Fear. It’s that pit in your stomach when you realize it’s Monday tomorrow, or the feeling of pure terror when you see a spider crawling towards you. But where does fear come from? What purpose does it serve in our lives? Let me explain…in the most entertaining way possible.
Evolution and Survival Instincts
First off, let’s talk about evolution. Back in caveman days, our ancestors had to deal with some pretty intense situations like dodging sabertooth tigers and running away from predators that would make even the most ferocious animal today look like a cute kitten.
So how did they survive these dangerous and fear-inducing moments? By developing instincts unique to their specific environments such as heightened senses, quick reflexes and perhaps most importantly, an innate sense of danger thanks to good ol’ adrenaline. From that moment on, evolutionary traits have continued to cultivate this instinct further creating within us what we now call ‘fear’.
Think about it – without having their fears properly adjusted for whatever could befall them at any given point in time, those ancestral groups would have quickly become extinct. So maybe instead of being annoyed by your natural reaction to jump at unexpected noises or scream when something is thrown at you suddenly, take pride in being capable enough by evolving appropriately.
Fight or Flight Response
Obviously survival instinct isn’t just limited to mankind but rather all animals who evolved whilst interacting with different forms predatory pressure prehistorically speaking; fight or flight mechanism consequently became an important part of human psyche allowing people respond effectively whenever events requiring timely reactions took place.
Nowadays unfortunately flight doesn’t really seem so appealing except if a stranger approaches unexpectedly late at night while walking alone along deserted streets (I mean I mostly stick around because for one thing there usually is only darkness outside). Instead consequent stimulations occurring can raise our levels of adrenaline again to make us more mentally alert, physically preparedness and enhanced level agility instantly. Though some people might prefer to simply curl up into a ball when confronted with threats or danger.
Apart from working on the basis upon pre-historic animalistic instincts within us proving helpful in surviving tough situations, cultural diffusion over generations mobilized each culture’s version of what could possible constitute as reasons for fear – this can range from disapproving dinosaurs all the way down to modern day societal pressures emanating anxiety individually or collectively, amongst peoples’ capacity conversely evolving around it
For instance, certain societies instil beliefs that would have been laughed at by cavemen due to their inability comprehend such absurdities e.g Bohemian vegan philosophy advocates giving water only flowers while chanting lyrics constructed purely of irrelevant words (when was the last time you got terrified because somebody failed understand Bananas aren’t apples?)
The world’s faster pace makes understanding other cultures increasingly useful; new practices call for flexibility whilst dealing with others’ opinions no matter differences in perspective although newer so-called values (accompanied by equally unforeseeable phobias) sometimes sound eccentric than usual but individuals must differentiate between unproven prejudiced thoughts however due caution always matters irrespective
Fear needs be viewed positively instead condescendingly mainly because our instinct(survival) handling stressful events allow communal well-being consequently individuals safe themselves through risks even where they initiate choice accordingly therefore needed presence oughtn’t elicit cringe-worthy responses since most psychological hurdles are indirectly addressed
Why am I Afraid?
Nevertheless despite having understood mechanisms resulting formation every individual still has one significant question left unanswered: why do we become afraid then if potential environmental damage is approachable?
Well everyone acquires something like behavioural foundation which invariably depends on early childhood upbringing backgrounds eventually paving way interpretational mental models underlining responsiveness when exposed accessibly disturbing conditions; e.g.
Insert example fears such as the dark, clowns or birds
Everybody becomes afraid now again though it may sound oddly humorous occasionally not in every situation presents an opportunity adequately filling one full fledged dread with laughter but always remember that overcoming silly short-lived anxiety can evolve adapted instincts.
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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