Have you seen IT?
(The remake or the original)
If so, you know in one fell-swoop this movie ruined clowns for generations. People are terrified of clowns and Stephen King (the author of the book) is partially to blame for that.
If you haven’t seen the movie…
--Minor spoiler alert--
Here’s the gist of it:
In a small town in Maine, there’s a menace lurking in the sewers. A monster disguised as a creepy clown (called IT) who hunts down little kids. However, IT also turns into your worst fear. Whether that’s clowns… werewolves… dogs… lepers… mummies… (I don’t know anyone who was afraid of those though)
In the story, the main characters discover IT’s main power is fear. When kids fear him, he has immense leverage over them. But if the kids aren’t afraid, he loses a ton of his power – plus they can physically fight back.
This is such a great metaphor for real-life.
Let me explain: When we are afraid of something (whether it’s logical or not) how often do we make it bigger than it is? Or way worse than it really is? Our mind is so creative, that we can conjure up absolutely terrifying scenarios.
And often, when we finally confront that fear, it’s like, “Wow this wasn’t bad at all”
Like an overinflated balloon, our mind blew it up way bigger than what it really was.
You see, fear only has power over us when we run from it, when we don’t face it.
But once we face it, like disconnected battery it no longer has power.
So how do we face fear?
The simplest way is to…
Just do it.
Problem is, biologically our brain goes hay-hire during stress and anxiety. And it can be a herculean task to overpower that built-in response. Instead, there are psychological-tactics that can override this natural biological response.