When you are scared of something it is an automatic reaction. It is not something that you consciously try to feel. It just happens in response to something. Why you feel scared is because the body thinks that you are in danger, and so it alerts you to that perceived danger by making you notice it and become fully aware of it.
Your body then continues this reaction by increasing your heart rate, breathing and by pumping blood into your muscles so that you can quickly run away or defend yourself.
This inbuilt survival mechanism is called the fight or flight response and is hardwired into your DNA, which is why it can occur without you even thinking about it.
The fear that you currently have is inappropriately triggering this fight or flight mechanism, because you have somehow linked the thing you fear to a pain of some kind. So whenever you are presented with the thing you fear, your survival mechanism kicks in because it thinks that it needs to protect you from a danger.
The key to overcoming any type of learned fear is to reprogram your inappropriate fight or flight response.
The only way that you can do this, however, is by confronting your fear. I repeat, in order to overcome your fear you must confront it head on. There is no other way to successfully overcome a fear.
This means that if you are not willing to face your fear directly, then your fear will stay with you throughout your entire life.
You will know when you have overcome your fear, or at least controlled it to a manageable level, as your body will remain calm when you are exposed to the thing that you dislike and would rather avoid. When this occurs, it is a sign that you have reprogrammed an inappropriate fight or flight response that was causing your fear to occur.
Finally, it is important not to expect an inappropriate fight or flight response to switch off instantly, as it can take many repeated exposures to the thing you fear before your fear slowly starts to fade away.
This is known as &#'220;desensitization&#'221; and describes the process where the strength of your fear decreases the more times you confront your fear without suffering the harm or pain you expected.
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