Escape from fear

COVID-19: Fear of fear — Antonella Giannini

Referring to the previous text, I will identify some threads of the emotional plot that envelopes and even imprisons us.

In COVID-19 times, we escape from fear (we have a fear of fear).

FEAR is a powerful emotion that makes us experience unpleasant feelings and perceptions.

  • a state of constant tension;
  • a continuous restlessness;
  • an incessant overthinking that increases our uncertainty until becoming anxious;
  • an emotional amplification and acceleration;
  • a pressure on the chest and stomach holding them in a vice, gripping our breath, and speeding up the heartbeat. Who likes to live this?

No one! Yet, some emotions are important to warn us of what is happening in reality.

In the excerpt from the book, the bell-ringer had carried out this critical function, though, as we already saw, people ignored it, with dramatic consequences.

Self-destructive thoughts

Why do we worry instead of caring (looking for a solution)? Why do we overlook the danger (escape from fear) or stop considering it?

Brooding over problems does not help us solve them; it works as a mechanism which repeats itself, regardless of reality. It’s an auto-feeding loop: it grows bigger as we feed it with our attention (that is, when we give too much importance to some thoughts). I often hear many people say: “it is stronger than I”, “I just can’t stop those thoughts”. They feel weak and helpless.

In fact, simplifying to the utmost, they feel bad when they focus their attention on a spiral of self-destructive thoughts.

Welcome emotions

How can we prevent this?

Introspective researchers stop overthinking and switch to intuitive listening.

Intuitive listening varies from moment to moment to better adhere to a changing reality.

It bases on it and not on its interpretation.

We should succeed, even for a little while, to free ourselves from the dramatized interpretations of the external reality that the mind transmits to us (interpreting them according to its schemes), and turn inward.

We could observe the emotional turbulence and welcome emotions without censoring or inhibiting them.

Then, slowly, slowly, we can listen.

Intuitive listening, instead of overthinking,

Intuitive listening helps to manage daily life.

If instead we continue overthinking, then we surrender to the mechanisms of mind that, disconnected from reality, make us feel weak, tired, demotivated, disoriented, defeated.

Connecting to the foregoing text, we should not escape from fear and listen instead to the bell-ringer. We should accept his warning instead of attacking him with anger.

We will accept fear without inhibiting it and, after remaining vigilant, look for solutions.

They will then emerge from intuition, the only reliable guide to follow in hard times like the ones we are living now.

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