I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Do you like scary movies? That’s a type of fear that’s manageable. You know that nothing bad is going to happen to you. The fears we avoid are those that we believe are very real dangers. We experience unpleasant emotions because we think a person, circumstance, or something else somehow threatens us.
Our fear response is sometimes appropriate and sometimes not, and it is different for all of us. Whether you face what frightens you or turn and run, you might be interested to know the following four aspects of fear that most people aren’t aware of.
1 – You Get Some Fears from Your Family Tree
Your response to a fearful situation is much like it was for your earliest ancestors. It’s because emotions can be passed through genetics. That’s the case with fear.
Your height, eye color, and other physical attributes were passed down to you by your parents, grandparents, and other ancestors. The same is true with some of your fears. So if you have a particular fear you wish you didn’t have to battle, blame your family tree.
2 – Love Can Help You Get over Your Fears
Love is powerful. We think of love as an emotion, but when we experience it, physical things happen. Oxytocin is one feel-good chemical that your brain produces when you are in a loving environment. This can help you overcome fears and effectively deal with traumatic experiences. Spend more time around the people that make you feel loved, and you’ll experience fewer fears.
3 – You Really Can Be Scared to Death
This very rarely occurs, but it does happen. Extreme fear can trigger an overproduction of adrenaline and calcium, which can cause a significant drop in blood pressure. A person may become unconscious and ultimately pay the ultimate price for being frightened.
4 – You Can Actually Smell Fear
Psychological Science published a study in 2012 that shows humans can smell fear in other people. You can also smell disgust on another person because of the sweat they produce.
Researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands discovered that we can smell fear in other humans and that fear is often contagious. If we’re not careful, our noses can have us adopting the fear generated by somebody else, even if we don’t know why we feel that way.
Dealing with your fears is important. Problems that are ignored don’t go away. In some cases, they become worse. Knowing more about fear might remove some of its mystery and allow you to overcome any frightful feelings holding you back.
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