In January 2014 Dedroidify posted several spiritual and motivational images including the two above. I wrote the following text in the comments section:
“I’d like to draw attention to the quote I find most logically problematic; the Dale Carnegie quote “…fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” Is this quote not contradicted by the illustration above it, depicting different bodily responses to emotional states (anger, fear, disgust, etc? That picture shows fear also affecting and existing in the heart. Also, isn’t the idea of fear as existing solely in the mind (internal reality) as opposed to consensus reality demonstrably incorrect? E.g. one could be standing next to someone reluctantly about to bungee jump, the jumper’s fear can be seen objectively as a visual phenomena (facial expression, breathing rate etc) and the fear can be felt empathetically. Emotions are contagious, their effects not confined to the source of origin. Ones emotions can have a visible effect on their surroundings, I see a lot of motivational quotes that seemingly encourage people to regard fear as a binary problem, like it’s an on/off switch (“No Fear. Nothing to fear but fear itself”…etc.) I question the wisdom of this ethos and While these quotes can be read emotionally as a method to encourage courage, it can also be read as incitement to interact with fear by basically putting ones fingers in ones ears and singing “la la la, I can’t hear you”. Castaneda wrote about the idea of death as an advisor, since fear is often associated with death by humans, would it not likely also be endowed with advisory qualities?”
Fear 2.0: Beast Logic Epiphany
- Finding the redemption spot, the part of a problematic object or event that has value.
- Reintegrating and re-contextualizing fear.
- Considering the fear of the big barking dog as an invitation to tame: The extent the dog wants to be disciplined or to learn procedural correctness.
Optimizing Emotional Energy Output: Fine-tuning the sum of the output.
Consider the weight of the fear. Subtract any perceivable positive aspects such as instruction, awe or respect. Add the will for rapid transition to the remaining fear.
a) E – I + N = E2
b) E2 x R = O
E: Emotion, I: Instruction, N: Narrative and Symbolic Value, E2: Emotion 2.0, R: Rapid Transition (How urgently you want something to change), O: Output.