There’s only one way to stop being afraid of anything

I talk a lot about fear. Fear is attractive to me because of its power.

We usually think of a person as experiencing fear when he or she is facing something dangerous, but this is the power of fear. You don’t need to be in any real danger for your nervous system to function like you are.

What you need to know about fear:

  • Your mind is more powerful than fear.
  • The thing you fear is worse in your imagination than in reality.
  • Our tendency is to focus on what’s missing and what could go wrong.
  • Humans are naturally more pessimistic than optimistic.

This is the result of Amos Tversky’s loss aversion bias, a natural cognitive bias that serves a great purpose in keeping us safe and alive, but can also result in debilitating fear, anxiety, and panic.

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What are you really afraid of?

All your fears come back to insecurities. You are not afraid of pain. You are not afraid of dying. You are afraid of what you cannot control.

This is why people fear public speaking more than death.

The speaker is completely vulnerable and has no control over the audience’s reactions. Maybe they’ll think you’re brilliant. Maybe they will think you are a fool. Normally you wouldn’t care what they think, but you have opened yourself up to their judgment. What really scares you is the abuse of this vulnerability.

Your physical fears are based on this concept.

No matter how tough you are, your worst fear about dying is having to face something inevitable that won’t end quickly. It’s not burning, drowning, spiders, snakes or heights that scare you.

It is being faced with something that exposes your human vulnerability in a way that shows how powerless you really are.

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