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Overcoming your fears

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You must have heard it said that the best way to overcome your fears is by facing them. I am both claustrophobic and acrophobic but I have never been able to get over them. Did you ever succeed at overcoming yours?
 
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The treatment of facing fears may work with lots of people, but not all. I have a fear of heights, and that is why I always take the seat beside the aisle or in the middle when I ride the plane.
 
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Unless it seriously keeps you from living your life, then I wouldn't worry about conquering it. I'm afraid of heights like you and @Incredible Iron but it doesn't bother me to ride a roller coaster or airplane. I trust those things are safe. I can't climb a ladder or tree though. I figure it's fine.
 
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Just like you @Gareth The Great, I don't really get scared of climbing a place as compared to say, climbing a high tower so as to get a good view of a scenery. At the end of it all, what matters is whether or not these fears get in the way of our normal day-to-day activities.
 
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I used to get incredibly nervous about public speaking and performing (music recitals as a kid). This gradually got better over the years. What helped was just keeping at it and getting away from worrying about what people might think.
 
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I used to get incredibly nervous about public speaking and performing (music recitals as a kid). This gradually got better over the years. What helped was just keeping at it and getting away from worrying about what people might think.
I was also incredibly shy and would get really nervous about public speaking. In high school, I would avoid performing at events such as talent shows. However, I have gotten much better by doing it over and over.
 
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Well, it now makes sense to say that you can only overcome your fears only when they are tackled head on.

Back in the day, I also struggled with public speaking but over time, I learned to overcome this. You have to cultivate that sense of self-belief and courage.
 
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Overcoming certain fears is not as easy as perceived and most people struggle with this for a long time. I wasn't the best public speaker but over time, I have continued to get better through practice and mental conditioning.
 
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