The worst fear is the fear of being found out Todays news paper reports: “A thirty-eight year old doctor has stopped going to work.Nursing a morbid fear that hospitals are a source of contamination she does not even step out if her room and keeps off every one including her children.Her husband,also a doctor has to go through the rites of cleanliness including washing currency notes on her insistence.Another 19 year old girl washes her hand a minimum of hundred times.She fears that difficulties may arise out of her hand. Even normal cold leads to suspicion of Corona Virus and in quite a few cases has resulted in OCD[obsessive compulsive disorder] This news report prompted me to analyse the types of fear we go through in our life time. All of us have fear of something or other. This is based on how we were brought up,our own experience,what happens in the world and our imagination. Krishnan is afraid of heights,feels giddy while looking down from the terrace.Cervical spondylytes adds to his problem.Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights. Fear of over speeding and accidents-Chandran is afraid of travelling by road on highways.The reason-his car overturned and hit a tree when his driver tried to overtake a bullock cart which suddenly turned right. His neighbour lost his wife,father and son while returning from a pilgrimage on Madurai Trichy highway.He travels mostly by train and during unavoidable travels by car you can hear him doing back seat driving. Murthy is scared of water.During his college days his friends pushed him into the swimming pool.Though friends encircled him no one came to his help and he had to move all parts of his body to come out,to the clapping of his friends. With a proper coach he has learnt swimming but does not venture beyond the swimming pool. Many girls ,I have seen are scared of cockroaches,lizards and rats,their admiring companions in the kitchen in independent houses,why now even in the fifth floor apartments. They call it entomophobia Regular pest control and keeping access doors shut helps rats encroachment. Fear of flying.the height,you do not know what is happening-you are not under control,,news of overcrossing runway,turbulence,technical fault-returning to base,circling over the airport etc cause this fear. When you are in flight how often you have seen some passengers closing their eyes and not opening them till the flight lands. There is then technophobia fearing the gadgets.I have seen people nervous and struggling while taking out money from the ATM.Very often the guard comes to your help.Fear of the smart phones,laptops etc are common fears among seniors. Getting and noting down the OTP from banks is not an enjoyable experience. In the earlier days people were scared to get telegrams as they were mostly considered harbinger of bad news.Fear of losing the cellphone and credit card is common and when you go out somebody or other cautions you to take care of them.You are unwell and sample has been given for blood test.You start sweating till the results are made available. Fear of Death haunts all as they approach the sunset years of their life.Here again after crossing the mid seventees the fear is about how and not when.The fear of falling down,chest congestion and the threat of being confined in the ICU is real.The fear of being dependent on others even for basic needs is nerve racking. For the first time I hear that Bill Clinton engaged in extramarital affair with Monika Lewinsky” was a way of managing his anxieties.”This was his response to a querry in the new documentary series “Hilary” Fear changes with age.Coming out successful in the exam leads to getting a job and career growth.Financial security for the rainy day continues throughout till you have a built a nest.Then the anxiety, sometimes fear troubles you over the welfare and performance of children. “At the basic level fear guides our fight or flight responses and helps to keep us safe and alive. Fear keeps you alert and take proactive steps.”'As you get older, you produce much less adrenaline - the fight or flight hormone - so a lot of phobias diminish. Generally, phobias will probably improve with age, but if your phobia has anything to do with being vulnerable, such as heights or big crowds, it will probably get worse.” I have gone through all these fears sometime or other.What do I do? Deep breath,chanting Ohm and relaxing the body right from legs help me.Taking the aisle seat,visualising the happy events that will follow on landing,reading a book or listening to music relaxes the nerves while flying.Drinking fluids and keeping myself hydrated is a big help.I am proactive when I have control but indulge in relaxation techniques when I have no say on what is to happen. Thinking positively and counting our blessings compared to the less fortunate keeps up our spirits. ”When fear starts to mount, rather than pushing it away, begin by accepting it. Realize that the more you try to pretend it isn't there, the worse the terror gets” The fear is simply because you are not living with life, You are living in your mind..You don’t need to fear as long as you stop fabricating it”[ Satguru] The worst fear is the fear of getting caught as it happened in the case of senior banker getting caught while helping himself to sandwiches in the office canteen and losing the job. Some fear retribution for their indiscretion,earlier in their life but remember that there is no saint without a past and sinner without a future.