A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear. – Sophocles
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has said “When we are born, we are only born with two fears. As a baby they are the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.” The rest of our fears are accumulated by our surroundings, what may have been taught to us as a child and through experience of perceived failures.
Fear reactions may range from simple “hang-ups” to specific (or non-specific) fears which affect the activities or enjoyment of life, to full-blown phobias which may be part of serious mental illness. (Always work with a physician if mental illness is involved) Under certain circumstances or in specific situations virtually all people experience a variety of rational or irrational apprehensions. Fears seldom travel alone. One may be dominant, but usually several may be present.
Fears often emanate from trepidation of impending danger. Fear of loss of control is primitive, but also common, especially in phobia cases. Fear of fear itself can be debilitating.
Hypnotic suggestions can replace disquieted thoughts with truthful facts releasing existing conclusions. Exposing the causes may diminish anxieties and alleviate fearful thoughts, relieving distress.