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Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat, which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavioral changes, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. (Read more...

Psychology Today

Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger that has been pivotal throughout evolution. If people didn’t feel fear, they wouldn’t be able to protect themselves from legitimate threats—which often had life-or-death consequences in the ancestral world. (Read more...)

Paul Ekman Group

Fear is one of the seven universal emotions experienced by everyone around the world. Fear arises with the threat of harm, either physical, emotional, or psychological, real or imagined. While traditionally considered a “negative” emotion, fear actually serves an important role in keeping us safe as it mobilizes us to cope with potential danger. (Read more...)


  1. What am I actually afraid of?

  2. Am I afraid of the process or the result?

  3. Do I feel that I can handle the process? Do I feel like I can handle the outcome?

  4. Do I feel confident in my abilities to perform?

  5. Do I feel that I have to perform and I don't want to?

  6. Am I pressuring myself to make a decision quickly when I don't have enough information?

  7. Can I get more information?

  8. Is my sense of worth at stake in this moment? If so, why? Can I drop the question of worthiness?

  9. Am I trying to protect myself from a particular outcome? If so, why? Am I actually not equipped to handle the outcome or do I just feel inadequate?

  10. Can I read a book, take a class, do a Google search to feel more knowledgeable?

  11. Do I know someone who has been in this position before who can provide detail around what currently feels abstract and scary? Would I be willing to ask them honest questions?

  12. Am I scared that I may make a mistake? Am I allowed to make mistakes?

  13. Am I scared or was I told this is scary and so I am adapting another's fear?

  14. Am I scared of being wrong? Is my self worth tied to being right? If so, why? Can I allow myself to be wrong?

  15. Am I scared of feeling a feeling, because the feeling is overwhelming?

  16. Can I allow myself to feel an overwhelming feeling and know that it will pass?

  17. Am I putting all my eggs in one basket and pressuring myself to succeed on the first attempt? Is there a way to diversify my efforts?

  18. Am I scared of what another person might think of me?

  19. If a person has a negative opinion of me, what impact will that actually have on my day to day life?

  20. When was the last time I felt this fear? Will I be able to handle this situation differently than the last time I felt this specific fear?


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