Fear, A Reflection

     Crippling determination and destroying hope, are often the actions most people associate with the word, fear. I invite you to look at it a little bit differently from the useless and often times detrimental viewpoint instilled in us culturally and by leading psychologist during the rise of behaviorism and rationalism in the field of psychology with such promulgated works as the James-Lange Theory of Emotion (Theories of Emotion, 2018). Let us first resolve to see it through the eyes of psycho-evolutionary theory as a trait necessary and adaptive to our survival (Evolutionary Explanations of Emotions, 1989).

     Fear, simply put from this perspective, is a response to a perceived threat whether substantial or not. This alerts us to take action which at its base level is “fight or flight”. Yet, there is a point between these two which is the part that fear plays an important role, threat analysis. If we are to consider emotions as compilations of thought formed from initial coordinated changes in physiology, cognition and behavior (Evolutionary Explanations of Emotions, 1989), Then we could say that all emotions are a direct product of analysis. In this, case the threat analysis, which I would argue happens on a constant basis through out ones day, and for the sake of fear arising, has resulted in the conclusion that a threat exists. There are times where we are truly in danger and fear gives us a quick heads up to the threat, and we, as a result, have more of a fighting chance to survive. In other circumstances, it is merely alerting us of the possibility of danger that needs further looking into based on instinct and prior experiences/conditioning, whether factually based and rational or not.

     Fear is like your security guard. If you security guard is well-informed and conditioned for real threats whether it be to life and limb, career progression or the viability of your electronics due to rain outside, you will not only survive but thrive. I would even argue that it goes beyond well regulated and educated fear, but one’s reaction to said fear could play an important role. Making adjustments and taking a proportional response to the level of severity, immediacy and effective personal demeanor called for by the situation to resolve the issue/threat will result in a sufficient and timely end to the threat posed.

The True Obstacle

These Double Doors
Haunting verses of wood & metal
Daunting Steps, Cemented my Call
with arms Raised, cloaked trepidation

 As shadows move behind the glass
hesitation pours
No need to mettle

 Here, I stand
My Goal, behind these ghoulish doors
My Cloak, just the same

Could it be unfounded?
The need for this dreary correlation

Poem by Stephen Perro

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Cherry, Kendra, (February 2018), Cognitive Psychology, “Overview of the 6 Major Theories of Emotions”, retrieved from https://www.verywellmind.com/theories-of-emotion-2795717

Nesse, R. M., (1989) Evolutionary Explanations of Emotions. Human Nature, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp.261-289


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