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

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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Does Fear Ever Hold You Back? Leave Your Comments Here

Diana Grant (author) from London on January 15, 2020:

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 from Northern Ireland on January 14, 2020:

Great song. A good one for children to learn.

Diana Grant (author) from London on February 16, 2015:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 16, 2015:

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

Anna Haven from Scotland on August 11, 2013:

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

Diana Grant (author) from London on February 14, 2013:

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

Yves on February 12, 2013:

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 (author) from London on July 27, 2012:

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!

epigramman on July 26, 2012:

...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

mwilliams66 from Left Coast, USA on June 18, 2012:

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

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 18, 2012:

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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