it is said that the only thing that you need to fear is fear itself* this is yet another one of the pieces of confetti swirling in the breeze of human wisdom
the general thrust of this* aphorism is that fear is potentially harmful
but this is too simplistic perhaps it is put this way because it sounds smart but it is necessary to expand on this
because fear is clearly a useful emotion as are all emotions they all tell us something : either things are good or things are bad.
the trouble with this labelling is that it is powered by and for dna survival which is not what we all are aiming for all the time but our dna is always so we have to temper the labeling always to see if it really leads to our happiness which is not the same as the survival of dna
the problem with fear as with any emotion is the issue of how to act on it generally it means that we should be careful sometimes we avoid sometimes we continue and adjust behaviour but our choice is helped if we are aware that fear is not us but : that we have fear... ...a particular neural circuit operating at the time...
this realization helps us to avoid being consumed and engulfed by fear because we recognise it as emotion... as a warning then we make adjustments in a sensible way
our DNA gives us a carrot and a stick as positive and negative emotions these are to get us to promote survival of DNA into future generations craving or wanting or desire for... positive emotion, the carrot and cringing and avoiding... negative emotion, the stick
FEAR is the cringing to avoid negative emotion so fear is just the opposite of wanting fear is wanting something not to be or happen ...so as to avoid negative emotion