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Is Fear a choice or is it an instinct?

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DukeCityMuscle

Both. Fear is an emotional response to a perceived risk. But we get taught what to fear and how big a risk it is. New experiences and new learning can reduce the perceived risk of things. That's where the choice comes in.

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yeah, man your right. Eventually, both come to pass.
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Fear is a survival instinct, however it is one that we can learn to control our reactions to at the very least.

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Well done.
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It's an emotional instinct.

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insinct everyone has fear but you can overcome it which is choice

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its an instinct to help humans survive through live. however, it is a choice of whether u live up to face it or not.

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Depends your fear. If you have a fear of fire because you had a bad experiance with fire that isn't REALLY a choice but its not REALLY an instinct either

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choice . fear is inside of you only you bring it out. you have the choice to display fear which you soon shall overcome

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Instinct. You can train yourself not to be afraid in certain circumstances, but there will always be something that will cause you run away.

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both, it depends on the situation, like if there was a carnivores dinosaur standing in front of you you would have the instinct to get as far away from it as possible because you know that it's an incredibly lethal creature, BUT if a bee landed on your arm you may or may not be scared so there for it would be a choice.

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yes, I agree 100%, we face both of them eventually anyways.
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bentheredunthat

Gut fear is instinct so believe it when it happens. But looking for reasons to be afraid, as an avoidance tactic, is a choice.

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haha, that's true
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I believe, it is both because The choice we make leads us eventually to a fear in our lives, as we fear more and more, it becomes instinct, but to be more specific, fear is by choice, we can conquer it when we like.

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This is a great question, Mr Nibbles.

In my opinion (and it's only an opinion) fear is a basic instinct. As we evolved we were governed by the four Fs -- Fright, Flight, Fight and Procreation. As our knowledge and experienced developed we learned not to be frightened so easily, to control the fear, and sometimes to put it to good use.

Our development as a species is mirrored in our development as individuals. Things, both real and imaginary, which frighten children, will not necessarily frighten adults; yet some of the things children fear are very real indeed, and their fear can keep them safe. As we mature we realise that we can control and confront our fears and, by doing so, defeat them.

Some people exploit fear and it's a useful tool for politicians. "Vote for my party. If you don't, you'll have higher taxes / pay more for petrol / be overrun by terrorists / lose your guns..." And so on, ad infinitum.

Midsomer philosopher,. Rex Masters had the final word. He said, "Don't let the fear win." It's good advice.

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Very good answer but how is "fright" a defense?
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If something frightens you, you will shy away from it. Many "frights" are dangerous so your instinct is to avoid it, thus avoiding the danger; you are protecting yourself.
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@notbob: Bird Woman speaks the truth. Fear prompts you into defensive action.
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Right but there's 3 defenses to the fear. I just didn't understand what you were saying. Thank you for explaining.
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Fear is an instinct built in defense mechanism. We have 3 defenses when faced with any dangerous situation, 1)Flight, we run away from the danger 2) We stay and fight the danger 3) We try to blend in and hope danger does not notice us. I am a fight person.

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Instinct

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oarkergreatdane

Instinct. It comes from your sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve system. It's also called flight or fight.

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