FEAR vs ANXIETY
Fear can be loosely described as the believe that there is something that is out there that is going to get you and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
Fear can represent itself in different ways such as worry, panic, hopelessness, nervousness, stress, etc.
In most cases fear can spring in your life from variety of sources. Perhaps you are experiencing fear as a result of trying to conceal mistakes / imperfections. Or you perhaps you are ashamed of something you have done in the past and you fear that it will come to light one day.
Or if you are like me, you are experiencing fear because as a result of trying to control too many things in your life.
Fear and anxiety usually go hand in hand.
Fear often serves to prepare people for a perceived future threat and find potential solutions to problems, however worrying itself can become compulsive and people can develop a sense of lack of control or over their worrying, which may constitute a disorder.
Let’s have a look at the difference responses between fear anxiety:
- The intense emotional state which is activated in response to a real, imminent and objective danger, which threatens life and survival.
- The “fight or flight” response is activated, which is a physiological state that functions to aid survival in life threatening situations by increasing physiological arousal to either stay and fight the threat, or quickly flee the situation.
- The person may experience a sense of doom, unease and apprehensiveness in response to the threat in their immediate environment.
- Examples are being held at gunpoint, being involved in a serious car accident, falling in front of an oncoming vehicle etc
- An emotional state in response to perceived stress in the environment, it is subjective in nature.
- The source of threat may be undefined / unknown.
- Poses no immediate threat to survival.
- Is the anticipation of future potential threat, the “what ifs”, searching for potential danger.
- Experiencing small amounts of anxiety in short amounts of time may serve as a survival advantage in certain situations, as to keep you focused and on track to achieving a desired outcome; however a constant and intense state of anxiety may constitute disorder and dysfunction.