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Re: What are you afraid of?

My fav will always be ARACHNOPHOBIA! So over the top! But I was scared!

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Re: What are you afraid of?

Thanks for joining us and contributing tonight guys. I hope you all have developed a new understanding of your fears and some ways to cope with them Smiley Happy

Summary: 

We all have something that manages to incite fear in us all, some quite common such as Atychiphobia (the fear of failure) and some more personal and unique like being scared of sharp corners (so unique it doesn’t have a name!). These fears can be deeply instilled within us from an experience in our past or something that seemingly pops out of the blue when we are faced with it.

 

One way we can manage our fears is to confide in those who are close to us. This is an excellent way to help manage your fears as they may be able to help you rationalise your fear or put you at ease when faced with your fear or even stop you from getting into those situations. However sharing our fears with others can be a very difficult task. Usually we tend to want to portray an image of being strong and independent, but what we must realise that everyone has their own fears and by sharing them with someone close it will greatly help in overcoming them.

 

Our fears can affect us both physically and psychologically. As with our fears the effects can be both common and unique to us all. Some of the common physical effects involve becoming tenser, developing tunnel vision, shaking and sweating. Psychological effects can range from having racing thoughts to catastrophizing (thinking of every possible worst-case scenario).

 

There are multitudes of strategies that we can employ to help us cope with the fears that we face in our day to day lives. Some which we have discussed tonight involve physically removing yourself from the situation and doing something that we enjoy. However, at times this is not possible, so how do we manage? We can do so by trying to relax by controlling our breathing, to take deep and long breaths or to recite something within our heads like counting, a quote or poem.

To learn how to relax within these situation the following are some great sources:

http://au.reachout.com/How-to-be-more-mindful
http://au.reachout.com/Ways-to-relax
http://au.reachout.com/Relaxation-training

 

We won’t always be able to manage some fears by ourselves, which is nothing to be ashamed of. But the question is how do we know when to reach out for help? From what we have discussed most would agree that it is time when our fear becomes preventative to the things which we are trying to achieve in our everyday lives and involves excessive effort to avoid. In order to sieze control of our lives in these situations it is best to share with someone close to us be it a friend or family member. Where this is not possible a psychologist or teacher can also be great sources of support. Other handy sources include:

http://au.reachout.com/Phobia-fixing

http://au.reachout.com/What-is-a-phobia

http://au.reachout.com/Social-phobias

http://au.reachout.com/The-strange-fear

http://au.reachout.com/Remembering-I-can-conquer-fear

http://www.headspace.org.au/

 

 

Re: What are you afraid of?

Ohh I forgot about that anxiety storyline on H&A!

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Re: What are you afraid of?

There are some pretty over-the-top representations of fears and phobias in film and tv. What are some of your favourite fear/phobias moments in film and tv?

 


Oh definitely Arachnaphobia, the Chucky series, Dawn of the Dead... There's also the fear of water in Jaws and The Truman Show.

Re: What are you afraid of?

Thanks for the summary michine!!!

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Re: What are you afraid of?

Thanks everyone so much for all your great contributions tonight - for your honesty and strength in talking about it all with us here....

See you next week!

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Re: What are you afraid of?

Thanks for the discussion guys, it was really interesting! Night all Smiley Happy

Re: What are you afraid of?

Good night everyone! Was a really interesting discussion. I missed a bit as I had to answer a phone call so I'm looking forward to going back and re-reading. Thanks to michine, Doris and Sophie for facilitating tonight too Smiley Happy

Re: What are you afraid of?

Thank you every single one of you for joining tonight's session.
It was very merry with very many of you contributing. It has been awhile since a GR has been this merry.

Thanks again everyone!

Re: What are you afraid of?

thanks for being here