The Powerful Persona, Fear

Cap Kotz
2 min readJun 19, 2024
Author and MJ

Fear is a big guy, strengthened and fed more than the other Personas from infancy. He received elaborate training in mastering disguise and learned to keep his tyranny hidden like money in shell companies. For example, the Fear of Making the Right Choice was covered with a strong Success Drive supported by music swelling into victory! It took me a long time to realize that my success reflects a poor investment laundering situation.

Fear frequently uses Anxiety as a frontman. Anxiety's role is to hum and chant low-level frequencies forewarning severe storm approaches such as Hypervigilance, Panic Attacks, and Emotional Flooding. Fear shrouds Anxiwety in layers of social alarm, and much dedication has gone into treating Anxiety as a mighty dragon to conquer when he's just the messenger of more to come.

Fear has appropriated many Persona territories, muscling Vulnerability into submission. I didn't understand until my mid-fifties that I'm not afraid to be vulnerable but scammed into valuing Fear's dominance. Vulnerability is a sensitive and somewhat shy guy. He doesn't have a compulsion to be recognized, as he is secure in knowing the beauty and mystery of being vulnerable. If people want to be afraid of him, he figures that's their business, not his.

At heart, Fear is concerned with protecting me. If I fear expressing my silenced self, there's good…

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Cap Kotz

Writer and Story Mapping Guide, I follow the life path no matter how challenging.