People respond to fear in different ways. Some may externalize the feeling as anger and act out with aggression or blame. Some may internalize the feeling as anxiety or depression, seeking escape and distance from what they see themselves powerless over. Others (for whom ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ is not an option) may freeze, numb out, or become fixed in outright denial of the situation.

 

Fear can help us to survive in unfamiliar or threatening circumstances by making us more aware of the actions we need to take for our well-being. Fear can mobilize us. But it can also paralyze us.  If we are destabilized too much or too often, the feeling may take over to haunt our waking lives as a constant sense of unease or impending doom. If we are stuck in this state for too long, the very biological system that was designed to ensure our well-being can turn on its head as our bodies and minds start to break down from being on alert 24/7.

 

If our environment or lifestyle actively feeds our fear, we may revert back to basic survival needs and focus solely on immediate and short-term concerns. If our main priority becomes seeking comfort and safety, we may resort to addictive substances and activities to soothe and calm ourselves.

8. FEAR ~ The Social Outcast

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah. March 1, 2019

If we feel too exhausted, weighed down, and unable to cope, we may inadvertently allow others to make decisions on our behalf, or be suggestible enough to trade our personal rights and freedoms for a perceived sense of security.

 

Caught in survival mode, it may be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, to adopt an ‘us-versus-them’ mentality, and to rigidly hold to a particular perspective that reinforces our sense of control. Understandably, living in a hyper-vigilant state can make us intolerant to ambiguity, complexity, and the unfamiliar. And historically, people who have challenged us to explore these ‘grey zones’ of life have been feared and seen as threats or hazards to the status quo.

 

Throughout time, artists, philosophers, psychologists, activists, scientists and others who have challenged our fears, moved past absolutes, and questioned ‘black-and-white’ dogmatic thinking have been ignored, ridiculed, ostracized, debased, discredited, vilified or persecuted… they have been the outsiders and social outcasts among us who’ve pointed to the imbalances in our cultures and our psyches.

It takes courage to speak up when most do not want to listen, too caught up in blame, anxiety, or denial ~ too caught up in terror.

 

So let us take the time to unplug from a system that keeps us frozen in fear, just long enough to calm down a bit; just long enough to hear ourselves again and listen to our real needs; just long enough to be open to another perspective; and just long enough to uncover new answers and solutions to what ails us.

VIDEO (YouTube): SYFY WIRE

The Science Behind Culture of Fear

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

Change Your Behavior - T. Sharot

100 Days Without Fear – M. Poler

VIDEO (YouTube):

Art Breaks the Law (Art Assignment)

Turn the World Inside Out – JR (TED)
JR on Art + COVID-19
(Amanpour & Co)

 

WEBSITE: Inside Out Project

DOCUMENTARY (YouTube): Trailer

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Obey Giant (James Moll)

The Shadow Effect (Scott Cervine)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
The Leap

 

 

  

                WHEN LOVE

            SURPASSES

        FEAR

FILM (YouTube): Trailer

Fearless (Peter Weir)

Save Yourselves! (Fischer & Wilson)

The Village (M. Night Shyamalan)
Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro)


REVIEW (YouTube): Randall the Vandal
What We Do in the Shadows - Film

 

VIDEO (YouTube):

Stephen King, Childhood (Blank on Blank)

Salem Witch Trials (Answer in Progress)

FILM REVIEW / VIDEO (YouTube):

Batman Returns (Channel Awesome)

Picture of Dorian Gray (Dominic Noble)
My Monster Boyfriend (Lindsay Ellis)

MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):

Thriller Cover - Meredith Bull & LukHash

I’m Afraid of Americans - David Bowie
Mirrors - Birthday Massacre
 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM / INTERVIEW:

In-Shadow – Lubomir Arsov (In-Shadow)

Where Artists Fear to Tread (Rebel Wisdom)

 

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Skulls on Windowsill

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH EXISTENTIAL DREAD

 

VIDEO (YouTube): School of Life

Albert Camus - The Plague

PHILOSOPHY - Sartre

Existential Crisis?

Meaning of Life

VIDEO (YouTube):

Is Life Meaningless? (TED-Ed)

What is Philosophy? (Crash Course)

Existentialism (Crash Course)

Optimistic Nihilism (Kurzgesagt)

 

WEB ARTICLE: By Jonathan Tjarks
The Long Night of the Soul

 

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
Moonlit Fortress

SCARING OURSELVES:

DEALING WITH

ANXIETY & PANIC

VIDEO (YouTube): The Late Late Show

It's OK to Feel NOT OK - Alain de Botton
 

VIDEO (YouTube):

Using Fear To Your Advantage  (Today)

Biggest Fears - Kristen Ulmer (Mindvalley)

BOOK: The Art of Fear. Kristen Ulmer 

VIDEO (YouTube): Emotion Dynamics

Fear is Your Intuition

Anxiety & the Future

Panic Can Save Your Life

Effective in Chaotic Times

VIDEO (YouTube): Academy of Ideas

Value of Anxiety Disorders

Overcoming Anxiety Disorders

 

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
Standing in the Rain

EMBRACING OUR

INNER OUTSIDER:

SHADOW WORK

VIDEO (YouTube): Charlie Morley

What is the Shadow?

What is the Golden Shadow?

Dropping the Mask of Shame

AUDIOBOOK / BOOK: By Charlie Morley

Dreaming Through Darkness- Chapter 1

VIDEO (YouTube):

Healing the Shadow (Aaron Abke)

Stages of Shadow Work (Aaron Abke)

The Benefits of Shadow Work (Teal Swan)

Don’t Do Shadow Work If… (Teal Swan)

Spiritual Bypassing (Teal Swan)

Spiritual Mistakes (Gigi Young)

Shadow Work (Christina Lopes)

Healing the Shadow (Weekend University)