We all understand physical death and we fear it but few of us realize that there is also psychological death which is the end or death of a relationship and/or reputation and/or possession. Fear of psychological death or fearful anxiety is based on knowing in our mind that we have a relationship, reputation, and possessions and fearing that we will lose that relationship, reputation, or possessions.
It is true that once a relationship, reputation, or possession ends it still lingers in the conscious and subconscious mind and there is sometimes slight hope that the relationship, reputation, or possession can be resurrected but for all practical purposes most of us accept the loss as a permanent death and sometimes mourn it when it happens.
Much of our behavior is motivated by fear or the fear of losing something and we act accordingly.
Not wanting our good social reputation to die we frequently tell the truth, dress and look a certain way, and behave in ways which we think are appropriate to relationships and generally consider our behavior to be psychologically safe and hope it will not cause failure, criticism, ostracism, or censure.
We fear the end or death of something which we value or believe in and are psychologically distressed and even saddened if we can no longer experience something which we value, believe, or find pleasure in.
Fortunately many of us are motivated by a desire to achieve something good or pleasurable. However, most of us do not have the courage to overcome our handicapping fears and infrequently bravely venture forth trying to achieve good goals and experiences which are frequently risky or even dangerous but having them makes many lives fulfilling and worth living.
Fear of psychological death frequently causes us to be less courageous and adventurous than we ought to be. Overcoming many of those fears is the key to a happy life and frequently a successful one. An optimistic attitude that we are not as stupid, crazy, incompetent, and powerless as we think we are can greatly help us to overcome many fears of psychological death which we all have.
Anxiety: n. an unpleasant sensing of uncertainty and/or low to medium intensity fear resulting from the anticipation of a (realistic and/or fantasized dangerous event(s)) and/or (threatening event(s) and/or circumstance(s))
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