Top 10 Reasons You Should Conquer Your Fears According to Therapists

Conquer Fears According Therapists

6. Victoria Chialy Smith 

Not yet convinced? Then consider the following insight from Victoria Chialy Smith (a psychologist in McLean, VA).

Overcoming fears allows you to experience your full potential. “Each of us is filled with infinite potential and capable of reaching it to become the highest version of ourselves. Fear holds us back and limits us, constrains us, and makes us smaller, incapable of seeing our own power and potential. By facing fear, we free ourselves of the limits we place on ourselves.”

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7. Carolyn Karoll

When you succeed in breaking free of your fears you are more likely to live life in a way that is aligned with your values.

Carolyn Karoll, a therapist in Towson, Maryland observes that “To walk towards the direction of our values, and having a life with meaning, you must be willing to take risks.” This requires facing the fears that are currently holding you back.

8. Lori Whatley

Your self-image also changes when you take on the forward-leaning mindset necessary for confronting anxiety.

Lori Whatley is a clinical psychologist who recognizes the huge potential for personal growth that comes from facing fear, noting “Our perspective can shift once we overcome fear. We begin to see it differently. With each time we overcome fear, we gain confidence.”

This change in attitude leads to a change in how one looks at life. New opportunities that had gone unnoticed begin to appear more frequently.

9. Jennifer Daffon

The ‘Domino Effect’ is yet another benefit frequently found when one declares war against fear.

According to Jennifer Daffon, a clinical psychologist in Washington state, anxieties connect with one another in a tangled web. This often creates a psychological straight jacket, holding you fast in what seems to be an impossible situation from which to break free.

The key, however, is to realize that when you cut even one chord of that anxiety web, other fears are likely to lose some of their power. She notes that “It is common to see the severity of other worries decrease as the individual overcomes other things on his or her list [of fears].”

Related: 5 Powerful Ways To Help You Overcome Phobias And Irrational Fears

10. Carly Claney   

Lastly, it is important to note that unless you pull your shoulders back and intentionally lean in against your fears they will not go away on their own.

Psychologist Carly Claney points out that “When fears go unaddressed, they often diffuse into other areas of struggle.” One fear leads to another and life becomes more and more cluttered with anxiety. Freedom lies on the other side of our fears.

Once we recognize this fact, it becomes clear that we are faced with two choices. We can live haunted by the anxieties that hold us down, or rise to the challenge and fight through the fear.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Conquer Your Fears According to Therapists
Conquering Your Fears

It is one thing to realize the cost of living with apprehension and dread and quite another thing to take the necessary action to defeat these adversaries of a full and happy life. You must take action. Don’t put it off. Start today.

Long ago Rudyard Kipling noted that “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”

Don’t spend another moment listening to the lies. Push forward. In your battle against fear go kick down some doors, take no prisoners, and show no mercy to the anxieties that hold you back.

Written By Forrest Talley

Originally Appeared In Forrest Talley

As long as you give into fear, it will keep on crippling you mentally, and emotionally. And it will also stop you from living your best life, and fulfilling your potential. Conquering your fears can seem intimidating at first, but not impossible. Take one step at a time, and focus on dismantling all those fearful and anxious feelings you have, and become truly fearless.

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Forrest Talley Ph.D.

Forrest Talley, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Folsom California. Prior to opening this practice, he spent 21 years working at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. During that time he supervised MFT and SW interns, psychology interns, and medical residents. In addition, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCDMC. He worked in several capacities at the UCDMC CAARE Center. These include Co-Training Director of the APA approved psychology internship program, the Individual and Group Therapy Manager, primary supervisor for interns and staff, and the main supplier of bagels/cream cheese for all souls at the UCDMC CAARE Center.View Author posts