Essentially, fear is part of your 'freeze, fight or flight' response. This is a natural survival mechanism that has the function of preparing you to either avoid or to effectively confront a given danger. In a moment of crisis, adrenalin will rush through your system, helping you to think more clearly and act more quickly and decisively. This response might have been of particular use to your hunter/gatherer ancestors who would have shared their somewhat uncertain world with large predatory animals and some quite aggressive cavemen. read more ...
Anxiety is a normal response to an uncertain situation that is not easy to resolve. Although anxiety may well serve to help you prepare for a troublesome period or event (such as the losing of your job, divorce or a shortage of money) it can just as easily highjack the normal day-to-day functioning of your life, making you less able to deal effectively with that looming crisis. Added to this, when you are more stressed than normal, your unconscious mind is prone to interpret even mild feelings of foreboding as a warning that something really bad is about to happen. read more ...
Because we are unable to reliably see into the future, we do not know exactly what it will hold for us. Some people seem able to accept this reality and so take things in their stride, while others find it more difficult to deal with. For this reason, the way we respond to uncertainly has been likened to an allergy, with only a percentage of people having a strong negative reaction. Either way, uncertainty will remain an unavoidable part of our day-to-day life. read more ...
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Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950), "Outline of Intellectual Rubbish"
British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 - 1970)