View is a philosophy defining 130 factors that affect who you are. This is the
nineteenth article in a series presenting all 130 factors. Please refer to the
first article for a complete introduction to this
series. Today we will discuss Fears.
The majority of the population
experiences some sort of fear, which is in part necessary for survival and avoiding danger and harm.
Fears can be categorized into two basic types: (1) internal fears linked to negative emotions and stemming from low self-esteem or traumatic memories, and (2) fears linked to external sources and events such as spiders or loud noises. Fears of either type can register as low
or mild feelings of caution all the way up to escalated paranoia.
Common fears include snakes, heights, water, enclosed spaces, tunnels, bridges, social rejection, failure, taking exams, public speaking, flying, germs, intimacy, death, success, pain, terrorist attacks, and being alone. Some people are afraid of ghosts, while others fear the existence of evil. You may have fears that stem from past lives, karma, suppressed memories, guilt, or early childhood. Fear mostly arises in the face of the unknown.
When a fear becomes a deterrent in your life and limits your ability to grow, you must find ways of understanding and overcoming it. For example, fear of success or fear of spousal infidelity can lead to self-defeating behavior. Explore yourself deeply, consult professionals, or utilize therapies such as hypnotherapy to understand the roots of your fears. Once you identify the source of your fear, you will be able to release it and move