Why Do People Experience Fear?
Why humans experience fear is a question that has plagued mankind for as long as they have been on this planet. In fact, scientists believe that fear is a very important part of our psychological makeup, and that without fear, life would be much less interesting. In this article, I will explore why humans experience fear, how fear may have an impact on us, and what some ways to help cope with fear. Although fear is certainly a very real and valid part of human life, it is not without benefit. Indeed, fear is necessary for us to live, and the fear that some people experience is a very healthy and normal response to many threats.
But, fear can also blind us to our true ability to creatively solve problems, and prevent further problems. For instance, consider the tragic case of AIDS. Millions of people around the world are dying because they did not accept one aspect of the HIV virus – that, while highly contagious, would remain in their body without ever causing them a problem. Many people who did try to get the disease under control, died because they refused to allow fear of the unknown to prevent them from taking action. As a result, millions more died. This is the reason that fear is a very important aspect of human life.
Some people argue that fear is either healthy or unhealthy, but there is little agreement on this issue. What is clear is that many of us do experience fear at times, and that is a very healthy and human response. The purpose of fear is to prepare us to act when we are in danger, while preparing us to deal with the unknown. Ununknowns are rarely known to cause physical harm, and when they are, fear often gets a better reaction than anticipated – and it is then used to protect us by convincing us that the unknown must be avoided. When this occurs, fear motivates us to act, and we accomplish the stated goal of avoiding physical harm.