We often like to eliminate the negative feelings in life, you know, because they're negative, but they do serve a purpose. Fear, especially, can be an important factor in certain decisions. Here's why.
Dr Kelly McGonigal, over at Psychology Today, seeks to remind us that while fear can sometimes overtake our better judgment, we ultimately need it for better decision-making:
[P] rimitive fear instincts are as important for self-control as the higher power to override instincts. Many of us let fear get in the way of long-term goals, and that's not good. But it's a mistake to think the solution is to overcome fear in general. You can't (at least, not without a temporal lobectomy). And even if you could, you wouldn't like the results. We need our instincts to let us know when something is just wrong — an immediate emotional evaluation that is even more powerful than complex reasoning and logic.
I can think back to a few, let's say, unusual decisions I've made in the name of not being afraid. Sometimes that instinct can be your best friend. Getting to a place where you can judge when fear can help you may just help you make better decisions.
As a final note, if you enjoy tales of partial lobotomies and unplanned fellatio, be sure to read the entire article over at Psychology Today. The example of how fear keeps us in check is very entertaining.
Why We Need a Little Fear | Psychology Today