Prologue: "How to overcome fear stress and anger"

Tarit Kumar Pal | Apr 04, 2016

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People generally have an inherent tendency to be in their comfort zone which may be any place, situation, event, relationship or experience where they do not feel any threat. However, when gripped by fear or anger, they automatically get shifted from their comfort zone towards a zone of discomfort. It is generally observed that people operating from their zone of discomfort often fail to explore and capitalize on their full potential. Fear and anger therefore need to be clearly understood and appropriately dealt with.

Fear and anger are human emotions. Like any other emotion, they occur spontaneously without a person’s free will. They are always triggered by stimuli which can either be

  • internal or external,

  • real or imagination based.

  • Irrespective of whether the stimuli are internal or external, real or imagination based, the human mind responds the same way. This is because the mind cannot differentiate between a real and an imaginary stimulus. Fear and anger have the following common characteristics.

  • They can grip a person at any place and at any hour of the day.

  • They are ‘neutral energy’ with potential to yield either positive or negative results depending on how a person makes use of the ‘energy’ inherent in them.

  • They have the potential to generate stress which in turn causes the human body to respond with enhanced energy in the form of ‘fight or flight’ response. On immediate basis, the ‘fight or flight’ response helps a person to either fight or flee away from the stressors (fear or anger activating stimuli). However, if the ‘response’ continues for a long stretch of time or occurs frequently, it can adversely affect a person’s health and his thinking faculty.

  • If left unattended or uncontrolled, they can turn a person into their slaves with devastating results.

  • There are various techniques through which a person can cool down his mind and body from the ‘aroused state’ of ‘flight or flight’ response. It is only when the mind and body is brought into the state of homeostasis that a person is able to think rationally, make strategies and implement action plans to neutralize the possible adverse effects of fear and anger and make use of their potential positive signals (wherever there are opportunities). The first two chapters of the book concentrate on discussions on the following.

  • Characteristics of human emotions in general,

  • How fear and anger activate the human stress mechanism,

  • Various parts of the human brain and the activities performed by each of them in the human stress development circuit,

  • The ‘fight or flight response’,

  • How the aroused body out of stress can be brought back into the state of homeostasis through application of relaxation responses.

  • To effectively deal with fear and anger and keep them under control, apart from having a cool and balanced mind, a person needs to have lot of knowledge about their various aspects. In chapter three and chapter four respectively, the various faces of fear and anger are discussed with special reference to different

  • causes of the occurrences of fear and anger,

  • forms in which fear and anger appear,

  • roles played by fear and anger in human life,

  • techniques to be adapted to keep the negative effects of fear and anger at bay.

  • History reveals that all great people who have conquered fear and anger and achieved success attest to the fact that they both are the products of the human mind. Preparation to effectively manage fear and anger therefore has to start in the mind first with the belief that it is possible to

  • utilize their energy in a positive way

  • neutralize their possible negative potential.
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