There is only one way to stop being afraid of anything

I talk a lot about fear. Fear fascinates me because of its power.

We usually think of a person experiencing fear when faced with something dangerous, but that is the power of fear. You don’t have to be in real danger for your nervous system to act like you are.

What you need to know about fear:

  • Your mind is stronger than fear.
  • Everything you fear is worse in your imagination than reality.
  • We tend to focus on what is missing and what can go wrong.
  • Humans are naturally more pessimistic than optimistic.

This is a result of Amos Tversky’s Loss Aversion Bias, a natural cognitive bias that has the great purpose of keeping us safe and alive, but can also lead to debilitating fear, anxiety, and dread.

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What are you really afraid of?

All your fears come back to vulnerability. You are not afraid of pain. You are not afraid of death. You fear what you cannot control.

This is why people fear public speaking more than death.

The speaker is completely vulnerable and cannot control the reactions of the audience. Maybe they think you’re brilliant. Maybe they think you’re stupid. Normally you don’t care what they think, but you’ve opened yourself up to their judgment. Abusing this vulnerability is what you really fear.

Your physical fears are based on this perception.

No matter how tough you are, your worst fears about death are about facing an inevitability that won’t end quickly. Its burning, drowning, spiders, snakes or heights don’t scare you.

It’s facing something that exposes human vulnerability in a way that shows how powerless you really are.

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