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Machiavellian Concepts on the Use of Fear - In Machiavelli’s “Prince” he discussed the use of fear as a political tool to maintain the state. He argued that fear when properly directed could generate loyalty and bolster the support of the government. He went on to write that fear was only powerful when wielded with care and when abused could quickly become counterproductive and result in being hated by the people. Fear was potent because it was the prince’s creation. Unlike love that is given to the prince and can easily be taken away, fear is the prince’s tool and his alone....   [tags: Fear]
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Phobias: The Irrational Fear - Phobias: The Irrational Fear Phobias are irrational fear to a person, place or object and they are classified as an anxiety disorder. There is a term for every phobia imaginable. Phobias affect approximately nineteen million individuals, with the fears ranging from blood to women and every thing in between. The symptoms one experiences when suffering with a phobia include profuse sweating, headaches, extreme nausea and a variety of other physical symptoms. We all have our fears, rather it be flying or driving....   [tags: Fear] 408 words
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What is Fear and What Causes It? - Fear is something that large amounts of people have encountered at least once at some point in their lives. It has been said to have caused a variety of outcomes, many of them being largely negative. Therefore, it is a common human response to react to fear by counteracting it with positivity and/or success. The idea people have of what fear is depends on the person. In the article “How Fear Works”, for example, fear is defined as a “chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals” (Layton 1)....   [tags: environment, past experience, fear paranoia]
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Overcoming Fear With Faith - Everyone is on a road of difficulties and trials. We face these trials everyday sometimes we work hard to resolve them. On the other hand sometimes people will be afraid of the problems that come their way. We sometimes will try to escape it but it will be their festering in our lives and in our minds. Until one day we decide to take action, the time we decide to mend the problem is the day we can change and rid the problem from our lives for good. Nonetheless if we do not bring forth courage and put forth the chance to mend our problems we might become penetrated with fear....   [tags: Faith vs. Fear]
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The Individual’s Existentialist Struggle Rooted in Fear - The individual is naturally comprised of a conglomeration of cumbersome and distressing emotions, such as fear and distress. It is within inane circumstances that human beings are able to experience inherent fear. In moments of fear, people are able to apply existentialist thought, for it is through fear in which people decide to act. Existentialism is a philosophical theory that is governed by authenticity, which is that the existence of a person is determined through the acts of their own will (“Existentialism”)....   [tags: Power of Fear]
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Using Our Fear for the Good of the World - Our deepest fear is a unique quotation by an author who is unknown but was made famous by Nelson Mandela. This quotation really makes you think about your own fears and the ways we can look at them and how they affect us in our everyday lives. I believe the author is trying to say we should not fear our fears, but embrace them and use them for the good of the world and even just ourselves. He says we fear what we are capable as individuals. We fear the good in us, like our talents rather than the darkness....   [tags: fear, Nelson Mandela, ] 506 words
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Destruction Caused by Fear in Lord of the Flies and a Separate Peace - Have you ever been so afraid for your life that you would do anything to save it. Or been so scared of something you felt like you became a different person afterwards because of the experience. Well, the characters of Lord of the Flies and A Separate Peace all have encountered these experiences and their lives have changed forever because of the destruction caused by fear. Lord of the Flies is set during the time of World War 2 and is about a group of 7-12 year old boys who are hopelessly stranded on an uncharted island after a devastating plane crash leaving them completely without adult supervision....   [tags: innocence, nature, fear] 948 words
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Fear of Death in White Noise by Don DeLillo - In the novel, White Noise by Don DeLillo, Jack Gladney tries to think that he know his wife Babette. He tries to disguise his true self in order to gain strength through his false identity. He tries to control Babette’s thoughts by telling her she is supposed to act a particular way because he is slowly losing control and the struggle of who is more afraid of death. Jack constantly is trying to face his fears of death but learns that his wife has similar fears. He tries to gain power over his death by trying to murder someone....   [tags: identity, kill, fear, death] 628 words
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Summary of the Fear of Breathing by Lafferty, Sherlock and Wood - Each new morn.New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows strike heaven on the face (qtd in Lawson, Sandra. 2013) In the eighty-five pages play, Lafferty, Sherlock, and Wood exert their utmost effort to document, organize, and reconstruct a collage of verbatim testimonies, reports, and interviews eyewitnesses of the Syrian Revolution .The interviews were conducted by Laffery in collaboration with veteran war correspondents: Sherlock and Wood. Lafferty and colleagues conducted interviews incognito with ordinary people, activists, businesspersons, defectors, Free Syrian Army soldiers, and medical staff....   [tags: Fear of Breathing Essays]
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The Element of Fear: Dickens´ The Signalman and Wells´ Red Room - Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signalman,’ and H.G Wells’ ‘Red Room’ are both short stories written to grip readers through the element of fear. Both tales were written near the end of the Victorian era, during Queen Victoria’s reign. Victorian Britain had a liking for literature, including short stories. Short stories were idyllic because they were a source of instant entertainment, the type required in technologically withdrawn times. People were also becoming increasingly interested in supernatural events such as mesmerism....   [tags: Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells, Victorian era, fear] 1859 words
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Racism in The Color of Fear - Racism in The Color of Fear Let’s start with the definition of racism. Racism refers to the belief that race is the primary determinant of human capacities, that a certain race is inherently superior or inferior to others, and/or that individuals should be treated differently based on their ascribed race. There are two main issues in the movie the “The Color of Fear” that I will discuss. These two issues include grouping people of color on the basis of the way one looks, and the attitudes of different races towards one another....   [tags: Color Fear Film Movie Racism Race Essays] 892 words
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National Identity in Eric Ambler's Journey into Fear - National Identity in Eric Ambler's Journey into Fear In his novel A Coffin for Dimitrios, Eric Ambler writes: "A man's features, the bone structure and the tissue which covers it, are the product of a biological process; but his face he creates for himself" (269). This distinction between the physical flesh and the face, the "devil mask" is for Ambler a crucial metaphor of "duplicity" (269). It is "a screen to hide [the] mind's nakedness...though they understand instinctively that the mask cannot be the man behind it; they are generally shocked by a demonstration of the fact" (269)....   [tags: Journey into Fear Essays]
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Fear in Journey's End by RC Sheriff - Fear in Journey's End The definition of ‘fear’ is a feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger. ‘Fear’ is reflected by the continual tension throughout the play. All the characters deal with fear in their own different ways. This reflects their personality and gives us an outline of how they really deal with the troubles, which arise during their experiences in a dangerous surrounding, and also, by dealing with the outcomes that they have to face in life. Stanhope deals with pain and fear through expressing his anger and also by his drinking habits....   [tags: Journey's End Literature War Fear Danger Essays] 2201 words
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Socrates and Epicurus - Live Life Without Fear of Death - Many people seem to fear death, but philosophers such as Socrates and Epicurus would argue that one has no reason to fear it. Socrates sees death as a blessing to be wished for if death is either nothingness or a relocation of the soul, whereas Epicurus argues that one shouldn't worry themselves about death since, once we are gone, death is annihilation which is neither good nor bad. Epicurus believes that death itself is a total lack of perception, wherein there is no pleasure or pain. I agree with Epicurus because Socrates doesn't give a sound argument for death as a blessing, whereas Epicurus' argument is cogent....   [tags: Why We Should Not Fear Death]
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Geography of Fear and Fear of Crime - Geography of fear and fear of crime in society today has been widely researched. In this essay fear of crime is used in the context of an individual’s perceived risk of becoming a victim of crime. This essay will explain Cater and Jones statement and discuss how media portrayal, environmental incivility in urban leading to loss of authority of space by local people and urban encroachment of rural areas shape the ‘geography of fear’. These factors at individual, neighbourhood and community level will be evaluated in ways so fear of crime can be reduced in urban and rural areas....   [tags: victim, criminal offenders, urban areas]
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Fear in H. G. Wells' "The Red Room" and the "Red-room Episode" in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Both H. G. Wells and Charlotte Bronte draw upon the Gothic tradition to create an atmosphere of fear in their books, but this is handled in different ways although with some similarities. The Gothic tradition was believed to have started in 1764, however these novels were written outside the Gothic period, with Charlotte Bronte publishing her book in 1847, and H. G. Wells publishing his in 1896, over one hundred years later than the first Gothic novel. H. G. Wells starts off his book with a conversation between the narrator who will then go on to ender the read room, and a group of pensioners who give him several warnings that he should not enter the red room due to its haunted nature....   [tags: Fear, H. G. Wells, Red Room, Charlotte Bronte, Jan] 536 words
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The Effects of Fear - ... These historical figures took revenge on the innocent for the fear they felt as children. There are also many physical effects of fear. Some “consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, clinical depression, accelerated ageing, and even premature death” (Impact of Fear and Anxiety 1). Experiencing fear for excessive amounts of time can take a toll on a person’s body, just as stress and anger can harm a person. Fear “can affect your appetite, sleep and concentration” (Fear 1). In result, fear can wear away at the quality of a person’s life....   [tags: external stimuli, self-defense] 710 words
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The Necessity of Fear - A tall man in a long black coat is seen walking past the window of an elementary school with a large brief case. That sentence is enough to make almost any American’s skin crawl for a moment. Change the word man to woman, and all of those uncomfortable feelings change to normal and nothing out of the ordinary. How can this be. Everyone has experienced that unpleasant sensation of fear creeping into their bodies at least one time in their life. Maybe it was watching a horror movie or walking through an unfamiliar part of town at night, but this sensation is unlike any other feeling that humans can produce....   [tags: fight-or-flight response]
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The Fear of God - “And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.” (Gen. 20:11) God has breathed the word “fear” into His written word 509 times. The authors of the text recorded “Fear of the Lord” 30 times, while the term “Fear of God” was recorded eight times. There are many words used in the bible to define for the word fear. “The most common of these (giving the noun forms) are Heb. yir’â, ‘reverence’; Heb. paḥaḏ, dread’, ‘fear’; Gk....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ] 1769 words
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The Perception of Fear - Fear is created by your perspective of a situation, object or topic. You fear something based on the way you perceive it, evaluating whether it as a threat to you or not. Once a fear is born it continues to shape your perspective intensifying the fear and guaranteeing that it will remain. When these perspectives become distorted the fear that drives them has the potential to take control over a person’s life. As the fear grows clear observation is limited and obsessive behavior can occur....   [tags: Psychology]
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Fear of Fear - Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) for panic disorder but the mechanism responsible for the improvement are lacking. The reduction of fear of fear (FOF), or the tendency to respond fearfully to benign bodily sensations, is believed to underlie the improvement resulting from CBT. Research has provided evidence consistent with the FOF hypothesis. Descriptive studies consistently show that panic disorder patients score significantly higher on self-report measures tapping fear of bodily sensations....   [tags: essays research papers] 935 words
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The Fear of Death - Death refers to the end of worldly life. People fear death for a variety of reasons. They are afraid because it is the final moment of parting beloved ones, it may be a painful process, it makes them feel that there is a countdown for their existence and they may not achieve all they hoped or planned, or they may fear the unknown after death. Death is the final adventure as a person of this earth, it is the closing of the door on this earthly reality. An unnatural obsession and fear of death can lead to an inactive and deadened society, it is important to find a way to overcome these effects to cause good to come of the inevitable end of life....   [tags: Phobias]
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The Dangers of Fear - The Dangers of Fear Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once said, “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.” Inhumanity is mankind’s worse attribute. Every so often, ordinary humans are driven to the point were they have no choice but to think of themselves. One of the most famous example used today is the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night demonstrates how fear is a debilitating force that causes people to lose sight of who they once were....   [tags: Elie Wiesel, Night, Memoir, Holocaust] 948 words
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Fear of Death - Death it is something we all must face at one point in our lives or another. It is either a death of a loved one, friend or co-worker. Sometimes it’s the devastation from a natural disaster. No matter what makes us face the idea of death it is how we handle this realization that truly matters. When Gilgamesh is faced with the horrendous loss of his dear friend and comrade Enkidu he begins to fear death. In Gilgamesh’s youth he is proud without fear of death, it is not until he watches his friend die that his own mortality becomes a fear....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Gilgamesh] 1658 words
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The Online Fear - The internet has brought us information, convenience and time. From paying bills online in seconds to finding out information in a flash and even earning a college degree; the internet has proven to be a powerful tool. With the good, usually a little bad comes along with it. The internet has offered us convenience for everyday life, but also acts as a platform for child predators to prey upon. In an article titled If Your Kids are Awake… from the New York Times, Lewin said, “The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser F...   [tags: Internet]
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Dangers of Fear - Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once said, “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.” Inhumanity is mankind’s worse attribute. Ordinary humans sometimes are driven to the point were they have no choice but to think of themselves. This indifference can result in inhumanity. One of the most famous example used today, is the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, demonstrates how fear is a deliberating force that causes people to act in ways they never thought possible....   [tags: Elie Wiesel, Night, Holocaust] 858 words
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The No-Fear Legacy - ... They ran as fast as they could and discovered it was in fact Kobe’s sister’s truck. They ran in the general direction of the house. They found a way to get up to the second floor and prayed both of their families were their waiting. When they opened the door they saw nothing but a note that said they had to evacuate and had went inland. Kobe and LeBron started their long journey inland. The silence was interrupted when they heard a boat. They started yelling and splashing so they could try to catch the driver’s attention....   [tags: personal narrative] 1710 words
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To Fear, Or Not To Fear: How Yeats and Hardy Envision God - Within both Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the Twain” and W. B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming”, the actions of God are extremely prevalent, though the timing of His intervention varies greatly. Though, both poems were published within a five year period (1914 and 1919 respectively), they convey significantly different perspectives on the actions of God, in relation to our actions as human beings. These poems were written less than a decade apart, but are separated by one significant event that changed the world: the First World War....   [tags: second coming, thomas hardy, god's will]
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Making Sense of the Fear of Death - We all accept that death is unavoidable; we all die. However, there are numerous debates on what death actually is. I feel it important to first discuss what we believe death to be before we question whether it is rational to fear it. I mean, how can we fear something without knowing what we fear. If I propose the idea that death is the separation of our bodies and spirits and we never spiritually die but we can live on in heaven or hell; then I would suggest it is rational to fear death. This is rational as there could be a high chance I end up in hell....   [tags: idea analysis] 1098 words
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The Negative and Positive Outcomes of Fear - Is fear a shoulder angel. Or is it a shoulder devil. The answer is both. Fear dictates our choices, but when we take the fears within us and decide their true meaning, we can conclude which kind of outcome they will make and dodge our unnecessary thoughts. Fear affects us in negative ad positive ways that control every decision we make, but its power is limited to our reaction and whether our fear is negative or positive. Negative fears are mostly caused by reflecting on things that have happened and then using that knowledge to come to realization of the fear in a current situation....   [tags: choices, thoughts, reaction] 559 words
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The Motivation and Consequences of Fear - ... Fear takes this town for the worse but in this case there was no reason to be scared. In one predicament fear is used as a role is in the eyes of god. In this article fear has a big impact. Compared to god you are not anything and that scares a lot of people. Ed-wards wrote “The bow of god’s wrath is bent and the arrow at your heart”. That quote is powerful it explains that god has the power and if god wanted to he could strike u in a heartbeat. Too many that brings fear because those are the ones that believe in god....   [tags: psychological analysis] 583 words
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The Power of Fear Illustrated in "The Storm" - Fear. By definition it is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain, whether the threat is real or imaginary. Fear has power, but only when the person feeling it gives it power. In “The Storm” Janet gives power to her fear, and by doing so, fear masks what Janet should truly be afraid of, leading to the development of her character, the conflicts within her mind, and the overall theme of the short story. Throughout the story, Janet is depicted as a person with a “pale face with a blunt nose, slender with a childlike figure, and plain.” Because of this characterization it is not difficult to understand her mentality for protection....   [tags: the storm] 935 words
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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible" - What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ] 732 words
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The 'Fear Years' in the United Kingdom - For the last few decades, crime has seemed to play a part in the shaping of politics and law. The topic of crime is often shown in the media and discussed by politicians. This emphasis has seemed to create a ‘fear’ of crime and developed a penal system based on popularity. As criminologist Jonathan Simon described the ‘fear years’ of 1970s USA, I hope to outline a period of fear years in the UK. The topic has been in the headlines for some decades, however I feel that it was the 1990s when politics and crime seemed to escalate onto another level of ‘fear’....   [tags: crime, penal populism, youth] 2192 words
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Monsters: The Physical Embodiment of Fear - Monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. Monsters are the physical embodiment due to a wide variety of reasons. The most important being: Monsters’ apparent invulnerability/incredible strength, represent the bad part of society, most often look ugly, represent evil/nightmares itself, are intelligent, and some deviate from the norms are the reasons why monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. Monsters’ incredible characteristics are what strike fear into the hearts of others. In many myths, monsters are a weakness to societies....   [tags: Character Analysis] 868 words
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Using Fear to Control the Masses - ... The Party uses the telescreens to watch the citizens. The people however are already scared of the Party and become even more fearful around a telescreen. If they do anything wrong, there is a chance that the government will come in the night and take them away to be vaporized. A similar thing occurs in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. Tessie Hutchinson, a woman of the small town, is chosen in the lottery. The lottery is an annual event that occurs to take one person and stone them to death to keep the population to a minimum....   [tags: George Orwell, Shirley Jackson]
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Studies of Dental Fear and Anxiety - The dental fear and anxiety is an emotional distress condition that may lead to poor oral health in children, adolescents and adults. Researches of several studies investigated the origin, influence factors, physical and physiological responses, and types of management and intervention for dental phobia through various sources. Qualitative study utilized YouTube to gain insight to the public's perspective of dental fear and anxiety and understand the psychological impact in children and adolescents....   [tags: children, adolescents, adults, distress, phobia]
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Dangers of Fear of Medical Procedures - According to the Oxford Dictionary, a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear towards something. Phobias are normally compared to ‘fears’. Usually fear is a normal part of life, as there are many things in life that seem to cause persons a slight sense of irritability, such as, insects, thieves, or even having operations. It is theorized that most people have a certain level of ‘sensible’ anxiety when faced with the vision of a medical treatment, especially when it might be ‘invasive’. Most humans show a tendency to be squeamish at the sight of blood, for instance....   [tags: phobia, heath, diagnosing ] 635 words
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Epicurus's Philosophy on the Fear of Death - Death, and people's perception of it are a major part of many philosophies. It could be argued that the questions surrounding death and the afterlife form the basis of many philosophic concepts. To some philosophers, not only is the concept of death itself important, but also how people perceive it, and why they perceive it the way they do. Epicurus's claim that the soul is mortal, is an excellent explanation for why we should not fear death. To understand Epicurus's philosophy on the fear of death, we fist have to understand Epicurus's perception of the universe, and why he believes the soul is mortal....   [tags: mortal soul, body and void, philosopher]
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Coping With Fear in Life of Pi - There are many conventional methods to coping with one’s fears but the most effective is by facing it. In the novel, Life of Pi, the main character, Pi, is one of astonishment; even through the darkest points in his life, he is still able to somehow remain both faithful and hopeful. Pi clings to his religious faith as a way of coping with his fears as opposed to acknowledging conventional methods. He is able to do so through praying, storytelling and various interpretations. Fear takes a lot out of an individual as it can be the very substance that destroys them....   [tags: Life of Pi Essays]
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Can Reaction To Fear Be Predicted? - The idea of fear is a remarkable one. From an evolutionary stand point it is a necessity that helps to protect animals, including humans, from injury or other dangerous situations. But what happens when that fear is either unfounded or a profound overreaction. Why does one person act in the face of fear while others are paralyzed. Is there any way to predict who will act and who will not. That is the main question asked by Peter Norton and Brandon Weiss; Is there a way to predict those that will confront their fears....   [tags: Psychology]
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How to Overcome a Fear of Change - “Thought processes and relationship dynamics are fundamental if change is to be successful.” (Lynco Assoc.) People fear change because it pushes them out of their comfort zone. One of the greatest fears in the world is the fear of the unknown. Although fear can create a large amount of energy in a person, you can choose to use that energy in a positive manner and take control of the situation. Focus on your convictions; be confident in your abilities and be proud of the work that you do. Do not allow insecurities to damage your focus....   [tags: Psychology, Comfort Zone] 516 words
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Lucretius' Writing on the Fear of Death - At the most basic level of subconscious thought, every living animal possesses a desire to stay alive. Usually, this instinct lays dormant, although in dire situations, we can be led to do unexpected things. In addition to this subconscious drive, there is a socially constructed motivation for fearing death. Thanks to the pervasive nature of religion throughout history, much of humanity has, at some point or another, feared the prospect of eternal damnation and torture during one’s life after death....   [tags: Philosophy] 1129 words
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Is it Anxiety a Fact or Fear? - Anxiety affects over 40 million people in this world right now and two thirds of the people suffering will never receive treatment. Anxiety is considered the most common mental illness in America today. Anxiety is a cluster of mental disorders that can affect anyone, no matter age, height, weight, sex, or race. However, certain combinations of these can put one at more risk. These disorders can be extremely impairing and can also affect relationships as well as social life and work opportunities....   [tags: ptsd, mental illness, anxiety development]
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The Relationship between Fear and Hatred - 1. Fear and hatred have a simple, yet sometimes illusive relationship. Numerous people, including Shakespeare, have defined this relationship to be that hatred originates from fear. In the first five chapters of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s seemingly unrelated fear of weakness generates his unequivocal hatred toward unfortunate recipients. Okonkwo has a “fear of failure and of weakness” (13), which is exemplified by his father who “was in fact a coward and could not bear the sight of blood” (6)....   [tags: Okonkwo's Things Fall Apart] 627 words
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Fear and Tension in Great Expectations - How does Dickens create an atmosphere of fear and tension in the opening chapters of Great Expectations. Explain briefly how effectively these chapters prepare the reader for the revelations at the end of the second stage of Pip’s expectations and expose the frailty of Pip’s assumptions about the identity of his benefactor. Charles Dickens successfully creates an atmosphere of fear and tension in the opening chapters by using characters to a remarkable effect, amplifying the differences between the two most important characters....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 1649 words
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Society's Fear and Fascination with Crime - In today’s society the term ‘crime’ could be described as a buzzword. It could be argued that today’s society is both fearful of, and fascinated by, crime. There have been many explanations as to why society is increasingly both fearful and fascinated by the crime problem in the UK. This essay will outline what is meant by the term ‘crime’; will present evidence that society is both fascinated by and fearful of crime and discuss what factors may be contributing to this. Crime is legally defined as “acts which break or contravene the letter of the law” (Mooney et al., 2004, pg 6)....   [tags: criminal, United Kingdom, sociology, ] 797 words
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A Submissive Movement: Fear or Devotion - ... 36). The natural disasters spread fear throughout the land. This fear was caused by the belief that God was responsible for the natural disasters and plague that cursed the area. The catholic belief at that time was that God created the world and was still heavily influenced by Him (Byrne p. 86). With his belief then it is easy to say that the disasters at the time were believed to be brought upon the population by God. The reason why God caused these disasters was also believed to be because his followers’ sins were far too many and thus he needed to purge the population of sinners (Article p....   [tags: brotherhood of the flagellants]
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The Cold War: An Era of Fear - ... The 38th parallel was the border between South and North Korea before the war. The United States provided 88% of the soldiers sent by the United Nations. Both armies drove deep into enemy territory but they were both unsuccessful of winning the war. After three hard years of war neither side was able to reach victory. The war reached a stalemate in 1953. The 38th parallel would become the border once again. Many books of the Korean War would be written long after the war. During this war something had been scaring the American public....   [tags: soviet union, nuclear bomb] 2076 words
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The Fear of Islam and Muslims - A pregnant Muslim Egyptian woman was stabbed to death in a German courtroom in 2009. The twenty-eight year old German man repeatedly stabbed her sixteen times. She bled to death in front of her child and husband (“Islamophobia” Global n.p.). Islamophobia is a relatively new term that refers to the fear of Islam and Muslims Some sources also include discrimination and hostility towards Muslims in their definition. Therefore, Islamophobia can be defined as the irrational fear of and hostility towards Islam and Muslims (“Islamaphobia” Opposing n.p)....   [tags: Islamaphobia]
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Cue and Contextual Fear Conditioning - Fear conditioning is a commonly used behavioral paradigm to test an organism’s ability to create associations and learn to avoid aversive stimuli. There are two methodologies: cue and contextual fear conditioning (Kim & Jung, 2006). In cued fear conditioning, a neutral conditioned stimulus (CS) is paired with an aversive unconditioned stimulus (US) which activates a strong unconditioned fear responses (UR). After a continued training period, the neutral CS is now able to activate a conditioned response (CR)....   [tags: stimulus, condition training] 1476 words
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The Physical Effects of Fear - Fear is an emotion that most everyone is familiar with. The psychological effects of fear are readily apparent but many people are unaware of the physical effects. Some of these are major; others are so minor they go unnoticed. The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti who lived during the 20th century said “What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” Understanding the physiology of fear may provide a foundation for better coping and treatment strategies in the future....   [tags: fight or flight response, ] 888 words
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Faith in Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard - Kierkegaard believes that true faith can only be attained through a double movement of giving up rationality or logic, while at the same time believing one can understand logically. In “Fear and Trembling” Kierkegaard relates true faith to the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith; in this paper, I will examine this claim and show why Kierkegaard’s analogy is an excellent metaphor for the double movement which is required in one’s quest to attain faith and why. Kierkegaard’s position on faith is represented with the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith....   [tags: Faith Literary Analysis]
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The Distance Between Fear and Freedom - To what does the “law” mean to you. To a woman assaulted on the street, the law is protection. To our kids growing up in America, the law is group of men and women that they aspire to be like when they grow up. Unless you are a teenager of course…then the law usually is come to thought of as a nuisance and unwanted. Though these are great interpretations of what the “law” is to others, in Franz Kafka’s “Before the Law”, it rather represents the distance between fear and freedom. Life or Death. In this story, a man comes from the country to an open gate....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard -   In the book Fear and Trembling the constant use of “I”, “me”, “my”, and “you” is the way that Nothomb tries to convey to the reader how the Japanese actually go against their claim of being a collective society. Nothomb reveals, through tone, the hypocrisy of the Japanese via characterization in order to illustrate that individualism is present in every society. There are three key Japanese characters that Amélie encounters that help prove (find a better word) this point. Fubuki • SELFISH-LIKE TONE In the collective society of Japan there is a certain stigma about women like Fubuki that set them apart....   [tags: notromb, individualism, society] 524 words
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Holdens Fear of the Adult World - In life there comes a time where you think that everyone wants to see you fail and are “phoney”. This particular time happens mostly in the teen stages of life as they are usually trying to find there identities. Holden Caufield, a teen was a high school student at a boy's high school called Pency Prep, which he got kicked out from. He feels as though he had fought the world and lost, everyone is against him, just out there to see him fail. After getting kicked out he journeys out to New york city where he faces some of the toughest times in his life surrounded by “phony” adults that Holden would never want to become....   [tags: Character Analysis] 747 words
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Greek Mythology: Fear of the Unknown - Title Greek Mythology: Fear of the Unknown The ancient Greeks lived in an influential and creative time. Music filled the streets, sculptures towered over the city and masterpieces hung on walls everywhere. Children were being educated which led to great philosophers in the future. This city-state was flourishing and is now known today as one of the most advanced ancient civilizations. As progressive as these people were sadly, they were held back by their own beliefs. The fear of a raging hurricane controlled by Poseidon or one of Zeus’s deadly lightning bolts left people scared that these awful things could happen to them which made following the lessons of the stories a lot easier th...   [tags: Ancient Greeks, Zeus, Poseidon] 1827 words
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The Depths of Fear: Peter Benchley - The world’s oceans, they cover a great majority of our planet. According to scientists, we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about what’s in the waters of our own planet. Even with advancing science we still don’t know very much about them. So imagine what it was like back around the 1970’s, it was already a time of great fear, and to some extent, paranoia in the United States with the threat of nuclear war and multiple other new threats emerging. Surprisingly, although it was known that there were dangerous things in the sea, nobody seemed to pay that much mind to it....   [tags: Authors]
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Fear of Being Persecuted and Schizophrenia - There are many things people fear in this world. Most fears are due to lack of knowledge or understanding about someone or something. Those with abnormal behavior have always been feared and persecuted. During ancient times, abnormal behavior was seen as evil spirits taking its toll on the human body. In order to release those evil spirits, a form of surgery called trephination was discovered, in which an instrument was used to cut a circular hole in the skull. Along the years, other forms of methods were used to cleanse the body of evil spirits....   [tags: abnormal behavior, crisis intervention] 1406 words
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Fear and Hope in Marigolds - Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds” is a memoir of a colored girl living in the Great Depression. The story does not focus on the troubles society presents to the narrator (Elizabeth), but rather is focused on the conflict within her. Collier uses marigolds to show that the changes from childhood to adulthood cause fear in Elizabeth, which is the enemy of compassion and hope. “Marigolds” is about change. Collier chose a “fourteen-going-on-fifteen” (1) year old girl because the transition from childhood to adulthood adds layers of conflict to the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Eugenia Collier] 657 words
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Fear: A Controlling Human Emotion - Human emotions get the best of us during times of extreme distress, panic, anger, loneliness, etc. We are slaves to our psyche since it is our minds that control and provide our thought process, which directly relates to our own actions. Emotions occur naturally, automatically and are triggered by our surroundings and significant events that leave an impression on us. Emotions are basic human instinct. They are subconscious warnings and reactions to certain situations and to our surroundings. A simple example is someone experiencing the death of a loved one....   [tags: psychology] 943 words
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Medieval Religious Culture and Fear - To What Extent were Responses to Death Characterised by Fear in Medieval Religious Culture. This investigation will analyse responses to death in medieval religious culture. Relationships with death arguably varied between social classes, making it difficult to assert a generalised response to death. Death was commonplace amongst peasants and therefore few sources document it. Responses to death can be inferred by sermons, which were influential to the beliefs of lower classes. The nobility on the other hand, provided accounts of deaths and from these sources responses can be asserted....   [tags: chantries, indulgences, alms]
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Clinically Significant Fear and Anxiety - 1. What would be the criteria used to distinguish between clinically significant fear and anxiety, and everyday fear and anxiety. (198)First, we need to understand what fear and anxiety is. Fear is when the nervous system responds to a threat to ones well being. Anxiety is when there is a vague sense of danger. Both of these term help the body determine when action needs to be taken like “Fight” or “Flight”. When they both come clinically significant is when people can’t not live there normal lives without one or there other or both interfering....   [tags: abnormal psychology, phobias]
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The Amygdala Response to Fear - The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience examines an article on the amygdala response to fear faces and the way it is different between one’s own culture and other cultures. The amygdala is specialized in detecting threat and includes fearful facial expressions. The researchers of this study hypothesized that amygdala response is greater in individuals of their own culture. This study was conducted on both native Japanese participants and Caucasians in the United States. Functional brain imaging was acquired at two neuro-imaging facilities....   [tags: neuro-imaging studies, race]
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Machiavelli: The Power of Fear - Niccolo Machiavelli stressed that “one ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved…for love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.” He felt that a true leader must be cunning and deceptive, winning the hearts of his people through power and influence. If he could not be liked, he could at least get by knowing he has intimidated these below him into submission....   [tags: Essays on Machiavelli] 852 words
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The Root of All Fear - In The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky said, “…fear is simply the consequence of every lie.” Dostoevsky is stating how people are afraid of what will happen when their lie(s) is/are put out in the open. Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. This line suggests that people are afraid of the truth, which inevitably is the consequence of every lie. Even though this quote was written by a 19th century author it can still relate to texts that were made centuries prior....   [tags: Macbeth, Oedipus the King] 720 words
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Fear and Loathing in Russia - Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, the father of modern political philosophy, was born in Florence, Italy during the renaissance. Machiavelli is best known for The Prince which he wrote in 1532. In The Prince, Machiavelli offers political advice on an array of matters, such as whether as a leader it is better to be loved or feared. Machiavelli's philosophy can be related back to the Russian Tsars and Tsarinas. A specific quote that shows this is, “Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince....   [tags: leader, soldier, politics] 796 words
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Male Fear in Historic Literature - In reading many of the works of the authors of our past such as William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Kalidasa we tend to see a reoccurring theme in many of the works of times past. This theme that I speak of is the male fear or opinion that a woman has to be a pure and sacred to be considered of any worth or value. This opinion is not specific to any certain time period in time or held by author by a certain region. In fact this particular theme can be seen from European stories to tales from the far east in places such as India as seen in the tales of Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection and Ramayana....   [tags: feminism, Chaucer, Kalidasa, shakespeare,] 2164 words
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Fear Of The Color Black - How would you describe African American men. Stereotyping is a way of placing general characteristics on a certain group of people. Racial stereotypes of African Americans were prevalent in the United States during the nineteenth century. Whites became associated with positive meanings such as superiority, safety, and cleanness while African Americans became associated with negative meanings such as sexual monsters, dangerous, and deviance. For example, The Scottsboro trial was about nine black youths charged with raping two white women in the state of Alabama....   [tags: African American, racism, black men]
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Fear of Crime Among Immigrants - Fear of Crime among Immigrants A crime is an act against the law. Even though police systems and prisons justify an unlawful act committed, crime continues to happen every day and every minute. People commit crimes for reasons such as problems with relationships, jealousy, anger, and money. Those against the surge of immigrants believe that immigrants cause the increase of crime rates in the U.S. On the contrary, those for immigrants believe that they instead reduce the rate of crime in the U.S....   [tags: Crime, Police Systems, Law Enforcememt]
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Red Scare Fear by Hitler - ... To prevent even the discussion of Socialism or Communism all democratic liberties are destroyed. The most influential profit makes form a partnership with the Fascist politicians for the complete control of the state so that the power of police and soldiers may be used to punish all dissenters.” (Miller, p.74) Politically, Hitler associated inequality with Communism, and implemented new policies, such as greater pension and less unemployment, to attract more people, even communists when they saw such better opportunities....   [tags: nazi party, self-interest] 1364 words
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The Word "Cancer" Strikes Fear - ... A sporadic cell change or mutation is usually what causes childhood cancer. (“Cancer in Children”) As mentioned, some cancers have been associated with repetitive exposures to specific environmental influences or risk factors. A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. A risk factor does not necessarily cause the disease, but it may make the body less resistant to it. Genetic disorders and cell mutations are known to alter the immune system. The immune system is a complex system that functions to protect our bodies from infection and disease....   [tags: tumor, cell mutation, survivor] 1693 words
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On-Going Fear of AIDS - AIDS isn’t a disease people have known about since the 1800s. In fact, it wasn’t even known as AIDS until a couple years after its discovery in the 1980s. Before, it was called Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease, or GRID (“Natural History of HIV/AIDS”). And because of the fact it wasn’t discovered until the 1980s, people feared the disease and still do to this day. It’s been thirty years and many are still not properly educated about AIDS (Hawkins 16). The fear, stigmatization, and discrimination of people with AIDS and the disease in general have many underlying factors....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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Fear in Today's Schools - The role of our schools is to give an education to children and get them ready for lives as adults. As with many other aspects of our society today, our school systems have issues that make this goal hard to accomplish. These issues range from the small, such as the cafeteria food being disgusting, to big problems, like no respect between teachers and students. One problem not completely looked at in depth is fear. Fear is in our lives everyday; from being scared of a little spider, to being scared of having no one to sit with at the lunch table....   [tags: teach, lesson, students, teachers] 771 words
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From Fear to Courage - From Fear to Courage When new soldiers go to fight in a war, they never know what’s coming. Although events are preserved in stories by the veterans, nothing can capture the real thing. Seeing everything up close and personal can change a person dramatically. Soldiers may never be the same after traumatic events such as these. Wars test a person and shows how strong not just physically, but mentally, one is. Stephen Crane, throughout his novel, The Red Badge of Courage, creates three distinct tones by utilizing the stylistic devices of imagery and figurative language, which reinforce Crane’s fearful, unworthy and courageous attitude on the realities of war....   [tags: Classic American Literature]
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Constant Fear within Society - Fear is an emotion, which is impossible for humans to not face in their lives. Some may experience that fear because of their government. When there is fear throughout the society, it keeps the people within that society obedient and reliant on the government. The constant sense of terror is what could keep people hopeless and scared to express their own thoughts and beliefs. The role of violence is used by the totalitarian government of 1984 by George Orwell to gain complete control over their citizens by using violence physically, psychologically, and motivationally towards the people of Oceania....   [tags: phycially, psychologically, motivationally] 1452 words
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Fear of public speaking - Your chest is tight and you feel like you’re on fire. Your chest is tight ant you’re burning up. The flash cards in your hands are crumpled from you squeezing them obsessively. You look up and see dozens of eyes staring at you, waiting expectantly. Taking a deep breath, you stumble through the speech. When it’s finally over, you practically run back to your seat, cheeks flaming bright red. You slump down, already dreading the next time you’ll have to deal with your upmost fear: public speaking. For as long as I can remember, public speaking has always been one of my greatest weaknesses....   [tags: education, weakness]
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Our Fear of Death - “No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew well.” –Plato. This quote stresses that death is a natural part of life that everyone will have to deal with, and for most, it is a very uneasy subject which most try to avoid. But why do we all try to avoid the subject of death. I do not believe we are scared of death itself, we fear what will happen after death. Death has been the one the top debated matters for thousands of years in view of the fact that individuals have different views depending on religion or just personal belief....   [tags: religion, reincarnation, nirvana] 771 words
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Life of Fear: Laos - There is a small country in Southeast Asia of just over six and a half million people called Laos. (“Laos Demographics Profile…”). The six and a half million residents of Laos live in a country where human rights violations occur frequently. The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic is a country under a one party communist rule (“Laos Country…”). Laos is a coutry still developing, with most of the population in small areas. Often instead of cities you will find people in villages. In Laos, disappearances of human rights activists are worryingly frequent with the government regime denying their part in the kidnapping of these people....   [tags: human rights, violations, communism, Asia]
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Fear of Educated Women - ... (Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?) If a woman is able to think for themselves what kind of atrocities will they come up with, polluting a society with emotions, ignorance, stab men with their books and minds. The craving for male dominance and power over women is a worldwide and longstanding issue. This dominance manifests itself in many ways around the world, difference in pay for the same work, legal disparities, discrimination, separate expectations, and in rape and other physical and direct violence....   [tags: Terrorism, Male-Controlled Scoiety] 705 words
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