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Those of us who suffer with anxiety are frequently reacting to fearful thoughts about a future situation.
However, some fears we experience in response to our environment are apparently wired into us.
According to some evolutionary biologists, several fears that might seem irrational are a permanent part of our genetic makeup. The natural selection process that our ancestors experienced created a genetic pool of programmed heightened responses to patterns in nature.
Research suggests a cautionary awareness of specific shapes—on objects or creatures that could end our ancestors’ lives—became embedded in our genes. This helped humanity survive and is responsible for some fear reactions we have today.
Source: Discovery Magazine
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