The Science of Fear

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The science of fear. One of the most powerful psychological weapons known to man. To "some" it is a "craft."

We are born with two basic fears; fear of falling and fear of loud noises.

Within our DNA, it's said, we carry the innate fear of darkness and predators, or predation. It is an evolutionary "gift" of survival.

Most today say fear of poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of love or not finding love, old age and fear of death are their concern.

Karl Albrecht, PhD lists five basic fears:

1. Extinction—the fear of annihilation, of ceasing to exist. This is a more fundamental way to express it than just calling it "fear of death." The idea of no longer being arouses a primary existential anxiety in all normal humans. Consider that panicky feeling you get when you look over the edge of a high building.

2.Mutilation—the fear of losing any part of our precious bodily structure; the thought of having our body's boundaries invaded, or of losing the integrity of any organ, body part, or natural function. Anxiety about animals, such as bugs, spiders, snakes, and other creepy things arises from fear of mutilation.

3. Loss of Autonomy—the fear of being immobilized, paralyzed, restricted, enveloped, overwhelmed, entrapped, imprisoned, smothered, or otherwise controlled by circumstances beyond our control. In physical form, it's commonly known as claustrophobia, but it also extends to our social interactions and relationships.

4. Separation—the fear of abandonment, rejection, and loss of connectedness; of becoming a non-person—not wanted, respected, or valued by anyone else. The "silent treatment," when imposed by a group, can have a devastating psychological effect on its target.

5.Ego-death—the fear of humiliation, shame, or any other mechanism of profound self-disapproval that threatens the loss of integrity of the Self; the fear of the shattering or disintegration of one's constructed sense of lovability, capability, and worthiness.

We have known of these fears and understood them for thousands of years. There are very intelligent people who study the science of fear.

Now, think about what we are hit with today, all day long within our public information outlets and even from what *appears to be* religious, political, societal, our warfare sectors, national/international channels, and or, even our personal circles. Realize fear catapults you into survival mode. Survival mode was never meant to last more than a few moments as you escaped the Saber Toothed Tiger, or charging Grizzly Bear.

Some very intelligent people are aware of human fears and they use them often as a means of control. You can look back, and see it done by "some" for thousands of years.

When we jump into survival mode we are not only secreting unhealthy chemicals into our bodies much longer than is necessary, we are in a state of mental chaos and unable to access higher forms of thinking; flight or fight. No matter how you look at it, our reptile brains are firing up when fear rules the day. When we are in flight or fight for prolonged periods of time, say a lifetime, we die earlier.

Be alert, be active, be aware, be vigilante but don't become "mesmerized" by the hoopla. Mesmerized: --to spellbind, to enthrall. Or better, "fascinated." From: "Fascinare" to deceive, to hallucinate, to obfuscate, to attract irresistibly-- to make the evil eye.

The science of fear. One of the most powerful psychological weapons known to man. There are "some" who study and understand this "craft." And there are others, sadly, who fall prey to it.

Adisi Waya