When a child expresses a fear to an adult, it may seem trivial to the adult because the adult knows so much more about reality. However, we must remember that the child is honestly troubled and frightened. For the adult to downplay the child’s fears, does not acknowledge their right to have these feelings. When an adult truly listens to a child describe their fears, they can help the child to learn to confront and cope with them. Learning Fear
Children can learn to fear by imitating adults around them. Parents who are overly protective are basically giving the child the message that the parent doesn’t think the child can handle the situation themselves. Cognitive Influences – Young Children and Fear
Children perceive that they live in a world that revolves around them and may think that when something happens, such as a siren, that it will naturally affect them and be fearful of it. Young children also use “magical thinking”. They may believe that thinking something will make it happen. Young children are also beginning to differentiate between reality and fantasy. They may have difficulty distinguishing between the real world and a movie. Developmental Stages
The main fear in infancy is fear of the loss of being nurtured and later fear of things that are strange or not normally found in their environment, such as the dark, noises and strangers. The toddler may also experience the fear of the loss of love, or of their parent. These fears can be expressed as fear of punishment, abandonment, thunderstorms and death. Helping Children to Cope with Fears
Parents sometimes think that they should shield their child from information that might produce anxiety. Or at the other extreme, may overwhelm the child with too much information. In both cases, when a child asks a question, the parent should be honest and give them enough information to calm their curiosity. While determining what the...
Patricia M. Lassiter
Mr. Marcus Gamble
Are you afraid of the dark?
Fear of the dark, or nyctophobia, is a serious affliction that can lead to loss of sleep, heightened anxiety and even physical illness if it is not treated. Although most people associate fear of the dark with childish fears, persistent nyctophobia is a serious condition that should be treated with the help of a professional. A few tips can help mitigate the symptoms and effects of a fear of darkness and help begin the road to recovery.
In many cases, a phobia of the dark that persists into adulthood is tied to a particularly traumatic childhood experience, psychotherapist Phillip Hodson told Frostrup. However, most are treatable with cognitive behavioral therapy, according to Time's Healthland. In some instances, though, the underlying fear of the dark can be mistaken for a number of other phobias, or even general anxiety. According to "Fear Of The Dark" (2012), "People don’t necessarily know they have it. An individual may not be able to fall asleep once it's dark and their mind starts to wander. They think, ‘What if someone breaks into my house?’ Instead of realizing these associations may indicate a fear of the dark, they skip a step and assume they have a fear of burglars,” Carney told Healthland. ("Fear Of The Dark", 2012).
...Fear causes anxiety, and anxiety can cause fear. Throughout our lives, we experience circumstances that make us feel different emotions. Some situations make us experience positive feelings and emotions, such as joy and excitement. At other times, we experience things that bring about feelings of loneliness, loss, sadness, fear and anxiety.
Anxiety and fear both produce similar responses to certain dangers. Also, they both often cause similar symptoms, such as muscle tension, increased heart rate and shortness of breath brought about by the body’s “flight-or-fight” instinct. It is no surprise that for many of us fear and anxiety pretty much mean the same thing but indeed there is a difference.
Fear is known to be a cognitive and an emotional response to a situation in which someone feels threatened, related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance. The cause of the threat is realistic in nature. For example, if someone is chasing you with a knife, human instinct of fear is to run! Often times, fear of a certain situation or event is caused by a traumatic event experienced earlier in life. The effects of this traumatic event are carried by the person throughout his or her life to such an extent that when the individual finds himself or herself in a similar situation, he or she begins to feel the symptoms of being threatened. As a child I was bitten...
...anxiety. Childhood anxiety is panic attacks experienced by children due to various reasons. Other symptoms may include heart burns, cold sweats, and nightmares. For example, since I did not know how to deal with stress as a child, I was not able to make decisions on my own because of certain fears. If these anxiety attacks are not dealt with at an early age, they may result in further problems in the developmental process, potentially leading to death. Many would believe that childhood anxiety has very little effect in adulthood which is not true because unattended phobias or anxiety illnesses can have a dramatic effect on how a person functions in their later years.
Some would argue that one is born with certain disorders, but anxiety develops in a child through the interaction they have with their family members or the community. According to “What about me? Siblings of Children with an Anxiety Disorder” families with children who already experience anxiety disorders are more likely to develop them. One should not get this confused with genetics. Genetics do not have effect on how much anxiety a person experiences, rather it depends on the environment and the people one is around. So if a person is around someone who experiences anxiety disorders, such as their sibling, then they have a greater chance of developing this disorder compared to the general population. According to the same article in the...
Fear Induced Emotion on Motivation
University of Texas at Arlington
Anxiety is a psychological, physiological, and behavior state in humans and animals by a threat to well-being or survival, either potential or actual. Each of us has felt afraid, and we can all recognize fear in many animal species. The function state of fear is defined in terms of being caused by a particular pattern of adaptive behavior to avoid or cope with that threat. We have all been in a situation where we are in fear for our lives and we feel like we would go whatever and say whatever to get us out of this situation. Some psychological theories propose that fear is a biologically basic emotion of all humans and many other animals. Psychologist believe that there are different types of fears when can come into different types of environment. One of these fears are motivation/ personality which is fear of evolutionary danger, novelty, intensity, learning, and social activities. People tend to get fear and anxiety mixed up when in reality fear is usually conceptualized with a threatening stimulus, and anxiety is a more tonic state related to prediction and preparedness. Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing hear, fast breathing...
...claustrophobia is very important due to its impact on an individuals everyday life, since it affects a number of individuals throughout the world. A phobia is an anxiety disorder that is shown by an irrational fear of confined spaces. This phobia can cause a person to stay away form confined spaces such as a crowded store, sporting and social events, as well as elevators that could bring on this irrational fear. In society this can cause a person not to take part in certain events. This phobia can also lead to the interference with riding on public transportation such as a plane, train, bus or subway. In this our findings will be evident by the research provided. Each of these specific statements below, will help draw a conclusion about claustrophobia: 1) Fear of Restriction and Suffocation 2) The Reduction of Claustrophobia(Part 1) 3) The Reduction of Claustrophobia (Part 2) 4) Virtual Reality Treatment of Claustrophobia Claustrophobia 2 Fear of Restriction and Suffocation Claustrophobic fear is a combination of the fear of suffocation and the fear of confinement. The view on this topic is supported from the responses from a questionnaire done before, during, and after a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan was performed. Patients who successfully completed a MRI scan found they experienced fear of confinement not suffocation. These MRI scans were done in long...
Practical problem solving
Whatever it is that scares you, here are 10 ways to help you cope with your fear and anxiety:
1. Take time out
It feels impossible to think clearly when you’re flooded with fear or anxiety. A racing heart, sweating palms and feeling panicky and confused are the result of adrenalin. So, the first thing to do is take time out so you can physically calm down. Distract yourself from the worry for 15 minutes by walking around the block, making a cup of tea or having a bath. When you’ve physically calmed down, you’ll feel better able to decide on the best way to cope.
2. What’s the worst that can happen?
When you're anxious about something, be it work, a relationship or an exam, it can help to think through what the worst end result could be. Even if a presentation, a call or a conversation goes horribly wrong, chances are that you and the world will survive. Sometimes the worst that can happen is a panic attack.
If you start to get a faster heartbeat or sweating palms, the best thing is not to fight it. Stay where you are and simply feel the panic without trying to distract yourself. Placing the palm of your hand on your stomach and breathing slowly and deeply (no more than 12 breaths a minute) helps soothe the body.
It may take up to an hour, but eventually the panic will go away on its own. The goal is to help the mind get used to coping with panic, which takes the fear of...
...Mental Health Disorders in Parents: The Affects on Children and Youth
It has been reported that 21-23 percent of children have or have had atleast one parent with a mental health disorder. These statistics raise concern about the wellbeing of children with parents who possess a server mental illness and the resources not just for the parent, but the child or children affected. Children require numerous amounts of needs from their caregivers and an issue with parents who carry a severe mental health disorder is that the parents are unable to provide necessary needs due to their disorder and symptoms associated. Parents who possess a mental health disorder may unconsciously put their child at risk if proper attention isn’t given to the child’s development. Although these risks can be indirectly and unconsciously such as the social stigma attached to mental health disorders, mental effects on the child, genetic predisposition to mental illnesses themselves and the academic affects on the child’s achievement later in life. All these factors affect the overall family dynamics and functioning. For children to develop appropriately their home environment needs to be nourished with comfort, understanding, encouragement and curiosity and having a mental illness as a parent sometimes prohibits them from being able to understand their child’s development or how to challenge their child...
...Fear of failure is the motive to avoid failure in achievement situations. It is not difficult to imagine a Division I college basketball athlete at the foul line, with no time left on the clock and a tied score. Is it the fear of failure or the achievement of success that determines whether the athlete will make the shot? Athletes of all levels and abilities fear failure, because of different experiences and developments. The fear of failure can be developed for a number of reasons and how the athlete copes with failure determines their success.
A multidimensional, hierarchal model of fear of failure was created by David Conroy to attempt to analyze the different consequences of failing that lead to the fear of failure. Fear of failure can be represented in a hierarchal structure with five lower order factors and a single higher order factor, representing a general fear of failure. The five lower order fears of failing include fears of experiencing shame and embarrassment, fears of devaluing one’s self estimate, fears of having an uncertain future, fears of important others losing interest, and fears of upsetting important others (Conroy 2004). These fears show similar patterns with measures of self-talk, achievement goals, and contextual motivation. To...