What is Fear?

What is Fear?

What is Fear?

As we all know, fear is something that we don’t want to experience, something we feel uneasy or uncomfortable. But it’s also what keeps us alive, why? Because fear causes us to stay away from something, to sense that an object or an animal can pose a danger to you. It makes sense to be afraid of poisonous snakes or  deadly sharks, but what about fear when there is no obvious danger? like dolls or mannequins. They are not that threatening compared to electricity wires or falling rocks, but why are we afraid of them?

According to some survey, these are the things we are afraid of:

  • Suffocation
  • Failing a test
  • Injury of a loved one
  • Death of a loved one
  • Your own death
  • Being self-conscious
  • Not attaining success
  • Snakes
  • Nuclear war
  • Speaking in front of a group
  • Looking foolish
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Spiders
  • War
  • Making mistakes
  • The future
  • Being alone
  • Criminal or gang violence

Some of Stephen King’s books delineate three types of fear that a person experiences. The first one is the gross-out. He described this fear as something disgusting, something you’d want stay away from. Like poop,snot, or even the dead. In short, morbid stuff. In fact, these things are the most present here in the Philippines. The squatter areas, the rivers, the trash… they’re almost everywhere.

Another one is horror. For King, horror is fear of the unnatural. Something out of real life. Movies that are horror-themed are the ones who displays this type of fear. Ghosts, zombies, or the giant snakes from the Anaconda movies are some examples.

The third, terror, is different from the other two. It’s scarier. Terror is coming home to find out that everything you own has been replaced by an exact same replica. Terror is feeling something behind you, knowing that you will be grabbed but then, turning around to find that there was never anything there in the first place.

Not a lot of research was done concerning the feeling of fear. But many theories involved vagueness. Like masks, and why clowns look scary.the feeling of not knowing is scary because it hides the true emotions of the person behind it. Vagueness becomes scary when it comes to the human form. On a chart of humanness, it describes that we become troubled of something that  looks similar to humans, but it’s not. Like an android, doll, or a mannequin.


Over all, I would conclude that fear is constant in every human being.  It tells us that we don’t own this world, something would still make us tremble with fear, but then it makes us know our limitations. Fear is mysterious yet important for survival. So the next time you feel fear, feel safe!

By |2018-07-24T11:14:29+08:00November 8, 2013|Personal|0 Comments

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