Be Afraid : a Study About the Positive Effects of Fear Into Human Activities

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Be Afraid : A study about the positive effects of Fear into Human Activities

A Research Paper Presented to
Ms. Ann Millaine Taylan-Ambayec
Mapua Institute of Technology

In Partial Fulfillment
Of the course requirement in
English for Academic Purposes 2
(ENG11)

By:
Jan Allen R. Ledesma
Jan Julien R. Nicolas
Patrisha Anne G. Orante
Gethsemane Achaia B. Reyes
Maria Lilian T. Tongson

June 2011

Table of Contents
I.Abstract3
II.Body4
III.Conclusion11
IV.References13
V.Appendices
A.Interview Questions14
B.Interview Transcript17

Abstract
Fear is a powerful emotion that can be channelled, transformed, and utilized in a positive way –if and when people are willing to face it and move through it consciously. It is an essential part of growth and can be used in a positive way for authenticity and fulfilment – if people were willing to deal with it in a direct, honest, and conscious way. It is not only a person can sense danger in an effective way but also means that he is able to recognize fear as the natural response that it is. (Robbin, n.d.) This research aims to find out the positive effects of fear to human activity. This study will show how fear can help a person in developing way of thinking and decision making. Moreover, it will help a person deal with fear in an optimistic way. When talking about fear, people come to think that it can paralyse one’s life. As a result, people tend to suffer such anxiety disorders, stress-related illnesses, insomnia, etc. The researchers are trying to figure out why people experience fear, what causes fear, the effects of fear, how do people overcome fear, etc. For supplementary information, the researchers conducted an interview with Mr. Armando Aguado, a psychology professor in Mapua Institute of Technology-Intramuros campus. The information gathered from the interviewee was related to the information gathered from the professional books, online references and periodicals. The research had found out positive effects exist behind those negative effects of fear. First, it can take away a person from risk or danger. People usually avoid something that will cause them hazard. Fear has also something to do with health. Whenever a person sense danger or confrontation, whether real or imagination, a gland situated in their kidneys releases a mixture of chemicals commonly known as adrenaline. The researchers also proved that fear can help develop one’s way of thinking and decision making. People tend to deal with their fear optimistically, remembering that everyone gets hurt and there’s nothing wrong with it because it is a natural response to something. Lastly, because of fear, people learn to be more free and authentic.

Be Afraid: A study about the positive effects of Fear into Human Activities “What you resist persist”; a famous quotation from Carl Jung which is incredibly true in every aspect of life and particularly as it relates to a person’s fear. Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain and so on, whether the threat is real or an imagination, which usually affects one’s activities. (Robbins, n.d.) It is neither the nuclear weapons nor the nature’s awesome wonders (e.g. earthquakes, hurricane) that ruin one’s life but the thoughts and the ideas of the mind. This study is about the positive effects of fear to human activities. Some may argue that there’s nothing positive regarding fear at all. However, it has something valuable to teach by knowing, appreciating, admitting, owning, embracing and eventually using it as a tool on a person’s path toward greater authenticity. (Robbins, n.d.) Fear can undeniably destruct and affect one’s process of thinking, behaviour or even life itself. It will avert a person from making optimistic changes in his life and thus hinders him from recovery of depression and...
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