Get Over Your Fears By Remembering This Formula

Get Over Your Fears By Remembering This Formula
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We’re all scared of something, whether it’s snakes, rejection or a wild boar attack. NPR’s Invisibilia podcast takes a look why we fear things, how we deal with it, and in the end offers up a formula to keep in mind the next time you’re afraid of doing something.

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Invisibilia goes into a bunch of the reasons why we have fear, before eventually landing on the story of Jason Comely, who struggles with a pretty intense fear of rejection. He came up with a simple little formula to help him deal with his fear:

Fear = Thinking + Time. Take either one of those things away, thinking or time, and you cannot get fear.

Obviously, it’s not a foolproof magic formula that will help you get over anything, but it’s a great reminder when you find yourself overwhelmed by fear. Check out the whole Invisibilia podcast for more insights.

Fearless [NPR]


  • Logic is flawed. When someone sneaks up and says “boo!” You scream instantly. Fear has grabbed you without time, especially without thinking.

    • I would consider that reaction fear. Something happens then a reaction happen.

      They fear OP speaks of has a situation that has never happen. eg would be i have a fear of spiders but no spider is currently near me.

      To expand on the logic would be to address a few questions.
      1. Am i fearful of someone scaring me in the future. (thinking) (time)
      2. Am i fearful of spiders in the future. (thinking) (time)
      3. If someone scared me would i be scared. (reaction)
      4. if someone dropped a spider on me would i be scared. (reaction)
      5. If i wasn’t scared of spiders would someone dropping a spider on me be scary.

    • Dat algebra.

      Fear = Thinking + Time.

      Solving for Time:
      Time = Fear – Thinking

      Hence, we can add more time by increasing fear or decreasing thinking.

      Time for a nap to increase my time.

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