Appendix 3: Common Manifestations of Self: Defective Emotions - Fear

This is one in a series of tables featuring the main emotions discussed in PTP Step 4. Other emotions will be treated in subsequent works on other Steps. Except for resentment, the emotions listed are not necessarily defective. They become defective when, under the influence of our defects of character, our concerns and/or the perceptions of how those concerns are affected, become distorted. Those defects and distortions are the subjects of our inventory. For a discussion of each emotion, the underlying character defects, and their corrective character virtues, see the corresponding chapters in the book and, as they become available, the posts under Emotional Sobriety on this site. For accompanying tables of character defects, see Appendix 4 on this site. The tables are intended to help us take inventory using the guides to Inventory Type A and/or B. For a post on fear on this website, please click on link.



Fear is the perception of an aversive possibility or threat to something we care about and a consequent desire to avoid it and its attendant consequences. See also anxiety. 

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Related to perception of threat: alarm, alert, augury, boding, caution, challenge, crisis, danger, difficulty, foreboding, hazard, intimidation, jeopardy, menace, omen, peril, portent, premonition, presage, presentiment, risk, specter, test, trial, trouble, ultimatum, vulnerability, warning

Related to feelings and emotions: Angst, anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, avoidance, butterflies, cold feet, concern, consternation, cowardice, cravenness, creeps, dejection, diffidence, dread, edginess, fainthearted, flap, fright, gloom, gutlessness, horror, jitters, misgiving, mousiness, nervousness, panic, preoccupation, pusillanimity, qualm, queasiness, scare, suspicion, terror, threat, timidity, trepidation, unease, uneasiness, wariness, wimpiness, worry (and as a psychopathology, not a moral emotion, phobia) 


Cowardice, jealousy, pride, suspiciousness 


Courage, faith, gratitude, humility

For other emotions, please click on the appropriate link: Anger, Anxiety, Guilt, RemorseResentment

For appendix 12, or 4, please click on its link.