How to Identify Your Fears

Congratulations How to Identify Your Fears is where your journey begins.  Discover your inter-self while smelling the roses along the way.   We start with the big three. 

A. Personality Types are Important in How to Identify Your Fears.

Personality types are made up of many traits.  Individual traits are intangible emotions that encourage, protect, and guide us through life.  Many are hard-wired into our brains.  Some are learned, while others are environmentally induced.  But all combine to serve beneficial functions from reproduction to protection.  Together they form the building blocks of our health and happiness.

Understanding the importance begins with a click on the Read More link to discover their origins.  You’ll be amazed at all the connections. 

Although there are hundreds of traits that fit into each personality type, they have been divided into two general categories.  Extrinsic and Intrinsic.   The Extrinsic traits lie in the motivation centers of the brain normally associated with the acquisition of something or the protection of someone.  These traits are deemed fear related in this website because they often cause stress.  

Intrinsic personality traits take up residency in the love or happiness centers.  They are considered joy related because they often bring calm and personal enjoyment.  But, as with life, everything overlaps. 

Sigmund Freud divided the human personality into three parts, the id, ego, and superego.   These are discussed in more detail in the links below.

Historically, males accepted the stronger and more aggressive role.  This included handling the more dangerous activities, such as hunting and protection from outside forces. The females handled everything relating to the family, such as, giving birth, nurturing the young, distributing nourishment, and managing family disputes.

Physically aggressive hunters dominated the A-type personality while the family nurturers dominated the B-type.  The C-type became the power behind the throne, providing logistics, animal migration patterns, etc.  The D-type identified and monitored dangers and handled human predictions.

As the human race evolved, the physically aggressive nature of the Type A personalities became less important, and the communication skills of the Type B members became more valuable.  As such, the Type A individuals redirected their attention to the business world and building wealth. The Type-B members remained associated with social interactions becoming lawyers, teachers, entertainers, and political leaders. Type C people remained important as advisors, designers, engineers, researchers, etc. Everything that uses energy and produces a product or service is typically the result of this type of person.  Type D individuals remained important in advocating caution, protecting the environment, marketing, predicting future events, and philosophy.   

Click on the Personality Photo, which will link you to a discussion of Specific Personality Types.  The Types used in this website are the classic four.  Type A (Power), Type B (Social), Type C (Analytical), and Type D (Cautious).  

You can go directly to the Personality Type by clicking on the photo or continue with the List of Fears and Manipulation sections.   However, knowing your personality type will help you understand the List of Fears and Manipulation Sections discussed below.

B. List of Fears helps to Identify your Fears

The List of Fears is displayed with a click on the next photo.  Right off the bat, you need to know that animals could not survive without fear.  It alerts us to danger.  Sometimes those dangers are real.  Unfortunately, in humans, most of the time, they are not.  We call those negative thoughts. 

This is because the primate brain wants you to go into a defensive mode as soon as possible.

The four automatic reactions to a danger are:

  • attack,
  • run,
  • analyze, and
  • hide. 

It is strangely familiar to the four different personality types.  Since all of us have some elements of each personality trait, there have been no definitive scientific study that connects them.  But common sense tells us that the four basic reactions line up with the four basic personality types.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of fears that have been studied.  However, the vast majority can be narrowed down to 20 or 30 main ones.  In this website, a detailed discussion has been narrowed to the most common ones.   These include the top ten listed in the Gallup™ Poll studies.   

Some detailed discussions of treatment methods are set forth for one or two fears and not repeated in the other fear types. 

For example, the Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most successful treatment method used by professionals to treat fears that have become abnormal, i.e., phobias.  But it is also the same therapy that is used to treat fears that have not progressed into a phobia.  It is discussed in more detail in the Fear of Spiders. 

The treatment of the Fear of Public Speaking goes into detail in how to handle hecklers, people on cell phones, and talkers. 

People with physical handicaps are taught how to use their perceived flaws to their advantage.   Those so-called flaws can be used like spectacular fireworks occurring behind you that holds the audience spell bound. 

Each fear contains different techniques in spotting the fears, looking for companion fears, pairing your fears with particular joys, etc.  

Click on the What are Your Fears Photo and it will link you to a discussion of Specific Fears .  

C. What is Manipulation

Manipulation is the third category.  Why is this included in the Identify Your Fears Section?  Because manipulation causes most of the major Fears that exist today.  Some manipulations may be obvious, but the vast majority are hidden.  Why?  Because emotions trick the mind and obscure the manipulator’s actions.  

This section discusses manipulation basics, how emotions play a significant role, and how to recognize the signs.   Click on the manipulation photo for more information, including back-door techniques on how to spot them.

Click on the Manipulation Photo and it will link you to a discussion of everything you need to know about being manipulated. 

There are over 100 fallacies with the top 14 being specifically addressed.