How Fear affects our Human Psyche
 
JMAMONI Lifestyle & Etiquette Institute Pte. Ltd.
Feb 20, 2020
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Overcoming fear is often easier said than done, especially in times of crisis, social unrest, health emergencies or natural disasters.

I’ve been reading lots of comments during these stressful weeks of COVID-19 where people have been stigmatized, people have been ridiculed of overreacting, attacked by their way of reaction, others focusing on their business losses while others’ health or life is at stake, phrases such as “budget analysis” “businesses”, “don’t be paranoid”, “not the end of the world”, “facts matter so use your brain” are circulating and the list goes on etc..

First of all, we have to keep in mind that everyone is different, some handle conflictual situations emotionally differently than others. Everyone experiences threat in another way and therefore reacts differently. We are social creatures with different socio-economic backgrounds. Fear is a fundamental and is a deeply wired reaction. Metaphorically, imagine the cringe of an antenna in a snail when touched.

Fear starts in the region “amygdela” of the brain. A threat stimulus triggers it and activates areas that are involved in preparation to fight or to flee (fight or flight response). This is natural. We have at once the capability to read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us. It impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways and therefore leaves us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions.

I’m writing this for both parties (the irrationals and rationals) to show more understanding and compassion of why some people react differently. Some days ago was "Random Acts of Kindness Day". Why devote just one day to kindness? It is a time where we should come together and support each other, educate ourselves, develop and show empathy to not only understand what the other person is feeling but to also anticipate strong emotional response to such feelings.

Fear is irrational, the cognitive brain is helpless and the emotional brain is tired and overwhelmed. Some cannot function logically, they run for their life and cannot connect with their sense of control. Connecting with one's sense of control is vital at this moment, it is vital to how we experience fear, it is vital to how we respond to fear.

 
 
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