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Fear In The Psyche Essay

1395 words - 6 pages

I came to this class with no previous cogitation about the fragile subject of psychology. Little did I know, human thought turned out to be very thought-provoking. This class has put a big lens over my views of human behavior. I once believed that I could easily pinpoint the motivation of every human action and reaction, but now I realize that human motivation comes from places beyond the conscious level. I never really stopped to imagine what my teachers in elementary school meant when they told me to be open-minded. The human brain can never be completely open to the innumerous thoughts and feelings flooding through it. Our brain operates on certain basic principles, which conspire to make a sense of self-actualization that is pleasant. You can trace the evolution of human thought back to the days when nothing roamed the earth except shadows and dust. For example, an easily identifiable and universal moral of mankind would be that homicide is something a human being should never want to do. People have to ask themselves why this belief arose in their morals. Despite the fact that a homicidal person might be wasting food, the real reason people don't want killers is fear. Fear is an amazing concept that our brain was founded on. It seams that fear is directly or indirectly linked to every action of every person on this planet.If you think about it the entire race is a quivering, cowardly mass of optimistic nomads. I'm writing this paper because I'm afraid of failing the class, feeling disappointed, being unhappy, being lambasted by my parents, wasting my time, losing my time, failing college, and failing life. I think courage is an artificial word, used to lift the spirits of men. There would never be a reason to do anything brave, unless you were afraid of the consequences. A person that runs into a burning building to save someone is just as brave as the bystanders gasping in horror across the street. The person was brave for running into the building because they were afraid of seeing the stranded woman die; however, the person standing on the sidewalk was also brave because they were afraid of dying from the fire so they stayed away. For some people there is simply a hierarchy of fears and this is what motivates an individual through life. It's interesting to imagine where this concept of fear fist arrived. The first living organism could have been something small that reproduced out of necessity, like how I walk out of necessity. Eventually, as the species mutated and grew more complex, their brains developed one of the first basic fears: the fear of extinction. Now one could easily trace fear to the human mind. The first species that evolved the concept of fear prospered so well they remained and evolved. As the complexity of the species grew, so did the evolution of the fear they knew. After my fetish with fear subsides, I have to imagine a world where there is no fear. With the assertion that fear motivates...

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