Which is more powerful, Hope or Fear?

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  1. mrpooper profile image42
    mrpooperposted 12 years ago

    Which is more powerful, Hope or Fear?

  2. christiansister profile image59
    christiansisterposted 12 years ago

    I believe that there is no set answer to this question. Because both of the emotions can be equally strong.

    In any given situation it is the one in fear or in hope that decides the power it has over their them.

    Being in fear can shut a person down in a given situation, if that person succumbs to it.

    Being afraid is something we all deal with. But, it can be dealt through. That is why people can miraculously live through  horrific situations.

    The only thing is that we don't have to consciously cultivate fear like we have to cultivate Hope. Many times fear is automatic and Hope must be fostered.

    And for Humans it seems to be easier to succumb to fear than to foster hope. But many people find their way through fear with Hope.

    So the power that each has on a person is up to that person consciously or subconsciously.

  3. Dexter Yarbrough profile image69
    Dexter Yarbroughposted 12 years ago

    Fear is more powerful...if you allow it to overcome your life. Hope can't overcome fear. Faith overcomes fear.


  4. BenWritings profile image64
    BenWritingsposted 12 years ago

    Hope is a concept, giving us meaning to live

    Fear is a weakness, preventing us from living

    Both are incredibly strong

    Some people only know fear

    Others allow hope to match, or overwhelm the fear

    Good question. I don't believe either feeling is stronger than the other naturally. But within individuals, one can outweigh the other

  5. albc profile image60
    albcposted 12 years ago

    fear has no choice but surrender to hope!

  6. akuigla profile image60
    akuiglaposted 12 years ago

    Hope I think.
    Because when someone is hoping that better life will come, it is easier to survive!
    When people  think better tomorrow will not come they commit suicide.

  7. FaithDream profile image79
    FaithDreamposted 12 years ago

    Hope because it encourages, it grows, it produces faith. Whereas Fear takes away your dreams, ignores the truth, and lacks freedom.
    Hope delivers. Fear destroys. So in the end, all that will remain is Hope.

  8. jseven profile image79
    jsevenposted 12 years ago

    I believe hope stems from faith in something or someone. My hope always keeps me optimistic and a 3/4 glass full person. My hope is a bigger muscle than fear, but sometimes fear starts flexing its "Brutus" muscles and then hope will waver like an "Olive Oil"   smile... so I have to be like a "Popeye" and gobble up a can of spinach! Ta Da!

  9. CARIBQUEEN profile image64
    CARIBQUEENposted 12 years ago

    Hope is more powerful as it is a positive aspect, compared to fear which is negativity.  However, so much emphasis is placed on fear that it generates its own life and seems to overwhelm.  Hope brings so much to look forward to and it is not a destructive element.

  10. profile image50
    kawagiposted 12 years ago

    Hope is more powerful if you have enough courage to muster it. Fear feeds on fear and grows fast. Hope on the other hand cuts through veil of fear until it can dissipate it into nothingness..

  11. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    Fear can be paralyzing, and stop us in our tracks.   Most of us could tell tales of being too afraid to react or to speak up.

    Hope can be freeing ,liberating, encouraging us forward.

    Each of these forces are powerful.  Perhaps the real question should be, which of these do we have the most of?

  12. Jarn profile image61
    Jarnposted 12 years ago

    Hope is a stronger motivator. It doesn't need to be renewed, and will carry a person forward when all else is gone. Fear gets old after a while. It requires continuous acts to reinforce it, examples, in other words. It is better at preventing a person from acting than forcing him to act.

  13. whthadhappen profile image68
    whthadhappenposted 12 years ago

    I say fear. Fear is not easily washed away like hope, because there are people who have had counseling to overcome their fears, and still have not. However, hope I believe can be shattered by a simple criticism from a dear loved one or someone held in high regard.

  14. profile image0
    wilbury4posted 12 years ago

    I hope it's fear... but I fear it could be hope...

  15. Kavita Martin profile image60
    Kavita Martinposted 12 years ago

    Hope is more Powerful, fear is opposite.

  16. saanj H profile image62
    saanj Hposted 12 years ago


    I think hope has a healing power whereas fear has a destructing power. Both are powerful but hope comes with a responsibility.

  17. Marie McKeown profile image90
    Marie McKeownposted 12 years ago

    Only hope has the power to change the world - fear just keeps things the same....

  18. jammy15 profile image56
    jammy15posted 12 years ago

    A HOPE is more powerful because even when your fear of something/someone than also you hope that you will overcome that fear or the situation.

  19. Supercellbaebe profile image60
    Supercellbaebeposted 12 years ago

    I think hope and fear are two very different emotions you can't really compare which one is more powerful of the two. Its kind of like comparing a carrot with a watermelon, they are both edible plant material, but they differ so widely, you can't really compare the two.

    Fear is a fundamental part of being a human, it deserves respect, and needs to be felt and accepted.  Suppression of fear, I believe (based on personal experiences) is one of the chief underlying causes of illness and disease in today's society.  Fear has this stigma of being evil and bad, but it isn't.  We need fear, we cannot run away from it or suppress it and if we so much as try it'll come back and hurt us (and believe me, it hurts like hell when it does come back).

    I think hope might be a choice.  One thing is for sure though, you can certainly feel fear at the same time as feeling hope, hope does very little to diminish fear.  I've always lived with a lot of hope, its a wonderful warm and powerful emotion.  Hope is powerful enough to keep people alive in the darkest of times.  Hope gives strength and drive to keep going, against all the odds.  But it doesn't remove fear. 

    The only emotion I have found, which you can't feel at the same time as fear is love.  But even then, you can fight fear with love, because if you need to feel the fear, you WILL feel it regardless of whether you try to fight it with love or not.  Its far less painful to just accept the fear and take what comes, rather than suppressing or fighting it.


  20. thougtforce profile image87
    thougtforceposted 12 years ago

    It depends on the situation! Hope sure feels more positive and therefore more powerful than feer. It is hope that get us forward and living. But fear isn´t just a negative feeling and we need to feel feer too. Fear makes us vigilant and is a sign that we can protect ourselves from dangerous and unpleasant surprises. So in some situations fear is more powerful than hope!

  21. profile image0
    Mauri2posted 12 years ago

    In short. Both have equal powers because it help us stay alive and that's most important - Life, beautiful life!!

  22. Darrell Roberts profile image73
    Darrell Robertsposted 11 years ago

    I think it is different for each individual. Both are very strong emotions.

  23. ptosis profile image68
    ptosisposted 11 years ago


    Fear Works, hope is a dream. Fear puts fire in your belly and forces you into action. Hope is a passive feeling, allowing someone other than yourself to get you out of a jam.



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