Fear ≠ Anxiety: being afraid is not as feeling anxious.
Fear and anxiety are both like alarm signs that turn on different safety measures.
-Fear is associated with an object or situation
-Anxiety is not, thus, is more constant.
Fear is being afraid of something. Be it a dog, darkness, speaking in public, etc. we know exactly what we are afraid of. In psychology this “something” is called the phobic object/situation.
In fear we know exactly what to look out for and where we might find it. We can easily get prepared for a situation. We can avoid it; and we can feel safe when far away from it.
There is no one object or situation attached to anxiety.
A person suffering from anxiety constantly worries about various things. There is no one object or situation attached to anxiety. We don’t know what or where to expect it. So, our alarms are on as we expect the worst.
There are many types of fears. One rather common one is fear of rejection. People that suffer from fear of rejection often avoid having social life. Avoidant behavior does not help. In fact, it is known to make things worse. Try therapy and make your life an enjoyable ride.