Widely accepted but incomplete General Definition of Fear:
- a distressing emotion aroused by a perception of impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
- a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights, and a tendency to over-react in these contexts.
- concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone's safety.
- reverential awe, esp. toward a Supreme Consciousness.
- that which causes a feeling of being afraid; that of which a person is afraid: Cancer is a common fear.
–verb (used with object)
- to regard with fear; be afraid of.
- to have reverential awe of.
- Archaic. to experience fear in (oneself).
–verb (used without object)
- to have fear; be afraid.
Brian Germain’s Expanded Definition of Fear:
- the escalated state of mind and body that occurs when perceived ability is outweighed by perceived risk
- physiological arousal resulting from negative thinking (visualizing undesired possible futures)
- also known as “Generalized Adaptation Syndrome”, the culmination of prolonged “Stress”, defined by Hanse Selye as three distinct stages: “Alarm, Resistance, and Exhaustion”
- the subjective experience of the basic behavioral survival mechanisms shared by all living things, divided into three distinct categories of response: “Fight (attack), Flight (escape), and Freeze (hide)”
- the way in which bad things happen.
- the alternative to having a good time.
*Examples of Common Fears*
speaking in public, heights, dying, the dark, people of other races or culture, violence, not being liked, being alone, silence, looking stupid or incompetent, getting lost, running out of money, losing one's job, speaking in public, emotional vulnerability, sickness, new people, dentists, having children, dogs, spiders, snakes, sharks, rodents, bats, insects, darkness, tornados, hurricanes, thunder, closed spaces, needles, suffocation, commitment, crowds, intimacy, driving, flying, trains, other cultures, looking under the bed at night, judgment, failure, success, bills, love, eye contact, being different, rejection, speaking one's mind, change, bridges, tunnels, water, public transportation, storms, debt, money, abandonment, clowns, falling, germs, doctors, being touched, speaking to attractive people, thunder, lightning, pain, getting pregnant, marriage, eternal damnation, terrorists, government, war, airport security checkpoints, singing, dancing, laughing, novelty, and so on, and so on…
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