What is Fear?
Fear is an emotional state of mind. It is activated when we perceive danger or threats in our environment. Fear is the main cause of Amygdala Hijack and FFF activation. It affects both the mind and body at the same time. The most important thing to note is that fear is a very normal thing for us to experience. Having a moment of fear, should remind you that your mind & body are working in the correct way. However Fear is also something that we can identify, perceive differently and take action to relieve, when the fear in the moment is unnecessary.
Innate Fear is something which is programmed into all humans. (Examples include wild animals, heights and obvious dangers to our physical well-being).
Learned Fear is something that we learn through negative reinforcement. When we are witness to, or involved in a situation which caused us or others harm or fear, then our mind will remember these situations and work to protect us from these moments in the future.
A Phobia is an excessive or irrational fear that we have, which may cause overwhelm or panic. It can be something we inherited genetically or learn from experiences.
Other ways Fear can present itself to us internally.
- Continuously thinking about difficulties.
- Over focusing on negative events from the past.
- Being completely engrossed with an issue, that we just can’t get out of our head.
- Imagining problems that may possibly occur in the future.
Of course, we will all spend time thinking about life’s problems and challenges. However, you can also choose to look at these perceived challenges as opportunities. If you can find solutions to your problems and put them straight into action, those actions can even empower you. For most people, once their problem has been solved, they will have learned and they can move straight on from it. That means their worry was only limited to the duration of the problem.
‘’ In my life, having something like a long-term health condition is very much a current issue for me and other people who have them. This may or may not change. For the moment, my condition is not curable, but I learned through my experiences, that even if I have any miss step or illness… I immediately start taking actions, no matter how big or small they may seem to others, to keep me on track and moving forward. This keeps me optimistic ’’
” I try to live in the now as much as possible, but I also use goals and positive thoughts of the future to motivate me and keep me on track in the present ”
I read a book once by a man called Victor Frankl. His book is called ‘’Man’s search for meaning’’. In it, he documents his time in the Nazi Death Camps. His story showed that even when we cannot avoid suffering, we can choose how we deal with it. Frankl used thoughts of having a future, to keep himself motivated and alive while people around him gave up on life and succumbed to illness and injury. In it, Victor states that people may even find their meaning through their suffering. By doing this, it helps them to move forward with a renewed purpose in life. Frankl used his learning to create his own school of Psychology called Logotherapy.
‘’Use Mindful Photography as a tool to explore yourself’’
Try not to spend too much time overthinking or only thinking about your issues. Choose to focus your thought energy in positive places. Use the tools we have provided you to aid you in your new thinking process and even more will follow later in the program.
All of these exercises are to help us to be more conscious and use our conscious mind. They also work to move us away from our limbic and reptilian brains, which are looking for problems and always trying to keep us safe. A more productive place to be, is in our pre frontal brain. Our pre frontal brain is our super computer and is much more adaptive than these other areas. It is our emotional regulator and we use it to help us reason and solve complex problems. It is also associated with our awareness, concentration and decision making.
Our pre frontal brain is a marvel of human evolution. It is what separates us from all other living creatures on the planet. Although some other animals have it. None of them have it as disproportionally large as we do.
A new way of thinking can and will lead you to more positive and productive results. If you have ever heard of something called the law of attraction, then you could say that by focusing on your positives, you are attracting positive outcomes into your life. We’ll look at The Law of Attraction later in this lesson. Next up is Worry.
Worry is defined as a reason or cause, to feel anxious or troubled about immediate or potential problems. Below are a few things to know about worry.
- Worry is a natural thought occurrence in your mind.
- Everyone has worries.
- Worrying is perfectly ok once it doesn’t become out of control or unmanageable.
- Worries may be opportunities. Think of your worries as opportunities to grow as a person.
- Dealing with worry in an appropriate manner is a character-building exercise.
Worry can become an issue when we find ourselves worrying about many different things at once. If this is happening to you and you cannot see any type of solutions, actions or opportunities to learn, then these types of worries can become a lot more difficult to dismiss and can lead us to even more worries.
- When worry becomes excessive and a person cannot move on from it. It can become unhealthy and dwelling on issues leads to distress. See the Circle of distress above.
- When this happens, our worries are internalised and they just cause us to have more worries. These excessive worries can even cause our body to enter a state which is called dis-ease. This state can lead to many health problems.
- Mindography is designed to help you achieve the circle of calmness. Use the Core Features in these moments of your life.
False Positives about Worry
- Worry motivates me – This is not always a healthy type of motivation. It can be extremely distracting and possibly dangerous.
- Worry prepares me for the worst – You don’t need to prepare for something that may never happen.
- Worry helps me see bad things that could happen and maybe I can prevent them – Unfortunately, unless you are psychic then nobody really knows what is going to happen in life.
- If I avoid situations that could stress me, then I won’t have to worry about them – You could also miss out on so many fantastic opportunities which are presenting themselves to you constantly.
‘’I was someone who was guilty of the latter point quite a lot. I avoided stress, just so I wouldn’t have to worry. I used to tell myself that I was just making myself happy. What I learned as I grew older, is that some worries are completely unavoidable and some of these are even perfectly ok, if you can take action towards relieving them in a productive manner. I learned that staying in my comfort zone is not always the best place to stay’’
When approaching a situation that you think may cause you worry. Try using Logical or Conscious thinking. This can eliminate most of your worries very quickly. Most worries are completely illogical and are often stories we are creating in our mind by imagining things that are not really facts. This is actually a normal thought occurrence of our mind to keep us safe.
Make Your Camera A Companion
A lot of internal fear can happen in social situations. Guess what? Your camera may be the ideal companion for you to focus your attention on during these moments. It may help you break the ice, introduce you to new people and new conversations, be a talking point and ease you out of your comfort zone little by little. Do not underestimate the power of holding your camera and taking pictures.