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How Does Fear Change With Age?

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As we develop, our understanding of the world develops.

This means the things that we once found scary when we were younger might not be as threatening now.

However, with knowledge and realization comes a whole new list of things to be afraid of.

How does fear change with age?
There's no transition that has an effect on the things we fear more than the step between childhood and adulthood.

As children, we're afraid of all sorts of things that might seem irrational and nonsensical when we get older.

When I was younger, I was afraid of being alone in dark rooms because I was convinced that lions were lurking in the dark corners waiting to pounce on me. Now that I'm older and wiser, I realize the likelihood of that happening is very slim.

When I first started middle school, there were so many anxieties and worries that I had. Now, though, I wish I could travel back in time and tell that 'middle school me' that she should just enjoy school.

However, as we grow older, we replace our earlier childhood fears with new ones:
  • Fear of not being able to pay the mortgage or provide for our children
  • Fear of growing old and dying
  • Fear of relationships failing and people letting us down
The truth is that there is always something to be afraid of in life - we've all just got to find the best way of coping with these fears and move on!

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