Trans4mind Home Page

Transforming the Mind ~ by Peter Shepherd


next

Stress - The Cost of Fear


As far as the body is concerned, fear is a danger signal - it responds with an automatic reaction called the "fight-flight response". The heart rate quickens, blood pressure rises, breathing is disturbed, muscles become tense, the skin begins to sweat, while digestion, reproduction and other processes that will not be needed for the moment are turned down. The body is preparing for action - to flee or to fight.

In contemporary society such threats are few and far between. Our mastery of the world has enabled us to avoid or guard against most such dangers. But this does not mean that we are free from threat; human beings have created a whole new set of things to worry about. Our need to feel in control may be threatened by imposed workloads, tight deadlines, crowded schedules. We may feel threatened by traffic jams, delayed flights, incompetent staff, unexpected demands and anything else that might cost us time. Our need for self-esteem, recognition and approval can be threatened by the fear of failure, the fear of looking foolish in front of others, fear of criticism and the fear of being rejected. Uncertainty or anything else that makes us feel insecure can likewise be perceived as a threat.

“The body seldom has time to recover from one alarm before the next one has triggered. Before long our bodies end up in a permanent state of underlying tension.”
Such threats are unique to humans; we can imagine - and thus worry about - things that a cat or dog could not possibly conceive of. The trouble is, our biological evolution has not caught up with our mental evolution. Our bodies respond to these psychological threats just as they would to any physical threat. So we find our hearts thumping, our palms sweating and our muscles tightening because of some danger that we perceive within our minds - because someone criticises us, because we have to speak in a group, or because we may be late for a meeting.

Usually these turn out to be a false alarm, but the body cannot unwind and recover so quickly to a state of ease as the second it took to jump to alert. The body seldom has time to recover from one alarm before the next one has triggered. Before long our bodies end up in a permanent state of underlying tension. This background tension then feeds back and begins to affect our thinking, emotions and behavior. Our judgment deteriorates, we tend to make more mistakes, we may feel depressed, hostile towards others, act less rationally, and so on. The toll on our bodies manifests in various ways: aches and pains, indigestion, insomnia, high blood pressure, allergies, illness - sometimes leading to premature death.


Return to Transforming the Mind - Contents

Continue to the next article, Rational Thinking


The Positive Approach - 30-lesson online course by the author of Transforming the Mind - for free!
New Life Course - our foundation home-study course that comes with full email support. It will help you become clearer about your own identity, what you want in life - your life vision - and how to consciously transform your life for the better.
The Insight Project - if you are looking for self-knowledge and to rediscover your full spiritual truth then you need our advanced course, which utilizes biofeedback monitoring.
The Holosync Solution - audio brain-wave entrainment to effortlessly and pleasurably open up and clear the deepest shadows of your mind. The perfect accompaniment to Trans4mind courses.


Hypnosis Downloads.com
Search the complete list of self hypnosis sessions by entering your personal issue or problem you would like help with...
 Browse over 800 audio mp3s

 
     Top 10 Downloads:
  1. Self Esteem Booster
  2. Improving Concentration and Focus
  3. Exercise Motivation
  4. Overcoming Shyness
  5. Be Funny
  6. Quick Confidence Booster
  7. Stop Negative Thoughts
  8. Overcoming Procrastination
  9. Think Thin
  10. Fall Asleep Fast
personal development
MOST SHARED ON TRANS4MIND.COM THIS WEEK...

Effective solutions from Hypnosis Downloads...

Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 

Click here to learn more about Holosync
Holosync is the most powerful meditation, personal growth and mind development tool available. Meditating with the aid of Holosync is effortless and deeply relaxing - plus it enables you to make quantum leaps in awareness and emotional health...

Inspiring Quotes of the Week

When you subscribe to our free service, each Monday you'll receive several transformational quotes on a new topic - with commentary by Peter Shepherd - to inspire you throughout the week...
Subscribe now... it's free!

Your address will remain 100% confidential and it's just one click to unsubscribe.
Previous Inspiring Quotes of the Week
“I want to congratulate you for Trans4mind! It's a mind blowing platform, I swear! I also want to thank you for the amazingly true and revolutionizing messages of love you've shared in your weekly email! I believe the domestic world, and also people as a race, can change fundamentally if they see through their thoughts, words and actions in the light of these messages! Every week, along with the others, I await your inspiring messages and can't thank you enough for giving us this invaluable gift so unconditionally and relentlessly!” ~ Sunetra
eLibrary
Get exclusive access to the eLibrary... an entire world of personal development resources - and its all waiting for you to explore!
This is an astonishing resource with thousands of quality personal development and spiritual ebooks, courses, websites and full-length ebooks - many made especially available for this library. Gigabytes of great info... everyone who joins is amazed at the breadth and depth of content. If you're a curious person, open minded and want to learn - then this is for you!
"WOW! This collection is probably the best money I ever spent! I've already received many times over in personal enrichment after just 9 days."~ J.S. (Pennsylvania, USA)
Our free meditation program to awaken heart-consciousness...
Love is All You Need
Trans4mind
Our videos on YouTube...Follow Trans4mind on TwitterCheckout Trans4mind at Facebook
Copyright © 1997-2015 Trans4mind Ltd