The feeling experienced when there is a perceived threat of danger to one's own or another's personal safety. The emotion, possibly, triggering the "flight and fight" response. Possibly an extension of anxiety.

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The limits of fear: Could one really survive an encounter with the Alien? [on hold]

Please help me out in my effort to better understand the emotion of extreme fear. I will use the example of Ridley Scott’s film “Alien” featuring H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph preying on the crew of the ...
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How does one explain the irrational fear of approaching problems? [closed]

There is a particular problem I've had since as long as I can remember , but I always managed to shove it to the back of my head and ignore, albeit acknowledging its existence. I'll provide a bit of ...
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Epigenetics and serotonin (amygdala threat response)?

In this article it states that: Increased promoter methylation of the serotonin transporter gene predicted increased threat related amygdala activity. I'm finding this somewhat difficult to ...
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How do some humans seemingly naturally have positive or mitigated appraisal of stressful events?

Appraisal is how an individual interprets a stressful event or a problem. For recurring problems, I understand that there are neuroanatomical structures that play a role in the appraisal of recurrent ...
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Is a fear response to the sight of predators innate or acquired?

Kids of very small age has less knowledge. They have very limited knowledge about harm, fear etc.., Is it possible that kids can feel fear with that much less knowledge? Let us assume a kid is ...
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Analyze subconscious/unconscious scientifically [closed]

Is there a way to analyze human subconscious/unconscious scientifically in some way? I mean for example to help me better understand my fears, insomnia etc. There are many people out there who offer ...
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Paul Ekman suggests that in near-accidents, fear motivates people to hit their car brakes. Is the fear response fast enough to do this?

Recall a time when you were driving your car and suddenly another car appeared, going very fast, seeming as if it were about to hit you. Your conscious mind was focused on an interesting ...
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How can fear be a positive emotion?

Fear is something we all feel, and we typically experience it as negative. It seems difficult to treat it as a positive emotion or find any satisfaction in overcoming it. So my question is: Can ...
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Why do people fear statistically unlikely things?

Over 10 times more people die in circulatory diseases than accidents (source). Nevertheless people fear (in general) more accidents than circulatory disease. In addition, there are statistically even ...
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What is fear in humans and what does it do?

From researching conventional understandings of fear, it can be a response to a perceived dangerous situation. But this definition seems very limited because fear seems to depend very much on context. ...
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How can depression and fear be effectively managed in people who know they will die soon?

Are there any efficient ways to overcome the fear and depression before death (supposing you know you are going to die soon) ?
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Can anxiety cause a heart attack, black-out or insanity?

David Burns in his self-help book about overcoming depression, anxiety and interpersonal problems called The Feeling Good Handbook¹ states: ...neurotic anxiety results from distorted thoughts that ...
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Morita therapy - does it have a western counterpart?

I have recently read interesting article about Morita therapy. I have a hard time finding articles,books or research on this subject, and how it works in the West since this therapy was developed and ...
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Why is surprise, sudden loud sound or movement an element of fear?

Why is it that a sudden loud sound or movement, or some kind of surprise tends to invoke fear? This phenomenon is not restricted to humans and can also be observed in animals Sheldon Cooper brought ...
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Fear of things that look like or resemble humans

I remember reading this a while back. To be clear, I'm not talking about a phobia such as Automatonophobia (Fear of inanimate objects that resemble humans, such as dolls) or Pediophobia (Fear of ...
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What are the neurological mechanisms for a fear of heights when atop a building, but not in a plane?

A fear of heights (or acrophobia), can be debilitating (I know it can be for me). My question is what is the neurological mechanisms that cause a fear of heights in a tall object such as a skyscraper ...
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Why are people afraid of things that they know are harmless or non-existent? [closed]

Why are people afraid of things that they know are harmless or non-existent? For example: Why do horror films/stories leave people scared after they have finished? Someone may see a harmless spider ...