16. Fear Quiz
Would you feel afraid if:
1. You woke up in the middle of a nightmare?
2. You were driving and narrowly escaped a fatal
3. You found yourself falling from a high
4. You were going to lose your job?
5. Your child was seriously ill?
6. A policeman stopped you and you didn't
know what for?
7. You were told that you had three months left
8. You came under fire for the first time?
9. You were burgling a house?
10. You had to go to consult a psychiatrist?
11. You were coming up to retirement age?
12. You were high in the mountains and you had to
cross a raging torrent on a rope?
13. You had to sleep in a haunted house alone?
14. You had failed to do a job you had promised
someone you would do.
15. You had an appointment at the dentist's in 10
16. The doctor said you needed an operation?
17. Your exams were coming up soon?
18. You were walking down a dark city street and
someone stepped out of the shadows in front of you?
19. You were alone at home and suddenly you heard a
loud noise in another room?
20. A black cat crossed your path?
21. Your boat was sinking?
22. A dog ran at you in the street growling?
23. You were in the middle of a forest alone at midnight?
20. What is fear?
1. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by
the presence or imminence of danger.
2. A feeling of distress, apprehension, or alarm
caused by impending danger, pain, etc.
3. An emotion experienced in anticipation of
some specific pain or danger (usually
accompanied by a desire to flee or fight).
21. What is Fear (2)?
What is Fear?
Emotions play an important part in our daily lives. Fear is
one such emotion that is pre-programmed into all
animals and people as an instinctual response to
As for what is fear biologically speaking, when a person
experiences fear, certain areas in their brain such as
the amygdala and the hypothalamus are immediately
activated and appear to control the first physical
response to fear. Chemicals such as adrenaline and the
stress hormone cortisol are released into the blood
stream causing certain physical reactions such as:
22. What is Fear (3)?
• Rapid heart rate
• Increased blood pressure
• Tightening of muscles
• Sharpened or redirected senses
• Dilation of the pupils (to let in more light)
• Increased sweating
• People who have experienced this will often remember the
moment when disaster stuck and how time seemed to slow
down. They knew exactly what to do without consciously
thinking about it, they had great strength (some have even
been able to lift a car to save their trapped child) and they
felt no pain. All these are protective mechanisms to
increase our chances of survival.
23. Fear Words
• 1. dread, horror, panic, terror, dismay, awe, fright, tremors,
qualms, consternation, alarm, trepidation, timidity, fearfuln
ess,blue funk (informal), apprehensiveness, cravenness I
shivered with fear at the sound of gunfire.
• 2. bugbear, bête
noire, horror, nightmare, anxiety, terror, dread, spectre, ph
obia, bogey, thing (informal) Flying was his greatest fear.
• 3. anxiety, concern, worry, doubt, nerves (informal), distres
s, suspicion, willies (informal), creeps (informal), butterflies
(informal), funk (informal), angst, unease, apprehension, mi
sgiving(s), nervousness, agitation, foreboding(s), uneasiness
,solicitude, blue funk (informal), heebie-
jeebies (informal), collywobbles (informal), disquietude His
fear might be groundless.
24. Common fears (1)
According to surveys, some of the most
common fears are of ghosts, the existence of
powers, cockroaches, spiders, snakes, heights,
spaces, tunnels, bridges, needles, social
rejection, failure, examinations and public
25. Common fears (2)
One top ten list of fears consisted of
flying, heights, clowns, intimacy, death, rejecti
on, people, snakes, failure, and driving.[
26. Common fears (3)
The top ten fears: terrorist
attacks, spiders, death, being a
failure, war, heights, criminal or gang
violence, being alone, the future, and nuclear
27. Types of Human Fears
1. Innate fears (the fears existing instinctively
from the time of birth):
a) Loud Noises
44. Men & Women
In general, women are far more fearful than
men. Twice as many were afraid of
heights, insects, deep water, flying or driving
in cars; three times as many were frightened
of darkness and four times as many were
frightened of elevators. They were also more
fearful of dogs, getting sick and dying.
45. Overcoming Fears and Phobias
1. Become aware of them.
2. Don’t avoid them.
3. Accept them
4. Learn about them.
5. Learn more about yourself.
6. Confront them.
7. Let go of them.
8. Enjoy your life!
9. Love this world!