A Project for Better Journalism chapter

Fear Can Kick You in the Rear


What makes people afraid? Fear is something that consumes people, an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. There’s good fear and bad fear. Good fear is keeping you away from bad stuff. The bad fear is the stuff that keeps people from doing things they shouldn’t be afraid of.

Greenway teacher Ms. Taglia said, “I’d say my biggest fear is something happening to my family.  I’m very protective of my two kids, so I always worry about their safety.”

Fear can hold you back even if it’s some nonsense. Fear is not fun. Sometimes fear creeps up on people and they don’t really notice until they find themselves afraid when they don’t need to be. People with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive. and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Excessive worry or ongoing fear or anxiety is harmful when it becomes so irrational that you can’t focus on reality or think clearly. People with high anxiety have difficulty shaking their worries. When that happens they may experience actual physical symptoms. Such fears are important to address because they can negatively impact both physical and mental health contributing to cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction, chronic illness, and depression.

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. From the time we’re infants we are equipped with the survival instincts necessary to respond with fear when we sense danger or feel unsafe. Fear helps protect us. It makes us alert to danger and prepares us to deal with it.  You can overcome your fear by using your Imagination in positive ways.  Using your brain in a different way than usual. Focusing on your breathing. Using nature as your therapist.