We’ve previously discussed fear and its outsized influence in our lives. We can all acknowledge that fear is a powerful force and can, at times, be debilitating. However, there are two types of fear: fear of a known entity and fear of an unknown entity. There are very real differences in these types of fear, how they manifest themselves and, of course, our reaction to them.

Fear of a known entity is almost always based on substance and experience. For example, as a pilot, I fear thunderstorms and icing. Both have the capability to bring down my airplane in an uncontrolled fashion and both have unpredictable qualities to them. Contrary to public opinion, it’s not the lightning, hail or even wind that make thunderstorms so deadly, ...

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