Fear
Fear is a distressing negative emotion induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or confront it.
 
Anxiety
Anxiety is a generalized mood condition that can often occur without an identifiable triggering stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from fear, which is an emotional response to a perceived threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is related to situations perceived as uncontrollable or unavoidable.
 
An alternative view defines anxiety as “a future-oriented mood state in which one is ready or prepared to attempt to cope with upcoming negative events”, suggesting that it is a distinction between future vs. present dangers which divides anxiety and fear.
 
That’s a mouthful and does it matter?  Thinking of the darkroom in my April 22, 2011 post…
 
Funny how the mind can have such control over the body and its physical reaction to the world.  We underestimate the power of that computer on our shoulders.  It can make or break us.  It can fill us with confidence or take us to the depths of despair.
 
Enough thinking for one day.
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