Specifically June bugs.
I feel like they fly towards me and terrorize me intentionally.
They are big and loud and tend come out of no where on summer nights; flying into my long hair and getting caught up in it, buzzing and moving and essentially scaring me to death.
This is an irrational fear, and I can recognize that.
This particular beetle does not sting or bite. It is not poisonous or aggressive. It is simply a large bug that makes a lot of noise. If I were to intentionally create a situation to experience June bugs without surprise and with full knowledge that they cannot harm me, I would still be afraid.
There is something more primal and alien to the fear than just the fear of physical harm. Insects induce a fight or flight response in me, adrenaline included, even if the fear is completely unfounded.
This causes an internal conflict because it is not only a debilitating fear that overtakes logical functions when confronted with the insects, but also embarrassing to hold an irrational fear to begin with.
This is where sometimes fears and negative beliefs tend to overlap.
By communicating that I have an irrational fear, and that I am also embarrassed of it I am essentially confronting the two unfounded fears of both insects and social rejection or ridicule. The two then become almost linked in presentation and through interaction with peers. I might be able to better explore the first fear by facing the second.
For example stating my fear would allow me to reduce my anxiety of peer reactions should I become confronted with one of these evil beasts. They already know I hold an irrational fear. It also allows me to confront head on any reactions they might have to me in light of this fear. Essentially the fear of June bugs can be used to deal with correlating social fears directly.
The same is true of the reverse. Lets say for example I was more afraid of the peer reactions and social consequence of fear. This might in turn cause me to confront my initial fear of June bugs and attempt to conquer it. The fear of reaction in this instance can be used to fuel dealing with the fear of insects. Often times social consequence is such a strong factor they can push someone past their fear all together. Correlating fears, while intense, give you extra variables to take into account when dealing with them.
The most important part is being honest with yourself.
Communication of fear, or “uttering it out loud” makes it a bit easier to see in black and white. A rational approach to solving a problem can allow for injection of new insights into the fear itself. and perhaps allow for overcoming them.
This is a really neat and unique ability for humans: to be able to step outside of a reality ruled by cause and effect and physical laws. Our consciousness can examine the situation from a mental perspective, or outside of the actual tangible experience. Introspection is such as this also.
It allows us to consciously apply techniques to ourselves that override the restrictions fear has placed upon potential experiences.
It opens doors and possibilities in our lives that were locked from inside.
It is the quintessence of free will. And while it could be said that this ability itself is the effect of what you have read or exposed yourself too, thus still in accordance with natural law, the intentional exercise of such is key here.
I think this ability should be recognized as being an amazing tool: the application of mind on matter and the massive potential to inject intentional cause into your life for a desired effect.
Fear can indeed be a good thing.