Question of the Day – No. 333

In your opinion, why do people fear the unknown?

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  1. 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…

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  2. 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.

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      1. 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

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  3. 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?)

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      1. 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!

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  4. 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 😉

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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

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  7. 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.

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    1. 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.

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  8. 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?

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  9. 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!

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    1. 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?

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      1. 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.

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      1. 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

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    1. 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.

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