The (Only) 5 Fears We All Share
This is the fear of losing any part of our bodily structure or the thought of having our body's boundaries invaded.
Anxiety about animals, such as bugs, spiders, snakes, and other creepy things arises from fear of mutilation.
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The idea of no longer existing is more than just "fear of death". It arouses a primary existential anxiety in all normal humans.
The fear of heights or falling is basically the fear of extinction.
The fear of being immobilized, restricted, overwhelmed, entrapped, smothered, or otherwise controlled by circumstances beyond our control.
Fear of intimacy, or "fear of commitment," is basically fear of losing one's autonomy.
The fear of abandonment, rejection, loss of connectedness, unwanted, disrespected or devalued.
The "silent treatment," when imposed by a group, can have a devastating effect on its target.
The fear of humiliation, shame, or any other mechanism of profound self-disapproval.
The fear of failure or rejection can be read as fear of ego-death. Shame and guilt express the fear of separation and even ego-death. The same is true for embarrassment and humiliation.
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Human beings have five fears that are relatively common:
The global pandemic has surfaced a peculiar fear of not being able to communicate with one’s family and friends before our(sudden) death.
The fear of not being able to say goodbye, or to not be able to speak the parting words of love and forgiveness.
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Just because something feels scary, doesn’t mean it’s actually risky. Educate yourself about the facts and the risks you actually face by doing the things that scare you.
The key to facing your fears is to take one small step at a time. Going too fast or doing something too scary before you are ready can backfire.
Keep moving forward. A moderate amount of anxiety is good. Don’t wait to take a step forward until your anxiety disappears.
If you can’t actually do the thing that scares you to practice, you might use imagined exposure.
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It’s key to connecting with people to suspend your ego; to put your own needs, wants and opinions aside. Anxiety does the opposite bringing your feelings and expectations to the forefront.
Focus on the other person. Simply listen to what they have to say and ask them to tell you more.
Just because you feel it doesn’t make it real. Feelings come from beliefs. Change the beliefs and feelings will change.
Research and anecdotal evidence show that the simple act of positively reimagining something can be enough to decrease anxiety.
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