Why Do Humans Experience Fear?

Why Humans Experience Fear

Why Do Humans Experience Fear?

When a group of people go through a threatening experience, such as being mugged or having an attempt at sexual assault, many of them will have the experience of fear in the face of that event. Fear is a very real emotion and is experienced by nearly all of us at some point. The question is, why do humans experience fear and how does this affect us? The answer to this question will surprise you.

People experience fear for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is because they are threatened with something that they know doesn’t actually exist. For example, while most of us are aware that there are snakes out there, we don’t tend to experience much fear from those snakes. The reason for this is because we recognize snakes as something that we cannot see and usually they pose no threat to us whatsoever. A snake can’t hurt us unless it’s really big.

Another reason humans experience fear is because they are faced with something that they fear we will die from. This is especially true if the danger is a prolonged one like falling from a great height. Most people would immediately freeze up and not move at all, even though it would be impossible for a snake to grab them in midair and pull them down to the ground. The reason for this is that it would be impossible for such a snake to survive for very long on the surface of the earth and so its instinct is to stay alive and perhaps, death is not that great a risk if you only stay alive long enough to be eaten by a more competent predator.