Whoever does not understand his fear does not know his opponent

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Whoever does not understand his fear does not know his opponent

Our fears are the enemies that paralyze us, which are only in our mind and prevent us from adopting the necessary behaviors to be well.

Last update: April 26, 2022

Often unfounded fears about what can go wrong or harm us in the future are among the main causes of dissatisfaction. We all have some fears that cause us to avoid some crucial situations in our life. Whoever does not understand his fear, therefore, does not know his main adversary, or rather himself.



Fears arise from past experiences. In the process of socialization from infancy to maturity we acquire the fears of the closest and most influential people, albeit unconsciously. If these people are a point of reference for us, their fears indicate dangers and unpleasant situations to avoid.

If we drag fears for a long time and allow them to grow and occupy a large space in our daily life, we give them the opportunity to become a recurring filter, among the many we use to process reality.

In order for this not to happen, it is good to know where these fears come from and to take action. Faced with fear: action and commitment.

"The challenge is with oneself, the opponent is inside."

When the motivation is fear

Fear is a primitive emotion that has allowed the survival of the human species. Like any emotion, it performs a functional action, but when it exceeds certain limits it becomes one of the most harmful emotions.

If fear takes control of our life, it will be controlled by anxiety and from irrational behaviors, which can cause profound depression.


When we act out of fear, we don't enjoy life, we just try to stifle the discomfort we feel. There are many types of fears. An individual may be afraid of specific elements such as ghosts, dogs, water, pigeons, etc., but there are also other more widespread fears, such as the fear of talking to strangers, starting something new, speaking in public, flying.


The list of fears can be endless, and a fear can have different meanings and manifestations for each individual, although the strategies for overcoming them are similar or effective for most people.

To face our fears, we must relax, calm down and observe objectively, contrasting with the facts that have occurred, so that our reaction is appropriate and positive. If we can't kill monsters, let's train them.

fear is always willing to see things worse than they are

Whoever does not understand his fear does not know his opponent

The first step in overcoming our fears is to understand their origin. Meditation and self-evaluation mark the way to understand ourselves and meet our true adversary.

Where do our fears come from? Fear can come from something we have been told, from something we have observed, or from past experiences. Once we know the cause, we can start working to overcome it. To identify it, it is good to examine the beliefs that support it.

The beliefs that lead us to fear are excessive thoughts that are activated in the absence of a real threat. In these situations there is a distortion in the fear circuit. Specifically, a distortion in our emotions caused by our beliefs.


Our fears are the enemies that paralyze us, which are only in our mind and prevent us from adopting the necessary conduct in our daily life in the absence of real external reasons.

Identifying and addressing them will make us see that most of these fears are excessive and are simply the result of our own insecurities.


When we are in a period that does not give us well-being and we want to escape, the best thing we can do is take action. To achieve this, we must embark on a journey within ourselves, without losing sight of external references.


Whoever does not understand his fear does not advance. To avoid this and regain well-being, it is necessary to check whether the aforementioned is real or imaginary. In case it is real, the ideal is to observe the situation in which you find yourself, think about the possible actions to be taken and make a decision. In case it is imaginary, you can keep in mind what is said in this article!

"Nobody reaches the top in fear"

-Publio Siro-

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