Multiple Effects Of Fear

1403 Words6 Pages
Fear: The Battle Within Everyone in this world, from a six-year-old child to an eighty-year-old man, has something to fear. A child might fear being in the ocean or the dark; an old man, on the other hand, might fear losing mental capabilities or even life. Feeling terror is very natural for all humans and animals during any crisis, walking in the dark, hearing a strange noise, and anything which might make someone feel threatened. For example, the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a very life-changing event that occurred in history which quickly escalated and lead many civilians to experience fear. Along with its numerous effects such as trembling muscles, increased heart rate, dry mouth, and various other effects. Ultimately, fear influences…show more content…
Panic is an intensified version of fear, with all of the same effects but intensified. Which often leads to multiple effects and the urge to escape from the situation. Considering panic and fear are exceedingly similar, experiencing panic includes comparable outcomes, explained in Charles Gramlich "Fear", "depending on the closeness of the threatening stimulus and how long the experience lasts, these reactions may be followed by hiding, fleeing, or if individuals find themselves trapped, fighting with desperate and uncontrolled panic. In rare cases, individuals can die while experiencing intense fear, usually because of cardiac arrhythmias. The fear response, in general, is often called the fight-or-flight response" (Gramlich). In other words, fear and panic relate to each other on both a physical and emotional level, by having very similar effects as each other, such as hiding and fleeing. When a potential threat is perceived, a person's body unconsciously releases hormones into the body of that person. This prepares the person to determine the proper course of action. By either meeting the threat head-on or flee and escape, hence "fight or flight" the adrenaline helps in both situations. To expand, in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the main characters Piggy and Ralph begin to panic after they had realized that they have done, “‘It was dark. There was that--that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared!’” (Golding 173). To explain, throughout the book Simon always kept to himself and was mysterious, which soon led to Simon being murdered by the boys because of their fear of the beast. When the crime took place, it was dark and eerie out when Simon appeared, the boys all thought he was the beast, which resulted in the boys panicking murdering Simon. In fearful
Open Document