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What are you afraid of?

Updated: May 23, 2022

Like all emotion, fear doesn’t exist independently: it has a cause, a root, a source. As you peel back feelings of fear, it’s possible you’ll find layers of guilt, inferiority, inadequacy, and shame that run deep and affect all areas of your life. How do I know this? Because none of us have gone through life unscathed.

Humanity is imperfect and life is generally unfair. We’ve been damaged, hurt, bruised, and rejected in some way during our lives. That’s why I can confidently say that you’re bound to unearth feelings of inadequacy and shame as you attempt to eradicate fear from your life. However, the good news is that you can begin the healing process and restore the peace and confidence necessary for achieving your goals.

Recognizing Different Forms of Fear If you’re having a difficult time pinpointing the fear(s) holding you back, then remember that they manifest themselves in different ways. Therefore, the core emotion is the same (fear), but you experience it in different forms, such as:

  • Nervousness

  • Anxiety

  • Dread

  • Anger

  • Desperation

  • Panic

When you identify situations or circumstances that make you nervous, anxious, etc., then you have a starting point for isolating specific fears that affect your life today (consciously and unconsciously). You’ll likely find that it all leads back to these basic human fears: