Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 11:46 am
What is fear?
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fresco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 12:03 pm
@Transcend,
The anticipation of an unpleasant experience usually accompanied by the sensation of physiological changes as the body prepares itself against a perceived threat.
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sometime sun
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 03:42 pm
I have tried to condense this so may be back later to expand.

Fear is the absence of something.

Fear is absence.

Fear is a vacancy where something else could should would be.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 04:35 pm
@sometime sun,
sometime sun wrote:
I have tried to condense this so may be back later to expand.

Fear is the absence of something.

Fear is absence.

Fear is a vacancy where something else could should would be.
Fear is the absence of tranquility.





David
Pemerson
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 04:48 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Fear is the absence of love
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 05:21 pm
@Pemerson,
Pemerson wrote:
Fear is the absence of love
Some have said that fear is the OPPOSITE of love.

If I am just hanging around, feeling no love for anything, that does not put me into a state of fear,
as I woud be during anticipation of misfortune.

Do u agree with that ?
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mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 06:22 pm
@Transcend,
Hi Mike!

Good question! Anyone can define fear by picking up a dictionary. I sense you are looking deeper than this though.

Fear is the key - to the door that leads to "everything" and "nothing" and "the pieces in between".

If you get to that door, my good friend, do as you must. I'm just happy to know it's there, and the key stays firmly in my pocket.

Have a terrific day Mike!

mark...
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stevecook172001
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 07:09 pm
@Transcend,
Transcend wrote:

What is fear?

A acute, negative psychological state resulting from a perception of an acute lack of control of one's environment
north
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 07:58 pm
@stevecook172001,
stevecook172001 wrote:

Transcend wrote:

What is fear?

A acute, negative psychological state resulting from a perception of an acute lack of control of one's environment


agreed

but also the lack of strength emotionally
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 08:51 pm
@north,
north wrote:

stevecook172001 wrote:

Transcend wrote:

What is fear?

A acute, negative psychological state resulting from a perception of an acute lack of control of one's environment


agreed

but also the lack of strength emotionally


I would say that "lack of strength" comment is quite untrue.

Fear is a natural and apparently hard-wired response which acts to ready an organism to deal with a threat more effectively than when it is in a less aroused state.

Certainly, some people appear possibly to be "wired" to respond more than others, and we know that many mammals (at least) respond to early trauma and poor nurture with a lowered fear-response threshold...but fear itself is a perfectly normal thing.
north
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:05 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

north wrote:

stevecook172001 wrote:

Transcend wrote:

What is fear?

A acute, negative psychological state resulting from a perception of an acute lack of control of one's environment


agreed

but also the lack of strength emotionally


I would say that "lack of strength" comment is quite untrue.

Fear is a natural and apparently hard-wired response which acts to ready an organism to deal with a threat more effectively than when it is in a less aroused state.

Certainly, some people appear possibly to be "wired" to respond more than others, and we know that many mammals (at least) respond to early trauma and poor nurture with a lowered fear-response threshold...but fear itself is a perfectly normal thing.


the " lack of strength emotionaly " is intended to mean that , when a loved one leaves you , you can handle the seperation and therefore move on in your life
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:21 pm
@north,
What has that to do with fear in and of itself?
north
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:28 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

What has that to do with fear in and of itself?


face the fear of rejection
Homomorph
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:33 pm
@Transcend,
I think, ultimately, it is a lack of a holistic understanding, although there are certainly exceptions.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:37 pm
@north,
north wrote:

dlowan wrote:

What has that to do with fear in and of itself?


face the fear of rejection


Well, yes, it is good to face fears.

But fear, in and of itself, has, IMO, nothing to do with emotional weakness.
north
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:39 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

north wrote:

dlowan wrote:

What has that to do with fear in and of itself?


face the fear of rejection


Well, yes, it is good to face fears.

But fear, in and of itself, has, IMO, nothing to do with emotional weakness.


true

so whats your thinking then on fear ?
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 10:01 pm
@north,
I already gave it.
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GoshisDead
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 02:03 am
What is fear? = Chemicals
What causes fear? = Lack of perceived options
or How it is expressed? = Fight or Flight or Deer in headlights
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 02:19 am
@GoshisDead,
GoshisDead wrote:

What is fear? = Chemicals
What causes fear? = Lack of perceived options
or How it is expressed? = Fight or Flight or Deer in headlights


Don't think it's that rational...I think it kicks in upon perception of threat long before the option appraisal bit gets going.


That's a tad hyperbolic...by "long" I mean seconds or portions thereof.

Though in some folk (especially traumatised ones) the thinking bit cannot really engage until the fear subsides.

OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 04:06 am
@dlowan,
GoshisDead wrote:

What is fear? = Chemicals
What causes fear? = Lack of perceived options
or How it is expressed? = Fight or Flight or Deer in headlights
dlowan wrote:


Don't think it's that rational...I think it kicks in upon perception
of threat long before the option appraisal bit gets going.


That's a tad hyperbolic...by "long" I mean seconds or portions thereof.

Though in some folk (especially traumatised ones) the thinking bit
cannot really engage until the fear subsides.
I agree that FEAR has to do with anticipation of misfortune, "perception of threat"
not with direct n present experience of the hazzardous event.

Cases in point (contrasting with one another):
As a lad, while driving to college in the morning,
I felt fear, even to the point of painful constriction (intestinal spasm?)
for being incompletely prepared for the day 's schoolwork.

On the other hand,
during the direct experience of a dangerous event
( having gunfire directed against me, while driving my car )
I felt no fear, and found it mildly humorous.
(Winston Churchill described that there is nothing so exhilerating as to be shot at with no effect.) I did not find it exhilerating,
but I got a little smile out of it; that and a broken side window. Fear was no part of it; it happened so fast n was over so quick
that I did not have time to become afraid.





David
 

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