Fear is a terrible feeling. We’ve all experienced it. Everyone is likely to fear something. Children are often afraid of the dark or scary monsters. As we grow into adults we can develop fears of anything or anybody.
Fear is important as it gives us a response to physical and emotional danger but too often we fear things that are not life-threatening and then fear steals our time and energy.
Most of our problems are linked to fear. People are afraid of failure, being laughed at, being hurt, being poor, being lonely. People are afraid of spiders, snakes, mice, wild animals. I didn’t realize there were so many different types of fears. People suffer from an endless variety of phobias that seem very strange, but are also very real. Here are some unusual ones:
- Porphyrophobia – fear of the colour purple
- Chaetophobia – fear of hairy people
- Odontophobia – fear of teeth
- Dextrophobia – fear of objects on the right side of the body
- Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact
- Scopophobia – fear of being looked at
- Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
- Alektorophobia – fear of chickens
- Chionophobia – fear of snow
- Ergophobia – fear of work
- Mycrophobia – fear of small things
- Phobophobia – the fear of being afraid
The only way to get over your fear is to face them head-on, especially if they are causing problems in your life. When I was a child I had recurring dreams of drowning, so I developed a fear of water and I panicked whenever I went out in a boat or was swimming. I overcame this fear as an adult by taking swimming lessons – at first I was terrified, but now I am able to go into the water with a minimum of fear. I have other fears, like a fear of heights and fear of snakes but these are ones that don’t really stop me from living my life. If your fears are paralyzing or debilitating, you should seek professional help. Don’t keep running from your fears or stay in bondage for the rest of your life, get some help and learn how to become confident enough to face your fears.
Remember most of your fears are not real at all – they are just False Evidence Appearing Real! Don’t let your fears control your life!
Some quotes about fear……..
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Unknown
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. ~Andre Gide
Fear cannot take what you do not give it. ~Christopher Coan
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. ~German Proverb
He who fears something gives it power over him. ~Moorish Proverb