? Other factors can play a role, such as if the man is afraid of heights due to a bad experience or if the man has asthma. If the man has a fear of heights, then it would be assumed that he would have a fear of skydiving. But if the man just feared skydiving by itself, would he face his fear by skydiving? Yes, he would. To overcome a fear doesn't always mean it has to be experienced. The man could of witnessed another guy fall to his death from skydiving and now fear death. Everyone experiences fear at one point in their life. The experiences may vary greatly, but fear is still outcome. Without fear boundaries would not matter. What is stopping a person from robbing a bank? Fear.
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