What Is Fear?
Fear is a type of emotion that has been hardwired into us humans, which gives us a type of warning before something dangerous, threatening or painful is going to happen. This type of emotion is not only present in humans, but is also seen in animals. If you were to startle a cat, you would see that it would jump up and run away as quickly as possible. This is an immediate instinct we have that comes as a direct result of something we see, feel or hear.
At a much deeper level, there is a bio-scientific explanation as to what really happens when someone feels fear. The emotion is triggered by one of our immediate senses, whether it is our hearing, seeing or touching. This also works with past experiences where we have experienced pain, danger or threat. Once you hear danger, a signal is transmitted to a specific region in the brain known as the hypothalamus. When this part of the brain is triggered, it would immediately cause stress hormones to fill up in the blood stream, again causing further visible and non visible signs of this emotion;
- Increased Sweating
- Increased Fidgeting/Chills
- Elevated Heart Rate
- Dilated Pupils
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Muscle Tightening
As mentioned before, we have been programmed in such a way that the whole process takes mere minutes to take effect. You can be joyous one second and be filled with fright the next second, as stress hormones get released into the blood stream very fast. We can also be afraid of things that we have experienced in the past. If you burnt your hand by placing it on the range when it was turned on, you would have learned the hard way that it is dangerous to touch a turned on stove. This sense of fright is what stops you from doing it again.
People have fear of a lot of things, such as heights, people, blood, water and confined spaces. All these types of instinctual emotions are caused by seeing or hearing the actual cause of fright. If you are afraid of heights, you would only be afraid of it when you see it. This is what triggers the release of cortisol from the amygdala, which is found in the brain. Fortunately, there are ways by which you can cope with your phobias.
Several individuals have fear to the extent where they would consider suicide as a means of escaping. People who have severe fright for certain things need to find a way to cure their phobia. Treatment for phobias are usually provided through therapy sessions, medications and herbal remedies. These natural remedies help with calming your hormones down, which slowly diminishes your level of fright. Some common symptoms of fright, such as heavy breathing, shortness of breath, trembling and sweaty palms are all cured through appropriate homeopathic remedy products. By identifying your fear, you would be able to better understand and cure your problem.