“The lived experience of fear during life-changing events, and the implications to subjective well-being”.
believe-IN conducted, at Glasgow Caledonian University, the first known research study on the lived experience of fear during life-changing events. The goal of this study was to describe for the first time, the subjective experience of fear, during life-changing events, in adulthood.
Research Study Conclusions (short)
The findings corroborate that the experience of fear has personal significance, physiological, behavioural, and physical specific aspects.
The Mind and Cognitive Functions
Fear of Fears, values, and intensity
The feeling of Fear Behaviours and Physiological reactions
Empowerment & Emotions interaction
The ‘Feeling of fear’ in life-changing events is a continual presence, with the mind at its command for protection of the self-identity, with an impact on subjective well-being; as it is influenced by social interactions, as associates with other emotions, and correlates to identity change.
In conclusion, the conscious feeling of fear is recognisably an important emotion in the processes of life-events as it is high in transitions. All transitional experiences carry a sense of loss and grief, as there may be a fear of the unknown combined with loss. Endings of previous psychosocial structures, with disengagement from the old to build a new Self, make these times of great instability, inducing fear, anxiety, and stress but also providing a sense of empowerment transforming it in a personal growth opportunity.
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