“I’m scared,” said my two year old. “Scared of what darling?” I asked.
Although he is quite a daredevil who likes to challenge himself physically, I noticed that my son has started to develop fears. Besides the vacuum, he fears that he will go down the drain with the bathwater, and he is starting to get fearful of the dark.
It may seem silly at first, but I realized at this age, his fears are still primal – something in him is triggered and he literally fears for his life. Having fear is a natural survival mechanism and serves an important role in our self-protection. Fear is the emotion that comes up when your mind feels your physical safety is threatened.
At two, my son doesn’t know that a vacuum or a bath drain can’t possibly suck him up! So I started thinking of my fears, and the fears of my clients and although it comes in many shapes and sizes, most of our fears are not really life-threatening.