Sometimes fear is triggered by something that is startling or unexpected (like a loud noise), even if it's not actually dangerous.
That's because the fear reaction is activated instantly — a few seconds faster than the thinking part of the brain can process or evaluate what's happening. Fear is the word we use to describe our emotional reaction to something that seems dangerous.
People fear things or situations that make them feel unsafe or unsure.
Someone could overcome this fear by learning how to swim safely.
A fear can be healthy if it cautions a person to stay safe around something that could be dangerous.
When fears last beyond the expected age, it might be a sign that someone is overly fearful, worried, or anxious.
People whose fears are too intense or last too long might need help and support to overcome them.