11 Facts About Fear


Fear is an intensely unpleasant emotion in response to perceiving or recognizing a danger or threat.

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Fear is closely related to the emotion anxiety, which occurs as the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.

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Fear can be learned by experiencing or watching a frightening traumatic accident.

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Fear of victimization is a function of perceived risk and seriousness.

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Fear learning changes across the lifetime due to natural developmental changes in the brain.

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Fear conditioning, known as Pavlovian or classical conditioning, is a process of learning that involves pairing a neutral stimulus with an unconditional stimulus .

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Fear argues, that death does not meet the first two criteria, even if death is a "deprivation of good things" and even if one believes in a painful afterlife.

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Fear can alter how a person thinks or reacts to situations because fear has the power to inhibit one's rational way of thinking.

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Fear is found and reflected in mythology and folklore as well as in works of fiction such as novels and films.

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Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was is a German fairy tale dealing with the topic of not knowing fear.

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Fear's studies suggested that inavoidance, the need to avoid failure, was found in many college-aged men during the time of his research in 1938.

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