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fear - Honors Symposium Dr Karen Erickson Success and Fear...

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Honors Symposium Dr. Karen Erickson 1/25/2007 Success and Fear Fear is a common human emotion. Everyone experiences it, whether it is a phobia such as fear of snakes or heights, or a fear of what is unknown and unfamiliar. Fear is part of human nature and is unavoidable. According to David Bayles and Ted Orland in their book Art & Fear , “Fears arise when you look back, and they arise when you look ahead.” (14). Therefore, fear will always be an issue. The uncertainty of what will happen in a certain situation is the cause for many fears. When the uncertainty that is associated with failure becomes an issue, the desire for perfection also becomes an issue. If this uncertainty did not exist we would have no reason to be afraid, and consequently, we would have the potential to become much more successful. Sometimes fear is necessary for protection and as a warning of danger. This seems to be the common reason behind fears and phobias such as snakes and heights. When it comes to snakes and other animals, we humans are afraid of the peril that may present if bitten or attacked. When it comes to heights, we
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are afraid of what might happen if we fall. Danger and the uncertainty of what
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