Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide.

There aren’t many places in a bathroom to hide.

I’m too big to fit under the sink!

So I pulled away by leaping atop the toilet!

The next step would have been on top of the counter but t’s fairly narrow with a jutting out ledge.

Dan, my hero came running out of his workshop  asking “What happened ? Are you alright?”

As he chased it with his slipper it ran out of the shower and straight for – you guessed it – the toilet – my safety perch.

I began to do a little dance on top of the seat – he ran around the edge and disappeared.

Pauline, you can come down anytime now. He’s gone.

In the calm way that only men with no fear of stampeding little rodents can use.

In my mind I asked “Where?” Do you know he’s gone?”

Some psychologists such as John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that there is only a small set of basic or innate emotions and that fear is one of them. This hypothesized set includes such emotions as joy, sadness, fright, dread, horror, panic, anxiety, acute stress reaction and anger. Fear should be distinguished from the emotion anxiety, which typically occurs without any certain or immediate external threat.

The awful side effect of fear is that it lingers  like a little mental cloud after the event .

You might recall times when you acted differently after some event happened that made you afraid. You probably put on a brave front but inside you were quaking.

( Actions) Gingerly I stepped down and stamped my way into the family room, and quickly put my feet up on the sofa.

When it was time to go to bed , I glanced around nervously before starting up.

Logical Dan “Pauline he’s not likely to climb the stairs. You’re safe up there.”

In my mind, “Well he managed to climb into our house didn’t he?!

For the next few days I walked loudly down the stairs until like most fears without a cause I stopped thinking about monster mouse.

Then one night about a week later when we were watching television, Dan said softly “Don’t look but there’s our friend”

I didn’t shriek this time but yanked my feet off the floor coccooning myself in the blanket.

Dan did take care of the mouse. I can’t say any more than that.

It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus which is perceived as a risk of significant loss of health, wealth, status, power, security or of anything held valuable.

in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible.  Mmmmm, the next time I saw a mouse- in the same month was in a kitchen- no, not ours! I sped to the doorway, shrieked and stood very still until our minister came running out from her office to see what was the matter!

No clatter as we watched him disappear behind the fridge.

We both ran to get a barricade for the doorless entry.

Ran and stood still.

Fear can be a manipulating and controlling factor in an individual's life. Do not let it keep you back from success and communication confidently!

Positively, Pauline


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