The Allure of Fear Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat(Websters Dictionary).Fear is something that our lives have adapted to rarely use as our ancient predecessors have.In our day and age the concept of fear comes through the stress of work. We humans no longer fear a cold nor do we fear storms as our houses protect us and on average our life spans are longer as old in the Paleolithic was 33 while currently it is 71.5(Wikipedia Life Expectancy). Why then is our fear so extensive that it can make us freeze up? “The answer is our legacy of ancient fears, the result of having spent millions of years running from predators. Our fear response is more influenced by the ancient species we struggled to escape than any modern challenges.”(The evolutionary legacy of having been prey.By Rob Dunn) This is one of the statements about human life. If this is so how do we develop from terror to finding fear fun?
“The Gift Of Fear,” a psychology book written by Gavin De Becker, is an extremely useful and informative read. It gives valuable advice about how to act upon human intuition, how to recognize threats, and defines what real fear is and it’s purpose. I found the book to be extremely interesting. This book provided me with a sense of understanding on violence and fear and I feel much better prepared when it comes to recognizing dangerous situations.
Fear 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 is an element used by authors, screenwriters, playwrights, and artists for many centuries, but it is also something that has eluded explanation. It has long been known that fear affects the brain, and creators use this to make their works memorable, like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Fearful situations are sought after because people like the way their brain reacts.
"Oh what a life this is, why do we have to be born in the first place, and only so we can have our poor gentle flesh laid out to such impossible horrors as huge mountains and rock and empty space," (Kerouac The Dharma Bums, page 42-43.) This passage was
We were waiting in line, I was so scared. Dad said, “Go on the ride it will be fun.” Finally it was our turn when we got on the ride we started going up.¨Are you ready?¨”Dad said. I was not feeling great about doing this. When we hit the top we went straight down everyone was screaming. I was so scared but relieved I did it. The rest of the ride
I have this fear of heights. Ever since I was little I have always had this fear. At the environmental field trip (EFT) in Trinity Pines the zipline was around 200 feet from the ground and overlooked a valley of fallen trees and vast green sagebrush.
My fear of heights hasn’t bothered me and this far in 12 years of life it really hasn’t, but now it does. I go on rollercoasters, I do things with huge drops, and I love it. I only get scared when I feel insecure. Usually I put my foot up against the rollercoaster car or the seat in front of me to give me leverage. Not today, today there are no seats, just a cord. Keeping my attached and kept safe, not to be safe, but for my sanity.
As we made our way across the park to the ride that I was dreading to go on all I could think about was how tall it is. You could see the ride from anywhere in the park and the park is huge. And it didn’t help that i knew that it went ninety miles per hour. The ride was called Millennium Force. Finally we got to the ride and walked right on. As we rode up the three hundred foot hill and I had the lap bar so tight it hurt my legs and i couldn't move. At the drop, which was more than straight down, was very scary. But it didn’t last as long as I thought it would. The ride was about a minute and a half long, but it was so much fun that it felt like it was thirty seconds. After the ride we walked out and my parents and my aunt and uncle were waiting for us outside of the exit of the ride. We went and saw the pictures of the ride and in my picture I had a huge smile on my
Fear… Its inside of everyone, but not everyone knows what exactly it is until they encounter something that causes them to feel it. What is it exactly? A sign of weakness? A self-defense mechanism? I think it could go either way, but that is just a matter of opinion. Everyone has a fear of something. It could be something simple like clowns, or the dark, but it can also be something as extreme as death.
I have often wondered what it felt like knowing to overcome a fear of mine, till the day I did. It was a long dark night when I felt the urge to get up and leave the house. I got up and got dressed and left my house, driving in my car. I stopped to obtain a little gas right down the road from my house when I realized a person was standing right behind me, he was as large as the jolly green giant. My heart instantly started beating faster, I have never been more scared in my life. He looked and asked where Red Bud was. After I realized he was asking me where Red Bud was, I got in my car and started driving off. As I got back on the road, I started thinking to myself that it was in Alton and it was in the middle of nowhere, my heart started
1.Fear that keeps you from taking social risks and inhibits your liveliness Fear. Oh how I do not fear your. I have chosen to disregard you, to not let you run my life, or to let you guide my decisions. I am not talking about the rational fears, such
Everyone has experienced fear, it is a helpful mechanism that prepares us for dangerous situations. I am deathly afraid of heights and anything involving the chance I might fall. I can barley climb a ladder without sweating and shaking profusely. I went most of my life avoiding anything that has to do with heights. But recently an opportunity presented itself. My family and I took a trip to Toronto. As we were being the obvious tourists, we came across The CN Tower. This is Toronto’s tallest and most defining landmark. This stretches 1,815 feet in the sky, and yes I looked that up before entering this monstrous building. As you can imagine I was in panic mode. I couldn’t let my family miss out on this opportunity and deep down I wanted to overcome
When we got there, I was extremely scared. My father had put one of his hands on the handlebars and the other underneath the seat. After a little while my father asked, “Are you ready?”
Fear is the number one obstacle everyone must overcome at some point in their life. When the word fear is brought up I like to think of past situations that I experienced. There are many different methods used to conquer and learn from our fears such and exposure therapy, having a growth mindset, and thinking positive. For example, when I was younger fear was my worst enemy, School was the main reason that caused my fear. My fear of failure was my biggest obstacle growing up so I used that as a method to learn from my fears.