Fear Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy--a Psychological Poem

Updated on July 27, 2020
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A retired lawyer, I'm fascinated by words, nuances of meanings & ideas. I’ve always enjoyed reading, languages, & writing, including poetry

The Fight-or-Flight Instinct Which Arises From Fear Will Often Serve to Protect You From Harm

But sometimes you can talk yourself into being fearful unnecessarily.

When this happens, it can hamper you rather than protect you.

Dark Shadows in a Deserted Street at Night


If You Feel Anxious or Afraid, the Lyrics of This Poem Might Help You to View Things Differently:

Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

When you’re feeling fearful,

What is it that you fear?

The greatest fear of all, you see,

Is fear itself, my dear.

When you’re in the park at night,

It’s not the dark you fear -

It’s people creeping up on you

And sounds you think you hear.

When you’re at a party

And feeling rather shy,

And fear what people think of you,

Just ask the question “why”?

They’re only friends you do not know –

Quite friendly you will find;

Just be your usual self and smile

And say what’s on your mind.

If fear of failure dogs you,

Just call it something else -

“Experience” or “first attempt”

To build emotional wealth.

Remember babies falling down

Is how they learn to walk,

And if they didn’t try new sounds,

They’d never learn to talk.

So if you’re feeling anxious

And can’t get out of bed,

Recall the words you're hearing now

And knock fear on the head,

Just question what it is you fear

And kill your fear stone dead.

Diana Grant 17 June 2012

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Post Script

I just wanted to tell you that, since publishing this piece, I went to a community concert with musicians, singers and poets, to perform my poetry. Not long after it had started, a choir of singers marched into the hall, singing as they came through the front door, smiling and distributing flowers. Then, when they had all lined up, they started singing my song, Fear is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. I had only told the choir leader, my friend, about it, and was taken completely by surprise to hear it performed so soon after I had written it - I was so thrilled.

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© 2012 Diana Grant

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    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      8 months ago from London

      DreamerMeg I never thought of that, but you're so right. They could do with some positive thinking in these troubled times, couldn't they?

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      8 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Great song. A good one for children to learn.

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from London

      This is the problem - we have to fight the enemy within!

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Inspiring lyrics. Sometimes, our mind is our worst enemy. It sneaks up on us.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting and true. Nicely written and it is fear itself which holds us back. Anna :)

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from London

      Of course, it is easy to dish out advice, but not always so easy to follow it.

    • savvydating profile image


      7 years ago

      Great song you've written! We do have to challenge our (fearful) thoughts. Often times the worse thing that can happen is not as bad as we thought (initially). But it takes practice. This is something I've had to learn the hard way - how not to have such tricky thinking.

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from London

      Thank you all so much for your comments - I'm glad it's given you something to think about. And, epigramman, I'm glad it merely "picked" your brain and didn't "pickle" it!

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      8 years ago

      ...no fear here Diana - you are such a terrific writer and poet and really picked my brain with this one - your words provoke and inspire me as well ........ lake erie time ontario canada 6:59pm

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      8 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      You are so right. Fear is a self fulfilling prophecy. It's a trap I have fallen into entirely to often.

      "If fear of failure dogs you, Just call it something else -“Experience” or “first attempt” To build emotional wealth. " Fantastic words of wisdom Dianna.

      Voting up, sharing, interesting, helpful and useful

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great points, and lovely lyrics.

      I often say that people who are afraid of ghosts were not hurt by the ghost, but by their own panic in blindly running away. That's a great way to fall down stairs or trip over a low table. They cannot reasonably say they were hurt by a ghost--they hurt themselves by making an unwise choice of how to react.

      The same is true for many situations. Very well and succinctly put. Voted up, awesome and shared.


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