Most people are fearful of something. It can be as broad as the fear of death, fear of failure, or even as specific as a fear of a particular creepy-crawly. There are some fears that are phobias caused by past traumatic events, such as claustrophobia.
Fear is a common and unpleasant emotion that we all face and have to live with. In general, we have learned to live with our fears, and these fears do not severely impact our lives. This doesn’t mean that fear doesn’t have any power or effect over us.
Fear of failure is a common concern for people, with as many as 31% of adults admitting to this. This is a higher number than even fear of the supernatural. It is easy to see why this might be a common fear. Failing tends to have a very negative impact on people’s finances, plans, hopes and goals, and may reduce people’s quality of life.
There are other fears that don’t seem to make much sense or have an utilitarian purpose outside of inducing the emotion itself. Many phobias, on the face, seems to be pointless. However, the effects of the fear are real. People with phobias can have drastically different routines from people who don’t. They may have much higher mental and emotional considerations to make in order to avoid the object of their fears.
It’s not just the more exceptional cases of fear that can impact our lives. Even the most pedestrian and common fears can drastically affect our decision making and potentially affect our quality of life. We may make purchasing and consumption decisions based on our fears. It may affect how we interact with people. It may affect who we get to know and who we avoid, or what kind of jobs we will take or not.
Fear is also generally quite an unpleasant emotion. Over a prolonged period of time, fear can cause severe and persistent anxiety, which can reduce quality of rest and sleep. It will eventually negatively affect your mood and influence how you see the world and your place in it. In some cases, this can lead to general pessemism and make you very unhappy with yourself, your situation, and your place in the world.
For the most part, it’s easy to wave off the effects of our fears as they don’t seem to impact our lives outside of emergency conditions. When looked at in the long run, we can see that unaddressed fear can dictate and control the direction of our lives.
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