Fear is the uneasy feeling we’re inadequate. It’s an alarm that goes off when we feel threatened. It keeps people from attaining their goals.
We all experience fear, and we all want to overcome it. Whether you fear giving a presentation in the boardroom at your company’s monthly meeting, snakes, or even death, fear has the tendency to take over our ability to think clearly and rationally.
Fear is a natural, powerful, and primitive human emotion. Fear alerts us to the presence of danger or the threat of harm, whether that danger is physical or psychological. Sometimes fear stems from real threats, but it can also originate from imagined dangers.
The best way to conquer a fear is to face it head-on, but it’s important to do so in a healthy manner that helps you move past the fear rather than in a way that traumatizes you. If you’re having difficulty on your own, a mental health professional can guide you gradually through the situations that you fear, being sure to first work on the thought patterns that keep you stuck.
Treatment may involve talking about the thing that scares you, practicing relaxation strategies, and managing your anxiety as you face your fears head-on. A therapist can help you go at a pace that is comfortable and healthy for you.