Fear is an incredible emotion. Fear of failure can motivate someone to success just as easily as it can prevent someone from ever trying. It can freeze even the bravest in their tracks. It has also been the root cause from some of the greatest atrocities in human history.
Everyone has a fear of something. Some people don’t like snakes or spiders, for example. In most cases, fear can be reduced by education. If someone doesn’t like snakes, exposure to snakes and learning about them can often times get rid of that fear. Given enough time, they will see that a snake is just an animal like anything else and all they want to do is eat, sleep and survive. There is nothing inherently evil about them or their nature. The same goes for most other creatures we’re afraid of.
Except clowns. Clowns are always evil. No exceptions.
There is a certain point, however, where a fear is so extreme that it is referred to as “irrational”. There is no amount of education or reasoning that will truly get rid of that irrational fear. People will recoil is absolute and unfathomable terror at the sight of their tormentor. Something as simple as a roach or a dirty counter top, which is completely mundane to most of us, is the stuff of nightmares to someone with an irrational fear.
The technical term for those fears is, of course, a phobia.
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