Why Do People Experience Fear? An Introspection Based Theory
Fear and the other emotions that accompany it are often closely related to our physical responses to danger. When we are faced with a situation in which there is no real danger, and there is only a perceived threat, our body responds by increasing our heart rate, increasing our breathing, and our brain gets busy registering whatever sensations it picks up on in its environment. This physiological response is what we call “fight or flight”, and this is pretty much what causes all of the anxiety that people experience. During these times of high anxiety, it’s not uncommon for us to experience nausea, dizziness, extreme tiredness, and even our blood pressure can rise quite a bit. We basically spend our entire existence in a constant state of fight or flight mode, and it’s very possible that this has caused all of the problems in our lives that we are experiencing.
But there is good news. It has been proven scientifically that there is no real reason that we can think of for why humans experience fear in regards to all of the scary things that they are exposed to on a daily basis. While there may be a psychological reason behind some of the behavior that we exhibit, such as being threatened in a certain situation, there is no real science behind it. There is no question however that there is a biological cause behind the phenomenon, and that is the fight or flight response that is triggered in our bodies. This biological response was actually part of our genetic code before we were even born, and is something that is inherent in all of us. What differentiates fear from other types of negative experiences is that humans do not only interpret the fear signals that are sent to them from other humans, but they actually feel the effects of the fear in their own bodies as well.
What I’m trying to get at is the fact that if you go around the world and virtually everyone you talk to will tell you that fear is something completely irrational, then you must first ask yourself how you are interpreting the information that you’re getting. If you’re an animal, then I’m sure that your interpretation of fear could be completely different than that of a human being. In the case of animals, however, there are a number of different types of information that they receive that humans don’t get, and each of these is interpreted differently. Animals have evolved for millions of years, and without the benefit of technology and science, they are still dealing with the fundamental issues behind why humans experience fear.