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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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.
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.
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.