Phantom fears

These are not real fears like running into traffic. No, these are the fears we create such as the Boogie Man or the fraud police.

We assume when we get a call from the big boss that something is wrong, not something going right. We imagine being fired and then not being able to pay the mortgage so we will end up homeless and eventually die.

We treat threats all the same. As if a sabertooth tiger is ready to pounce. But much of the things we face are invented fears. There are real risks, for sure. Driving is risky and yet we don’t put near the same thought and care getting behind the wheel as we do when we are standing up to give a presentation to the board.

What does it all mean?

We are all bad at assessing risk.