Do you know what F.E.A.R. stands for?
False Evidence Appearing Real.
In James T Mangan’s book The Secret of Perfect Living, he talks about four basic fears – fears of people, fears of yourself, fears of time, and fears of fear.
Fears of People
Some of the switch-words suggested by James Mangan in his book include Praise for whenever the need arises to find the “weakness and inconsistency in others”, Reverse for holding onto a grudge or fueling a feud, OFF for wanting revenge, CONCede for seeking self-satisfaction through deliberately arguing and contradicting others, RESTORE for any injustice, and Clear for anger.
Fears of Yourself
Now here is an interesting one. The Fears of Yourself can manifest in illness and pain, which can prevent a person from fulfilling their potential. James Mangan reminds the reader that the body is wise and “knows all there is to know about its own chemical and physical functions, and also should know how to relate these functions to enduring the presence of a thinking conscious mind within the same person.” Fears of Yourself can also come through as being fearful of the body’s functions and forgetting or misplacing things.
The suggested switch-words are as follows: enduring for the body to align with the mind, Change for illness and pain (this can be combined with Together as Together-Change or Change-Together), Swivel for constipation, Reach for missing things, and quiet for forms of madness – “money-mad”, “society-mad”, or “publicity-mad” – that arise when we try to prove we are “somebody.”
Fear of Time
Procrastination. Laziness. Impatience. Fear of deadlines. Aging prematurely. These do not help our inner harmony. It is as if we do nothing, we do not mark the passing of time. This inaction, and a hope, that things will just action themselves, without our input, without the risk of us making the wrong decision.
The suggested switch-words are NOW for procrastination, Go for laziness, which is another way for us to “kill time”, Slow for impatience, Done for fear of deadlines, and learn for keeping youthful in thinking.
Fears of Fear
The Fears of Fear can be experienced as tension, hypertension, nervousness, worry, depression, loneliness,frustration, and fear of failure.
For all forms of tension, use Cover to reduce it. For worry, a form of fear of the unknown, try Bluff. Other recommended switch-words are Up for feeling blue out of the blue, circulate for loneliness (or fear that you may be deserted), Over for frustration, and bluff for fear of failure. Imagine being able to admit that we are fearful of failure with levity, as has happened with many experimenters who have used bluff for this fear, as shared in the book.