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Emotional Intelligence for IT Professionals by Emília M. Ludovino

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Triggers of fear

The most common universal triggers of fear are as follows:

  • Public speaking
  • Thunder
  • Threat of losing a job

Everyone has the same universal triggers as we are born with them. They affect us more intensely than learned triggers. The following figure shows the different triggers of fear:

Triggers of Fear

The most common learned triggers in fear are as follows:

  • Snake-like shapes
  • Threat to safety
  • Sudden loss of gravity
  • Imminent bodily impact

Learned triggers can be part of your culture, or highly personal and created by your individual experiences.

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