The Impact of Fear on Clear Thinking
Fear prepares us to react to danger. Once we sense a potential danger, our body releases hormones that slow or shut down functions not needed for survival. With some people that is clear thinking. They simply ‘freeze’ due to fear.
When in this overactive state, the brain perceives events as negative and remembers them that way. Fear can impair formation of long-term memories and cause damage to certain parts of the brain.
Here 3 Points How Fear can change your Behaviour, Perception and Clear Thinking
1. Change of perception:
Do you know that your perception changes according to your mental state? Immediately after watching a scary movie you are very likely to be scared of harmless objects just because your perception was greatly affected by the movie. The same change of perception is at play if you fear rejection or are afraid that people will notice that scar on your face? With those thoughts of fear your perception will change and you will interpret people’s gestures incorrectly as signs of rejection.
2. Interpretation = Rejection
Criticism hurts but when you are in a state of fear, what others are saying can easily misinterpreted by you. Most often the interpretation of someone’s comment is rejection. Your clear thinking has been wiped and any comments are taken out of context.
3. Strange Behaviour
When you are afraid of being found out, specially in a work environment or your fear is that you don’t really have all the knowledge you need, it is easy to interpret other’s behaviour as ‘strange’ which in turn creates even more fear and further clouds your clear thinking.
So, what can you do about it? The impact of fear on clear thinking affects males and females, young and old and the key to overcome it is to find the root of your fear.
We investigate deeply what causes your fear and look at every level. Physical, psychological and of course your circumstances, which can contribute to your fear.
Make an appointment today and overcome your fear and be back to clear thinking.