Think about everything you are missing out on because of what you are avoiding. How much richer could your life become if you didn't feel the need to hide from your fears? What would you be able to do? Supposing you were not fearful, think how great your life would be.
My husband, much to my dismay, announced last week that he hates the Caribbean. My idea of heaven is twelve days on a lounge bed in the scorching sun, an eight hundred-page Henry James novel and plastic goblet of pinot grigio at hand.
As I was putting my last article together, I became really curious about why it seemed that almost all of the people who came forward and offered to share their personal experiences with me regarding anxiety were women.
It makes sense that food neophobia likely evolved, as the researchers state, to prevent mammals from eating poisonous foods. It makes sense that neophobia was important enough to our survival that it became a part of our DNA.
So what are the most common irrational fears and phobias? Terrorism? Cancer? Commitment? Nope. According to research studies of the U.S. population, the top fears and phobias are closely tied to the kinds of threats our ancestors had to worry about.
It's the season of Halloween, or maybe Dia de Los Muertos, and besides carving pumpkins, loading up on mini-bags of peanut M&Ms and thinking lots about the dead, we also pause at this time of year to, sort of, celebrate our fears.