Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 15, 2012

Favorite Tip #50: Another’s Fear

Favorite Tip #50: Another’s Fear

When someone expresses fear in a normal conversation, it may be more respectful and helpful to listen and acknowledge that fear rather than discount and dismiss it. Explore the worst case scenarios with them, and if possible, let them guide the conversation back to moderation.

For more serious concerns, please seek professional assistance.



  1. That is SO true, Ashley. My husband tries so hard to discount my daughter’s arachnophobia and I keep telling him to just acknowledge it, kill the darn arachnid, and get on with it!

    • Thank you, Patti, and I’ll admit arachnophobia is one of my fears–snakes and scorpions, too. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Even worse is the one upsmanship. “Oh, you’re afraid of heights? I’m terrified of them, why I can’t even go up in one of those glass elevators” Yeah, how about, “Boy that really sucks hope it’s not getting in your way”

    • Ouch, those are rough, Mona. You make a very good point. Neither response is respectful. Cheers, Ashley

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