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YOU IN MIND: FEAR NOT

FEAR NOT

By Lynwood Wheeler, PhD, ABPP

Impeachment trial. Mass shootings. Prison riots and killings. Local shootings and robberies. These are just a few of the headlines I see at the time of writing this. Headlines such as these can lead to many emotions, some of which can be concern, stress and even fear.

Fear is a common experience for all of us. Unfortunately, it has the potential to control us and even rob us in various seasons of our lives. It can lead to bad decisions and even keep us from taking risks or doing things that would have brought joy or fulfillment. Courage is not always the absence of fear but the willingness to do what you long to or even should do despite the fear.

We can associate fear with negative, but it is not always bad. The rattle of a rattlesnake evoking fear is good. Being frightened to get too close to the edge of a high cliff – once again, good. Fear’s purpose is to protect us from dangers in our environment.

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