Fear is a strange but essential emotion. It is an emotion that is linked to our survival instinct. Fear is our instant reaction to existential threats. However, many times, we create fears in our mind that are far from life-and-death situations. They are exaggerated and usually, acquired over time, shaped by different influences since childhood. You are very much conscious of fears like the fear of spiders or clowns! But what about the deep-seated subconscious fears that get triggered unexpectedly? The first step to conquer such fears is being aware of them. This painting by Vladimir Kush helps you identify the deep-rooted fear hidden in your subconscious mind.
A recent study shows that, despite our evolved mental faculties, our reaction to fear-inducing stimuli is primitive and largely controlled by the subconscious mind. This primitive response is something we share with other animals. Although we’re capable of using conscious reasoning to assess and reason dangerous situations, our responses are driven by primitive processes and the subconscious. These implications can help in the treatment of phobias and anxiety.
Take a look at the Vladimir Kush painting below.
Vladimir Kush, the talented surrealist painter, is famous for creating deceptive, ambiguous artworks that are full of double meanings. The Butterfly Apple painting shown below presents optical illusions and hidden meanings that we shall be decoding shortly. All you need to do is observe the painting closely and give an honest answer to the following question:
What do you notice first?
Now, remember your answer, and scroll down for an analysis of your choice!
Keep reading to discover what this picture reveals about your subconscious fear
What it means if you saw the KNIFE first:
If the first thing you noticed is the knife placed before the apple, then it’s likely that the fear of a deadly disease lurks in your subconscious mind. What’s more, you fear that you’ll have a terminal illness but won’t be aware of it. Decreasing health and old age are things that terrify you the most. Having to suffer and endure pain because of a deadly illness scares you. The majority of people that notice the knife first worry that they might have a sudden death.
What it means if you saw the CATERPILLAR first:
If the caterpillar is the first thing you noticed, then your subconscious fears are paranormal activities and ghosts. This fear is called phasmophobia. Your intense ghost phobia can evoke irrational fears at the mere mention of evil spirits, ghosts, vampires, witches and other supernatural entities. You get scared imagining situations where ghosts are haunting you when you’re weak or trying to fall asleep. When the wind howls on a stormy night, or the door bangs shut suddenly, you shudder and panic.
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What it means if you saw the BUTTERFLY first:
Those who spot the butterfly first, subconsciously fear being betrayed. These people, in general, have more internal fears. If you saw the butterfly, it is likely that you have been rejected and hurt many times in your life already, and your biggest fear is that you have to go through those feelings all over again. The butterfly is also indicative of childhood trauma or serious rejections in the professional world. These things from the past are well-hidden, but when you’re face-to-face with similar situations, all those fears resurface.
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What it means if you saw the APPLE first:
If the apple is the first thing you noticed in the painting, then your biggest subconscious fear is death. But unlike many people, you don’t fear your own death, rather you’re scared of losing someone you love. It is probable that you’ve lost a loved one very dear to you in the past, which was, no doubt, a traumatizing experience and has left a deep scar in your subconscious mind. You cannot bear the thought of losing a loved person again. What’s more, you have frequent nightmares about losing someone you care for. In general, death is something that gets you worried.
Concluding note: We can all agree that we are all scared of something or the other. After all, fear is a natural and fundamental human emotion. However, in order to defeat your fear, it is essential to know the root of the fear. It is important to understand and accept the harsh realities of life and develop this attitude– even they can’t steal the real essence of life from you.