Fear and Excitement Trigger the Same Physiological Response

  1. Heart rate rises (adrenaline increase)
  2. Fight-or-flight response kicks in, you get jittery, break out into a cold sweat (cortisol surge)
  3. You have tunnel vision, can’t see or think beyond your fear (norepinephrine increase)

Fear is excitement with a negative frame. Excitement is fear with a positive frame.

Credit to The Scribe Method by Tucker Max

I’ve learned that fear (or concern, worry, anxiety, etc.) and excitement (or eagerness, fulfillment, joy, etc.) can often co-exist for the same event or circumstances at the same time. I try to leave room for both experiences to be true at the same time.