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5 Types of Unnecessary Fear

When our mind and heart are taken over by unnecessary fear, our life grinds to a halt. Fear debilitates us and blocks us from taking positive action to move forward.

Many types of fear can seep through our daily life unnoticed and unchecked.

Don't allow fear to block your success

Most common types of fear are unnecessary fears. This means that, unlike instinctive fear, these types of fear are mostly a fabrication of our mind or instilled through past experiences.


Unnecessary fear can and must be identified and avoided. They serve no real purpose apart from hindering our actions, goals, and progress in life.


Here are the top 5 kinds of unnecessary fear that should not block you anymore.


1. Fear of the Unknown

When something is unknown or unfamiliar, such as the future, it poses a subtle threat and becomes one of the common types of fear and causes anxiety. Yet, this fear or anxiety is clearly an irrational response to a situation.


It has no real definition or substance. It’s fine to be cautious about something unknown, but fear of the unknown is only a way of missing out on the many opportunities and thrills life has to offer.


How to Overcome This Fear

You have to face the unknown with interest but not suspicion or distrust.

For example, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

  • What evidence is there that supports my fear of the unknown?

  • What are 3 examples where I have successfully coped with uncertainty?

  • What evidence is there that I will fail and my fear of the unknown will be right?

I am sure you come up with many more questions, but always remember your fear of the unknown is not based on reality. – so question it and move forward.


2. Fear of Change

One of the most common types of fear, and one which is closely linked to the fear of the unknown, is the fear of change. It keeps us stuck to our comfort zone. A lot of the rewarding stuff in life comes from pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into the next level.

It requires the courage and resolve to accept what’s new and to let go of the mental and emotional attachments to the old.


How to Overcome This Fear

It happened to me many times: changing careers, changing lifestyle, changing relationships etc. At first you feel you don’t have the energy or will to change. Then comes the turning point, like a child learning to swim.

He or she is holding with one hand to the pool’s edge, with an intense fear. There is hesitation, and then they lets go of the edge, plunges into the water, and is swimming unaided by nothing but their own will.

Dive into change a few times to help your mind understand that it’s really the only path to the life you want.


3. Fear of Disapproval by Others

As social creatures, we have been brought up from a young age to regard others’ thoughts and opinions about us and what we do, which has created several types of fear. It becomes part of our life’s equation. Stretched outside of its purpose, considering what others might be thinking or feeling about you can become a stumbling block.


This is especially true when you fear that others might disapprove of your ideas, choices, and behaviour.


How to Overcome This Fear

For instance, whenever you are making a decision, such as changing your look or following a new lifestyle, and you feel the fear of disapproval by your peers, catch yourself being fearful.


Remind yourself that you are free and not chained to other people’s views.

Try some mindfulness meditation to build self-confidence.

Once you have a solid base of confidence, it will be hard to shake.


4. Fear of Rejection

In relation to fear of disapproval by others, another of the types of fear is fear of rejection, especially rejection from those who are close to your heart. Fear of rejection can only cause emotional blockage.


How to Overcome This Fear

This involves a lot of practice in vulnerability. Only through an openness to the possibility of being rejected can we truly obtain the kinds of relationships and connections with others that we want.


Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, once wrote:

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage


5. Fear of Success

This may sound strange, but yes, fear of success is one of the common types of fear, and it’s an unnecessary fear. It’s not well known because it is a very silent fear. Fear of success is basically the fear of not being able to handle, or live up to, the positive change that comes from success.


It’s an obvious drawback, since fear of success will impede success.


How to Overcome This Fear

Many people have been at the door of succeeding in something but gave up on it at the last minute because of this fear. This is generally more problematic for women.

One study pointed out that “women insufficiently self-promote because they fear backlash for behaviour which is incongruent with traditional gender roles."

For women, overcoming this fear will involve pushing against societal expectations that women are less successful than men.


For anyone, overcoming this fear involves telling yourself that you are up for the challenge of what’s to come, that you are capable of whatever life brings you. Then, start feeling good about all of your successes


Final Thoughts

These types of fears are unnecessary fears that will ultimately hold you back from living your best life. If you identify with one of them, take care of your mental health and start following some simple steps to overcome them and move toward the life you want.



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