The Power of the “F” Word
It wraps around you like a prickly blanket that sends your senses into overdrive. It strikes every person and animal on the planet, no matter if they are awake or asleep. It is not the “F” word used to convey sexual obscenity. Those who suffer from the horrifying sense's intense and chronic impact can become entirely dominated by it.
It can destroy people and animals and can cause them to shake, faint, or run. The more of this sense you feel, the more it can cause undesirable behavior and adverse consciousness. It is the overwhelming and debilitating sense of FEAR that can instinctively guide and rule your life.
Identifying The Different Types Of Fear.
One of the motivating factors that often pushes people to enter therapy to achieve better mental health is fear. Fear can occur in many forms, some of which are reasonable and healthy, while others are maladaptive and self-defeating. The latter type of fear, which can manifest in anxiety, can pose significant obstacles to a patient's happiness and success. Fortunately, once a patient takes the necessary step to seek therapy to deal with the fear, a therapist can use any number of techniques and approaches to guide him through it and teach him how to deal with it.
However, the particular process and approach to use depend on the fear that a patient is experiencing. Therefore, successful treatment depends on the therapist's ability to identify the fear that the patient is experiencing.
The Face Of Fear.
Fear, and the behaviors associated with it, may or may not appear fearful to the casual observer, but the actions are often rooted deeply in an intense emotional condition. For example, a traumatic childhood experience may lead a person to act out in repetitive macho-type aggression to cover the inner fear his or her childhood left behind. Anxiety can also cause an apparent lack of care, thus causing an inability to attain a certain emotional closeness level. For example, a person will get close to another and then suddenly decide they don’t want to be involved with the other person any longer. The response can be based on an unconscious fear of rejection or abandonment that prevents the other from staying close to anyone.
The Need For Fear.
Although fear was beneficial for your ancestors and prevented many dangerous situations, modern fear can often hold an individual captive and restrict him or her from effectively thinking through a problem or functioning expectedly. The more impact fear has in your life, the more it can unconsciously control you and cause you to be emotionally imprisoned. Although often associated with intimate relationships, fear also applies to external situations, as well. When was the last time you had to slam on your brakes with only a second’s notice? As the rush of adrenaline-filled your body, did you feel the fear take over, your heart rate quicken, and your senses sharpen? That is an external fear.
The Dilemma Of Fear.
To release yourself from the unwarranted dilemma fear can demand, you must first recognize that it exists, and it has a reason for that existence. You can look at your behavior, observe your emotions, or work with a therapist to discover that some actions are maladaptive or self-defeating. A man found that he would find ways to create emotional distance each time he began an intimate relationship, thereby forcing the woman to search for loving intimacy. The man was not even conscious of the behavior until he examined his past relationships with psychotherapy. Once the man became aware of his behavior patterns, he could take control and remove the self-defeating behavior style.
The Understanding Of Fear.
Some may say that psychotherapy is about the “F” word globally. A person’s self-defeating behaviors, feelings, and thoughts are sometimes, if not always, driven and controlled by fear. Whether it is a conscious or unconscious behavior, fear is a real force that can dominate your world, view, and actions. In psychotherapy, you can examine the life experiences that created fearful responses and how they alter your view of your adult life. Through the understanding of your fears and how they came to be, you can develop a more enhanced ability to make personal changes rather than taking the “fight or flight” response that fears demand. You can be in control of your life.
Types Of Fear.
There are essentially two types of fear. Rational fears motivate a patient to avoid situations, people, and potentially dangerous or harmful objects. Irrational fears manifest in the face of an item, person, or situation that is harmless, though perceived as the opposite in the patient's mind. Such worries are maladaptive because they result in paralysis and avoidance that is self-defeating. An irrational fear may be seen as a prison holding the patient captive and preventing her from living life but merely surviving it. It is important to note that irrational fears do not always start that way.
Irrational fears often stem from an experience the patient had in childhood. At the time, the fear may have been entirely rational, and the patient's response to it adaptive. However, the situation may have changed over time to the point where the fear is no longer reasonable. The patient's response is self-defeating, though it may have been adaptive originally. Examples of Irrational Fears Irrational fear can take many forms, some of which may not be recognizable to the layperson, but all can have a destabilizing effect.
Irrationality is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a phobia. One such example is agoraphobia, in which the fear can be said to imprison the patient literally. Another example is anorexia nervosa, a common eating disorder. The patient has so much anxiety about food, explicitly consuming too much, that he will avoid eating, compulsively denying himself that sustains life.
Fear Of Holidays? Do You Get The Holiday Blues?
The holidays can arrive in a bluster of activity, colors, excitement, and food. For some, it is a fun-filled time of year from the middle of October until January second. However, as with all things that contain so much chaos and pandemonium, the holiday cheer and good times can also induce anxiety, depression, sadness, and suicide. When those negative feelings overwhelm you, it is known as the holiday blues. What these two examples have in common is the self-defeating potential of each. Anorexia nervosa can result in literal self-starvation. A patient with agoraphobia can barely function in society without going outside. The overwhelming fear inhibits rational, healthy behavior.
Approaches For Fear Treatment.
Finding real-life topics for therapeutic discussion with a patient in the office should not be too difficult because fear is daily. Identification of the patient's worries is the first step to determining a treatment approach. An example of a system that may be effective is a visualization technique in which the therapist encourages the patient to visualize the fear as something concrete.
The previous example of a cage imprisoning the patient is one possibility. Another example is encouraging the patient to imagine walking through a fog bank to illustrate that going through the pain directly is the most effective way to leave it behind and get free of it. Remember that it would not be adaptive to be rid of fear entirely. Fear can be a valuable defense mechanism that helps to ensure continued survival. Sometimes car accident attorneys will discover that their badly injured clients will have newfound fear of driving, as an example. Sure, we can get the victims additional money for this new medical condition so they can treat you and find alternative vehicle transport, etc.
But facing fear is not always that easy no matter what experts you hire. A dedicated team of doctors, lawyers ad family members are all part of effective fear treatment in these cases. Your brain surgeon or personal injury attorney is the one who can lead you in the right direction. Contact Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC now to discover your rights and tactics to win your case against fear now at (213) 596-9642.
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