Friday, December 9, 2011

Freaky Friday: Top Fears Revealed

Last week, I asked you to tell me your fears in a 100% unscientific poll. We got 12 takers. Thank you all for your honesty. Since I have no background in psychology, I will analyze these fears in a the most basic manner possible. First, colorful charts...
From this survey, it appears that Disease is the number one fear. In a time when flu shots, immunizations and doctor visits are standard, it doesn't surprise me in the least. Serious illnesses such as cancer and AIDS are very real concerns, especially with the frightening statistics that seem to be splashed across the TV every other day. Yet, remember that hypochondria (a preoccupying fear of having a serious illness) can be as debilitating to your life as disease itself. You should always take care to ensure your best health, but don't let this fear monster get the better of you.
No matter what your particular fear, don't let it stop you from living your life. When fear prevents us from going after our goals and achieving our dreams, then we've allowed it to subdue our nature, our passion. Take these words by those far wiser than me to heart...

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
- FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1933

"Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once"

"There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid."
- L. FRANK BAUM, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

"It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more."
- J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin


  1. Interesting stats! I was talking about this with hubby the other day and he said there are studies out there that say that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of dying. I think the reason behind this is that one is an immediate threat and fear, the other, a nebulous 'it will happen someday' fear.

    I'm sure if you gave someone the option of dying or talking to an audience, they'd choose the latter, right? :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  2. Cool stats and I love the quotes about fear.

  3. This new Tolkien release does not disappoint. While somewhat dry in style 'much like Tolkien's other works', those with vivid imaginations and a love for Middle-Earth should most assuredly read this. It's much bitterer than The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, and it does lack our cute little friends with big feet, but the spirit of Tolkien still lives on through this work.