ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

7 Simple Steps to Fix Your Fear

Updated on May 27, 2010
Come to the Dark Side.
Come to the Dark Side.

The Hideous Face of Fear

What is fear? Fear can manifest in many different ways. It may sound funny, but I’m afraid to write about fear. It’s as if fear is actually “Fear,” this little mean-looking, wrinkly creature that lives deep inside of me. Imagine “Slimer” from Ghost-Busters, but pink and wrinkly instead of green and slimy. This creature doesn’t want me to write about fear because it is afraid, too. He’s afraid that I’ll kill him by becoming aware of his insidious ways.

I think we all have some version of this creature inside of us. Yours probably doesn’t look the same as mine. It might be helpful for you to take a moment and think about what your Fear might look like. Is it purple and orange with fangs and a moustache? Does it wear a disguise, like a trench coat and a top hat? For some of you it may resemble someone from your past who hurt you in some way.

It may also be helpful to name your Fear. You may continue to call him or her “Fear,” but giving it a different name serves to take even more of its power away. If you call it “Wendell,” for example, it may not seem as frightening. In renaming Fear, you are asserting control over your own internal world. You are in charge.

Judo Chop!

Once you’ve put a name and a face to your fear, you’ve already gained considerable power. Your fear is no longer that indefinable shadow figure lurking in the corners of your mind. Now that it’s tangible, you can begin to work with it. Notice that I did not say work against it. This is key.

When I say that it is possible to work with your fear, I do not mean that you should join forces with it and begin to scare yourself. I mean that you should work with it’s energy. This is an important distinction. The principle is that of the martial art Judo: using your opponent’s energy against him. As he moves toward you, you step to the side and trip him. His own force will carry him forward onto his face.

When working with your Fear, the same idea can be applied.

Do Not Try This at Home

"Sometimes when I get nervous..."

Fear and Anxiety: Kissing Cousins

Anxiety and fear overlap quite a bit. Fear is an emotion. Anxiety is an emotion as well, but it  has an addeded physical component. Maybe your stomach is gurgling or your muscles are aching. Your neck is tense or you have a headache. All these symptoms can come from anxiety, and they can be experienced in a range from uncomfortable to debilitating.

The good news is that the symptoms of anxiety are simply misdirected energy. Essentially, they’re your body using your own energy against itself. When you become conscious of your Fear, when you give it a face and a name, you take away its power. The magical part is that you still have all this wonderful energy to work with.

You can now do positive things with the same energy that was causing you pain!

I Feel My Fear Most Right Now in My...

See results
orginal artwork.
orginal artwork.
Jacuzzi by Petr Kratochvil
Jacuzzi by Petr Kratochvil

7 Simple Steps Toward Taking Control of Your Fear

I’m not saying this is the easiest process since toasting toast, but here are some simple steps you can follow in order to take control of you fear:

  1. Name your fear.
  2. See it’s face. Really picture it.
  3. Where is he/she in your body? He/she may move to different spots at different times.
  4. Accept its presence: “I know that you are there, Fear, and I accept that you are there.”
  5. Put it in it’s place: “I know that you are just energy, and you will pass through me soon enough. In the meantime I will be using your energy to do positive things for myself.”
  6. Do something for yourself! Go for a run. Take a soothing bath. Spend time with your family. Spend time away from your family. Read the newspaper. Eat something delicious.
  7. Tell Fear you will be making the decisions from now on. He’s welcome to stay around, but you’ll be using all of his energy to do all of the fun things you want to do.

Okay, I’ve given you some tools. Now go out and use them!

The Muppet Babies turn fear into imagination. Go figure.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • PiaC profile image


      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      The idea of giving our fear a name and a body, so to speak, and realizing that it stems from anxiety is a very good way to go. What I love about this advice is that it may be applicable to both children and adults!

    • AdamGee profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Your welcome :) And thanks for the feedback!

    • Adam Lukeman profile image

      Adam Lukeman 

      9 years ago from New York

      I greatly enjoyed your content. Thank you.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)