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Ponderings - Fears

What is fear? What causes it? And why do some people seem fearless, seeking out horror flicks, thrill rides, and extreme sports, whereas other people avoid things that trigger any fear reaction? What can people do to conquer fears?

A fear reaction happens whenever we sense danger or when we're confronted with something new or unknown that seems potentially dangerous. Fear can be brief - like the startled reaction you have if a balloon unexpectedly pops or if you are surprised by something you didn't expect. This is often over in seconds, as soon as the brain gets enough data to realize there's no danger. If the brain doesn't receive the "all clear" signal, fear can last longer and feel more intense.

So what is a topic like "FEAR" doing in a post on REFRESH?

Most people tend to avoid the things they feel afraid of. There are, of course, exceptions. Some people seek out the thrill of extreme sports because the rush of fear can be exciting. We all experience fear slightly differently and with more or less intensity. Some people even like it and find it exciting.

Has there been a time when any of you have felt extreme fear, act on it and embrace it then realised, "Ive just overcome my fear" and felt a sense of relief afterwards?

I get motion sickness, so much so I find it difficult even going on a swing. Although I dont fear having a "pendulum effect" screwing up my balance, heights and a type of vertigo instills a fear. I am fine if Im 50 meters up high but as soon as I begin to move...goodnight the fox. I loose all speech cohesive, dry throat, sweaty hands etc etc..

I climbed a perfectly good wall in a harness on the weekend. Yes, I got to the top of each wall on most occasions and slowly my fear of being at the top then having to lean backward and "entrust" that the rope would keep me safe, lessened.

YAY for me? Id like to think so...one fear down...5 more to go.
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