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PSYCHOLOGY – But why imagine the risk even before facing it?
It is fortunate that fear exists: it allows us to stay alive. “Our brains are wired to spot potential dangers in our environment, explains Philippe Damier, professor of neurology at Nantes University Hospital and author of Decide with full knowledge of yourself (Odile Jacob). In the event of a threat, the neural system sounds the alarm and activates a series of responses, first physiological and then behavioral. ” The heart speeds up, blood pressure rises, eyesight is refined. “This tendency to consider the worst-case scenario is directly linked to our instinct for conservation. Hunter-gatherers who avoided snatching fruit from a shrub if they suspected a ferocious beast was present were more likely to survive than those who picked with a light heart. “
By anticipating, and by experiencing fear before danger, the individual prepares to face it. Such an elaborate defense mechanism has many advantages
Philippe Damier, professor of neurology at the University Hospital of Nantes and author of Décider in full knowledge of oneself (Odile Jacob).
This is true in cases of real and imminent peril. But why imagine the risk even before facing it? “By anticipating, and experiencing fear before danger,
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