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How do you determine if you  do not want to do something because it is a fear or you...

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christianman | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 27, 2009 at 8:20 AM via web

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How do you determine if you  do not want to do something because it is a fear or you just do not want to do it?

I am just trying to figure out if I have a fear or just dont want to do something. Thanks for your time.

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maxwli01 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 28, 2009 at 10:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger, it is a basic survival response to a specific stimulus such as pain or the threat of pain. With that said, you must ask yourself a few questions: Am I trying to avoid pain? Or is there a threat of pain involved? Is there a great reward involved?  With every great reward, there is a fear that must be overcome. Something else to consider is that fear is grounded in selfishness. If there is no desire to accomplish the task, one must ask themselves, "Am I being selfish for the sake of self-preservation?"  Fear and Love are complete opposites.

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