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Fear is an aspect of the human nature that helps people cope with threats or danger.
Traditionally fear is a negative emotion, that serves an important role in keeping us safe. It can also keep us feeling trapped, and prevent us from doing things we’d like to.
Have you found yourself being anxious, doubtful, and indecisive when faced with a task or a situation that you’ve never experienced before? In these moments feelings of self doubt, impatience, and anxiety begin to overwhelm you. As a result, the uncertainty that comes with not knowing what the outcome will be, begins to rise within.
Each and everyone of us experiences fear, and it is a normal human emotion.
However, in moments where fear cripples you, and stops you from attempting to do tasks that are challenging, or confront situations that challenge you and bring discomfort. It is time to bring in the light of knowledge in the face of the unknown.
WE FEAR WHAT WE DO NOT UNDERSTANDDan Brown
The truth is that many people are trapped in a prison of fear because of uncertainty. It‘s a natural instinct of humans to stay away from dangers and seek for safety. This instinct should be guided by knowledge, not the inherent fears, and discomforts of people.
Fear is like a shadow, because you don’t know what it is you fear, and when the lights of knowledge switch on you grow in confidence.
SIGNS THAT SHOW ONE FEARS WHAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND
- Negative Thinking
- Lacking belief that obstacles can make one grow
- Low confidence or self esteem
- Keeps away from learning something new
- Living in comfort, and avoiding risks
People fear what they don’t understand because it can hurt them. People fear vulnerability and choose comfort instead.
Fear also arises from lack of knowledge and ignorance. The key to overcoming the fear of not understanding is an open mind.
WHY PEOPLE FEAR WHAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND
Low Confidence or Self Esteem
A common challenge in many areas of life is having low levels of confidence. Low self-esteem makes one feel incompetent and inadequate. Such people are afraid of making mistakes or disappointing others.
Lack of confidence is one of the main reasons people fear new challenges. Some people have the mentality of “I am not good enough”.
For example, people who have never driven a car or a motorcycle or done any new skill are very anxious the first time they do so. Higher levels of confidence may help reduce anxiety and improve performance.
It is very easy to come to the conclusion that certain experiences are not worth it because of your own bad experiences or the experiences of others. When we look at life experiences through the lens of fear, and pain we deprive and deny ourselves the opportunity to have great life experiences through the lens of knowledge and freedom.
With ignorance people simply reject what they don’t understand. They don’t even bother, or give it an opportunity.
It is very easy to judge the mistakes of other professionals. Most of us fear surgery. It is a very complicated procedure. But there are some who blame surgeons, anesthesiologists, general practitioners, and other medical practitioners, unaware of the years, sweat, and tears it takes to acquire such expertise.
Ignorance is simply a choice to stay blind and try to avoid a fear at all costs.delightfulmindset.com
The first university, job, relationship, real estate purchase, and business might be intimidating and we might be fearful as a result. Yet, the more experience we acquire, the more familiar we get with the environment.
The less experience people have on a certain subject, the more fears and doubts they have.
The more experience we obtain, the more knowledgeable we get.
When we begin to have faith in ourselves more, we have less uncertainty in our fears. Having a firm belief that you can accomplish something you’ve never done before is a powerful tool in silencing fear and building high self esteem
On hearing the word “fear” some people might relate it with pain and other negative thoughts. Dwelling on negativity in moments when you don’t understand fuels fear, self doubt, and unbelief.
Identifying negative thought patterns is a healthy step in redirecting the mind to make a positive mental shift
OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF NOT UNDERSTANDING
SEEK OUT INSPIRATION
Recognise your fear
Identify groups that share the same fear and how people managed to overcome them. You can find very specific ideas related to your fear.
This will also give you some comfort and someone to relate with about your fears. It makes people feel better that they’re not alone.
EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR FEAR
To overcome any fear that one results from a lack of understanding. It can be helpful to enlighten yourself about your fear.
You can ask yourself?
What’s the worst that can happen?
How will my life change after I overcome the fear?
Think about whether it’s really worth facing your fear. Perhaps it was enough for you just to understand and have a better grasp of the fear, which is fine too. Sometimes easing your mind can ease stress and face the fear with more self assurance.
Anne Rita Kiconco
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