Understanding Why People Experience Fear
Theories of why humans experience fear vary greatly as to what actually constitutes fear in our world. While all fear in fact is negative, some types of fear are actually positive. Some types of fear are based on factual truth, while others are purely imaginative. While real fear can be negative, real and positive fear can be positive.
Some of the most popular examples of the latter would be the stories of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and the movie Invictus. In these movies, fear is used as a catalyst to help the protagonist to overcome whatever evil they are faced with. The fear in these stories is rooted in reality and is meant to serve as a stepping stone to help the protagonist to overcome whatever danger or evil that they may come across. This is not to say that all fiction is inherently evil, just that some fiction does have a purpose. Many writers use fear to prompt the reader or viewer to do something proactive – to either seek protection or to seek revenge.
One of the most important things to remember when studying the reasons behind why humans experience fear, is that they do have control over how they are scared. While fear itself may not be able to be controlled, it is ultimately the mind that does respond and take action based upon what the subconscious has shown them to be afraid of. The subconscious part of the brain is where much of our interpretation of events goes, and why humans experience fear varies as much from one person to the next as it does from one culture to the next. Understanding the various fears and what they represent can help the psychologist or therapist to deal with such fears more effectively.