What is Fear?

FEAR1Fear is a primary emotion, triggered by a physiological response, to a perception of danger. Fear plays a significant role in the activation of the response that most people know as fight or flight. Understanding that fear is based on each individual's unique perception of the circumstances they face is an important concept to grasp in recovery. 

Most people working a recovery model describe the experience of "anxiety" being present in their daily routine. Anxiety is a form of fear, and just like anger, fear has many different layers of complexity when combined with our thoughts and beliefs from the past.  

Fear can be completely paralyzing when the perception of danger is great, and perception is influenced by