Conny Petö Đeneš

Fears and phobias

No one is fear-free, we have an only different reaction to it. Some people have tendency to worry which creates their anxiety, others avoid concerns and pretends that it doesn’t exist, the third is so overwhelmed by fears and constantly think that something bad is going to happen (what will happen when the dark falls, what if they lose their job, what if they do not find love, what if they get ill, etc.)

We are all born with three basic fears, from (1) falling, (2) abandoning, (3) suddenly loud noises. Through life, we face six kinds of fears: (1) survival, (2) unknown, (3) loss - abandonment, (4) betrayal, (5) rejection, and (6) dying.

Fear from the unknown creates fear of change, fear from loneliness comes from abandonment experience, fear from financial loss and poverty comes from fear of survival, fear of dying creates fear of illness, trust issues have roots in fear of betrayal, etc.

All six fears are manifested in certain parts of the spine and affect some nerves in the spinal cord. They affect the health of the spine and cause chronic back pain and headaches. From the physical aspect, fear can be also manifested in the heart, the adrenal glands, the reproductive organs, stomach, and the spleen.

Anatomy of fear

There are five basic fear disorders:

  • Anxiety – is a permanent condition of anxiety and fear that is not caused by the specific thing, place, situation, event. This condition may or may not be accompanied by panic attacks.
  • Panic attacks – are sudden and intense "attacks" of fear and great anxiety that last for a few minutes.
  • Phobias – The word "phobos" in Greek means fear or escape. Phobias refer to irrational, exaggerated, unrealistic and uncontrolled fears that trigger certain objects, activities, or situations. We have three types of phobias: simple, social and agoraphobia.
  • PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder – is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying traumatic event — either experiencing it or witnessing it, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person's life.
  • (RTS or rape trauma syndrome, a special type of PTSD – is the psychological trauma experienced by a rape victim that includes disruptions to normal physical, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal behavior.)
  • OCD or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – is characterized by obsessions (recurring unpleasant thoughts) and compulsions (forced repetitive behaviors) that a person performs to diminish or neutralize the frightening outcome of their thoughts.