Do you suffer from irrational fears? Do you find yourself looking over your shoulder while walking alone? Are you afraid of the dark, or have a fear of flying?
With summer travel season fast approaching, let us try and understand how it is that fear, albeit irrational, can sometimes be so paralyzing.
This article in Psychology Today can explain why fear can sometimes actually turn your imagination into perception.
In psychic equivalence, as the mind shifts from perception to imagination, it no longer produces an accurate representation of the environment. We stop experiencing what is in the mind as a representation of the physical environment. We mistakenly experience our distorted mental representation of the environment as the physical environment.
During a flight, for example, our stress hormones cause psychic equivalence, and we actually start to experience whatever it is that we are afraid of –as if it is actually happening.
If your stress hormones cause you to imagine a plane crash, you may actually start to experience the plane crashing, even though it is simply your imagination.
If you want to combat this, you need to work on developing a strong sense of reflective function, where you know that your take on reality is not necessarily absolute, where you will not readily mistake imagination for perception.
When a person’s reflective function is weak, the distinction between imagination and perception is lost with a relatively slight increase in stress hormone level.
Read the full article to learn more.
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