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Fear #8 Perfectionism

How stifling is the need to be perfect. Tied up with many of the other fears, this one can produce genius or thwart the soul. Genius comes at a high price when mixed with a need to be perfect. And … Continue reading

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Fear #7 Failure

How many times do we give up before we even try to do something out of fear of failure? “What ifs” lock us into defeat before we even start. Past failures loom large as childhood monsters. “Who do you think … Continue reading

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Fear #6 Betrayal

Most of us have experienced betrayal in our lives. How bitter is the pill. We feel an avalanche of emotions: outrage, disbelief, guilt–did I somehow deserve it? Betrayal leaves us wary of trusting anyone, wounded of heart, slow to recover. … Continue reading

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Fear #5 Death

For many, the fear of dying is their greatest fear. What, if anything, occurs when one dies? Will I simply cease to exist, a tiny candle snuffed out? Or will one of the many predictions of religion come true? Death, … Continue reading

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Fear #4 Fear of Aging

Wrinkled fragile hand, splotched with gnarled veins. One by one, we lose that which was once beautiful, valued, desired. We see the elderly hobble along, forgetful, dependent and fear growing old and decrepit, hideous, revolting, a toothless crone. There are … Continue reading

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Fear #3 Fear of Sickness and Disease

As a paramedic, I have had to face this fear many times. Was I willing to care for people with contagious diseases? We also fear our own illnesses; will we die or become dependent on others? Will we suffer? We … Continue reading

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Fear #2 Shame

A sneer, disdainful look, condescending comment, laughter, humiliation. The fear of shame cuts deeply. Not good enough, different, too much, too little — who has not had to face this fear, real or otherwise? I still remember cruel playground taunts … Continue reading

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