If You Had No Fear
Fear diminishes imagination in adults. This is the main reason they do not set goals and pursue them wholeheartedly. There are seven major psychological fears that affect people around the world:
1. Atychiphobia, the fear of failure. It is unhealthy to think that personal ideas, dreams, goals, and passions are not really worth pursuing because they inevitably lead to failure. Even failure teaches people lessons and gives them the resilience to move on.
2. Peniaphobia, the fear of going broke. People cannot achieve financial goals without taking risks; however, they can put plans in place that ensure that going broke never happens. This fear should inspire people to make smart, aggressive decisions to decrease their spending and increase their incomes.
3. Xenophobia, the fear of the unfamiliar. People with this fear create their own prisons. Their worlds become tiny, and they stop growing and learning. Instead, they should try new experiences that allow them to escape their daily routines.
4. Monophobia, the fear of being alone. This fear keeps people from becoming independent and making their own decisions. Strategies for conquering this fear include seeking support from online groups, easing into solitary activities, and seeking out personal adventures.
5. Kakorrhaphiophobia, the fear of rejection. This fear robs people of the innocence and imagination of their youth. In some cases, however, enduring rejection eventually leads to the acceptance of an idea. Actively seeking rejection helps people build up immunity to it over time.
6. Thanatophobia, the fear of death. This is probably the most complicated fear of all. Because death is inevitable, worrying about it is utterly counterproductive. Making a will or purchasing life insurance may help alleviate this fear.
7. Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. This is the combination of many other fears, including kakorrhaphiophobia and atychiphobia. Speaking naturally, preparing as far in advance as possible, and rehearsing in front of friends and family can help people overcome glossophobia.