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?
Is Fear More Powerful than Reason and Intelligence? An analysis of fear in To Kill a Mockingbird Jake Portnoff ENG2D-2 Mr.Whitebread To Kill a Mockingbird - ISP People often fear what they don 't understand. Evolutionary psychology can be traced back millions of years, when fear helped keep man from peril. Avoiding the unknown created a sense of security. Consequently, since the beginning of mankind, our instincts have developed to be perilous of the familiar. Fear of the unknown causes people to become narrow-minded and ignorant of the unfamiliar, and how people behave when they believe something will happen even though there is no basis for their assumptions. This ideology directly correlates to Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the story, the townspeople are challenged by fear, which causes them to go against each other. The fear of change within the town associates with racism and causes the white majority to victimize a discerned black minority. The whites have developed such a strong stereotype amongst the blacks that they have become unmindful of what’s right. Boo Radley is one of the best examples of someone who is unfairly targeted because of Maycomb’s fear of the unknown. His problems with the law result in isolation within the Radley house, and because he refuses to leave his house, the townspeople are terrified and make accusations. During Tom Robinson’s trial, Atticus used logic, reason and intelligence, to prove Tom’s
This was Huxley’s worst fear for the future, a world where conformity causes all individuality to die off and become extinct. This is his reason for writing the book, Brave New World, to inform and warn people of the horrors that could be just around the corner if they continued on the path they were on. He wrote it as a satire regarding the increased consumerism of the roaring 1920’s in America, therefore “in the Brave New World, happiness means having everything under control” (Weber, 1), especially economic and government control. “In his satirical and sinister novel, warfare and poverty have been eliminated, but also family, culture, art, literature, science, religion, and philosophy. In their place, Soma, a powerful drug provided by the
The allure of fear is interesting for some people for several reasons. These people have another perspective of how they react when they see something scary or read it. They don’t react the same way as other people that don’t like scary things. Other people like to be scared. Some people motivate others by saying to them they are not so scary and everything that is happening there is not real, since they use fiction elements, like characters, details and scenarios. These scary elements have real details but also have scenarios that are not real, this means it is magical realism. This thought of liking scary things is a physiological problem. Scientist make an article showing proof that there is a big pole of people that like scary scenarios.
Paradoxes of the Culture of Fear Americans are addicted to many things. For instance, the populace is addicted to such things as violent spectacle and imagery. Another example is sensationalism. But one of the paradoxical ones is the addiction to fear. The populace is under constant fear of something bad happening
Is fear more powerful than reason? People often fear what they don 't understand. Evolutionary psychology can be traced back millions of years, when fear was helped keep man form peril. An aversion to the unknown was usually safer. Therefore, evolution culled for human traits that feared and avoided the unknown.
Dr. R.W. Rogers created the Protection Motivation Theory in 1975. He proposed this theory to explain the effects of fear and how they can affect behavior. Rogers explained that fear initiates a cognitive process where the person takes into account a threat appraisal and a response appraisal which results in an adaptive or maladaptive behavior. Much of his work was based on Richard Lazarus and Howard Leventhal’s work on how people cope with fear. Their work focused on fear reaction divided into two processes: danger control (threat appraisal) derived from environmental cues and fear control (coping appraisal) an internal process. Rogers created the first three constructs of PMT based on environmental cues. They are referred to as threat
Mohammad Al-Abdullah Professor Dail English 101 10 September 2016 When Fear Controls Your Life The path of life is not always smooth. There are ups and downs, sharp bends and unclear turns. Sometimes you are so bent on your reaching your destination that you blind yourself to other opportunities that life presents. This was my predicament before I joined college- an overzealous academician who was eager to conquer his dreams. Therefore, it came as a surprise when I learned that apart from attending classes, I would be expected to participate in at least one sport co-curricular activity. This was my father’s personal policy. He took it upon himself to ensure that all his children developed their athletic skills. I fought against this ideology. I told him that I did not have an athletic bone in my body. I even complained that adults are not supposed to be told what to do. I argued relentlessly. Needless to say, I lost miserably. “Co-curricular activities help in the development of the mind and body,” my father insisted-and took it upon himself to explain to a belligerent me. He even offered to go with me to college to meet my coach. “I do not need babysitting,” I said grudgingly. He then gave me a handbook and asked me to pick my sport. I knew I had lost the fight. The sports offered at my college included: soccer, basketball, hockey, badminton, cricket, rugby, volleyball, and swimming. After much thinking and critical analysis of each sport, I decided to settle for
Balyodh Bhangu Sociology 1010 26 September, 2017 Essay B1 Fearing the Good and Bad Fear is something that will always keep people up at night, whatever we do fear will always be there we can’t do anything about it, but we can choose what we want to fear. The article “Culture of Fear” by Barry Glassner focuses on the idea of fear, and it’s toll on society and culture of it’s inhabitants. Barry talks about the idea of how one event no matter how small can make us fearful inside. For example if one lives in New York and one see’s police brutality, he/she will always have a fear of cops. Barry also goes on to talk about stereotypes and how when something like an explosion or disaster happens we automatically think of Arabs. Another main
English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes believes that humans are naturally evil. We subconsciously surround ourselves with negativity and apply it into our daily lives. We lie to the people we are closest with and to the people we do not even know. Others take negativity further and commit atrocious acts like
Karen Thompson, in her TedTalk, “What Fear Can Teach Us”, said, “how we choose to read our fears can have a profound effect on our lives.” Specifically, fear has the ability of shape humans’ behaviors and decisions. This is seen
In the book Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe shows that through most of the part he shows that Okonkwo does not want to be anything like his father is . Okonkwo struggles with fear,showing weakness but that won’t stop him from being the brave person that he is . Okonkwo
Society reflects who we are as people. It reflects how we feel, act, and deal with our problems as a nation. I believe we have failed in society by spreading the ideas of hate and fear. These ideas have led to police brutality, the Black Lives Matter campaign, and segregation.