Question of the Day – No. 333 In your opinion, why do people fear the unknown? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrMoreLinkedInRedditPinterestPocketTelegramWhatsAppSkypeEmailLike this:Like Loading... 77 thoughts on “Question of the Day – No. 333” Add yours We are programmed to resist change. Change is potentially dangerous. The unknown is change that could be quite dangerous. LikeLiked by 5 people Reply Honestly speaking I believe we are programmed to change rather than resisting it. Take our lives, we change every second. We grow. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Interesting! I guess it’s a matter of not knowing how to behave since the unknown is the… unknown. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply For the question, My answer would be that our innate quality of taking control of something by acquiring knowledge about it, is the cause behind fearing the unknown… we can not control the unknown… So being more specific we fear losing control because we enjoy it… LikeLiked by 6 people Reply Yeah… and we assume we cannot control whatever the unknown could serve us and that scares the sh*t out of us. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Courage we desire. LikeLiked by 2 people We enjoy control over things🥀 LikeLiked by 4 people Reply There is comfort in the known. But like Smudged said above, the unknown could be dangerous. It is difficult to expect that all will work out. “Brains” love to be able to expect what is coming. It feels like survival depends on knowing what to expect. And I would say that we fear the unknown because we don’t trust. LikeLiked by 6 people Reply True! How come some people can step in the unknown like they know what’s going to happen? LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I think some people are just naturally more adventurous. Some may have done their research and made the unknown more known. Some have faith and trust in a power or powers greater than themselves. They may trust their abilities to adapt to change. They may believe they have divine protection. This list is likely not extensive lol LikeLiked by 1 person Definitely think it’s the whole control factor. We have a belief that if we are in control, we are safe. So because we don’t know if the unknown will be safe, our anxiety kicks in our fight or flight instinct for survival. Depending on how you look at that part means you either embrace the unknown and embrace it like an adrenaline rush or you run….. or something along those lines lol (did that make any sense?) LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Actually, it does. So we either let that fear and anxiety control us or we can take it all in and move in spite of it. Right? LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Yes, so it’s like one of your previous questions about living. if we do the same things over and over again, every single day, we aren’t living, that’s just surviving. So when anxiety and fear of the unknown makes us cling to what we do know, its why some people resist change. Whereas there are other people who view the unknown as adventure and embrace the experience. Which person will grow, evolve, make new skills, meet new people, or possibly have a life changing experience? I’m the person who would be kinda in between, I go to face the unknown, sometimes I’ll dip a toe in the waters, sometimes I’ll jump blind and other times I cling to what I know, but what I’ve learnt is when I play it safe, I’ve missed some great opportunities but when I’ve jumped, I learn, whether it’s been or bad. I’ve learnt! LikeLiked by 2 people ”There be monsters” entering a dark space is a loss of control, to the unknown – LikeLiked by 5 people Reply Not all darkness hides demons thomas.. so lets illuminate for darkness itself is the call for light.🌘 LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Pass from darkness into light, from unknown to the illuminated ? LikeLiked by 3 people And it seems that control equals safety. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply People fear the lack of certainty and inability to prepare. When we know that something is about to happen, whether it be good or bad, we can at least prepare for how we will handle it. LikeLiked by 6 people Reply Well, I guess that always something is about to happen. It’s strange that we, as humans, are the ultimate adaptive “machine”, but fear stops us from using this at it’s fullest potential. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Due to uncertainty. LikeLiked by 4 people Reply Yes… and our desire to control it. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Trying knowing the unknown is the key. As we can reflect. We learn when we reflect.👥 LikeLiked by 3 people Reply I think that the better we know ourselves, the better we can behave and react to the unknown. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply true. LikeLiked by 1 person I think some fear the unknown because of what they have hidden there. It’s unknown because people are afraid to know. “Silence like a cancer grows.” LikeLiked by 4 people Reply It might be. I think that it’s also related to the fact that some people have little trust in themselves so they don’t know how they’ll react in such unknown situations… LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Because is unknown and they don’t know what to expect 🤔 LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Why should they expect something? LikeLike Reply Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms LikeLiked by 1 person Reply ❤ LikeLike Reply 😊 LikeLiked by 1 person Pingback: Question of the Day – Timeless Wisdoms Comfort zone. We are scared of change and leaving it. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply And we still do it when what’s in the unknown it’s important enough for us. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Because we like to be in contorl LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Yeah, we do like that… it’s easier to go through things. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Because the unknown, the void, can be filled with all sorts of things in our imagination and we have a tendency to fill it with both wonder and fear. The two often go together. We are curious, but still afraid we might have to give something of ourselves to whatever or whoever we come across in the unknown. We might lose a part of what we thought we were. Some people are excited by this thought, others are scared. Also, it’s natural instinct to be cautious 😉 LikeLiked by 3 people Reply I think you’re right. Furthermore, as long as we don’t let that stop us from moving forward, we’re ok 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I think it’s because we don’t know the consequences of the unknown, since we have never been there before. We don’t know how it will affect us – whether it will be good or bad. It’s easier to focus on how it might not work out and I guess that’s why we fear it. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply So fear comes from the potential negative outcomes, right? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes I think it does! Even though majority of the time it never turns out how we imagine LikeLiked by 1 person I think it’s because the nature of uncertainty and differences that may come with the unknown. People normally are afraid or dislike of the things they don’t know or understand, may associate them with danger. And people commonly value self-preservation in high regard LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That’s true! If we think about our history, whenever someone came up with something new, they were immediately rejected. It took a while to process the information… LikeLike Reply For me it’s a control thing. I can’t control the unknown. LikeLiked by 4 people Reply We don’t, but we need to? LikeLike Reply Maybe they have gnosophobia…🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Maybe some… how about you? are you afraid of the unknown? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Nooooooo!!!!I love that…🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩😉😉😉😉😉😉😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊🙂🙂🙂🙂☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️🤩🤩🤩🤩😄😄😃😃😃😄😄😄😄😄😊😉😉😉😉😉😊 LikeLiked by 1 person I think people have a need to explain everything and the unknown can’t be explained. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Interesting perspective! I guess that not being able to explain something can create fear. Better to reject it than trying to understand. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Some people are just risk adverse and others are not. No risk, no reward though. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Yes, that’s right! No risk, no reward. LikeLike Reply Because it’s the “unknown” People want to touch, see and feel things. We look for tangiable things. People like to believe their in control. So when we can see, hear,feel or touch something it keeps us comfy. However, something that isnt always felt or seen, well that’s scary to lots of people. Take God for instance; though He can be felt, and heard, He cant be seen. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I guess it will always be this way. It’s helpful for our survival. I’m glad there are people that step into the unknown with courage. They’re helpful for our evolution. LikeLike Reply the unknown is associated with suffering but with curiosity either; it’s a conflict, therefore, the thirst of information to continue, it’s triggered; it’s no other choice; the unknown becomes known; what’s your aim? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I guess the unknown becomes known if the curiosity is bigger than the fear. My aim is to dive deep into the unknown so I can make a sense out of it. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply The unknown could be ANYTHING! The variety of outcomes our mind predicts intimidates me heavily. And thus, this is the main reason why I fear the unknown, and probably why others do, too! It was a great question! Thanks for sharing! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thank you for reading and for taking your time to reply! I guess that the unknown is the perfect place where humans can project their fears. And it makes sense to fear your fears, doesn’t it? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Because they are uncertain. They don’t know what will happen. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Yeah… and that’s a huge blocker for our evolution. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply True. LikeLiked by 1 person People fear it because they can’t control it. We thrive on knowledge and use it like a superpower. And if we know nothing of the unknown, how are we supposed to use our superpower. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Well, we can try to know the unknown and it will become part of our superpower… LikeLike Reply Because it is unknown and that complete lack of information is fear inducing as your unable to prepare yourself. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply So the inability to prepare ourselves due to lack of information is what causes us to fear the unknown? Would you say this is related to the level of self-knowledge? I mean, do people that know and trust themselves fear less the unknown? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes I think this is related to self knowledge because if you know yourself then your less likely to be unprepared. You are able to face anything as you can gauge how you are going to react and deal with the unknown. LikeLiked by 1 person Well i always assume the worst of the unknown, instead of the best. And also innocent till proven guilty applies for animals in my views LikeLiked by 1 person Reply How often does the worst happen when you expect it? LikeLike Reply 3 out of 10 (so far) LikeLiked by 1 person They fear the unknown because there is a element of world’s society creating that fear… there is a percentage of world’s ideologies that are based on fear… 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes… and fear keeps us in place. LikeLike Reply Only if you want to… I assume you are happy being in place?… 🙂 “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.” Helen Keller LikeLiked by 1 person Well, my fear diminishes once I try new things, so no, I’m not happy being in place. LikeLike Because they think they cannot control or prevent it. Which is kind of true! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply It is true, but I think people need to consider this once they face something. “Facing” the unknown as a concept creates only fear because everything is possible. Once we step into it, we see what’s possible or not so we can “adjust” our fear accordingly. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply People fear the unknown out of ignorance. The more people learn about something, the less frightening it can be. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I guess that’s why they say knowledge is power (or potential power). LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email.