The First Part of a Ten Part Series on Anxiety and Stress
What is Fear?
Fear relates to a person, an object, or an event taking place right in front of you. It is a reaction to a dangerous looking person, a loud noise, or seeing an unfriendly looking animal on the path ahead. Anxiety, on the other hand, is vague and ill-defined. I’ll cover it in my next blog post.
Normal fear addresses a realistic danger. As such, fear is within the normal range of emotions and keeps us safe from danger. The First Principle in the book of Proverbs, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7), is closely related to the idea of fear as safety.
The fear of the Lord ultimately keeps our life safe, because out of submission to Him, we are alerted to and kept from things that would hurt us.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Raleigh NC February 23, 2016