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 F - Fear

Fear: Expectation of something undesirable or painful.

As a motive, fear is one of the great movers of mankind: Fear of pain, fear of failure, fear of what others may think or say, fear of seeming different from most, fear of failing to please the powerful, fear of God, fear of The Party, fear of what the neighbours may think - the list is endless.

It would seem as if much that goes into the making of human society is based on human fears, both of what the neighbour may think and the boss may do, and that just like most of the fears on which religion is founded these fears are mostly not realistic.


See also: Character, Conformism, Groupthinking


Hilgard & Atkinson

 Original: Mar 29, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top