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What causes fear?
What causes fear?

There aren’t that many things in this world that are inherently scary. An object only becomes an object of fear when a person decides that they view it as a threat. For example, many people are afraid of heights. Fair enough – one could fall and die if they’re on the thin edge of a tall cliff. However, there are also people who are afraid of things that aren’t life-threatening, like public speaking. Nevertheless, it is still a common fear. But why? Clinical psychologist, Dr Dana Dorfman, says, “Common fears [and] phobias are a by-product of one or more of the following causes: evolution, genetics, learned behaviour, or trauma.”

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