Ted Vollers wrote:
I did not adequately state my complete thought in my previous post in this thread. I raised two possible reasons for you to be disturbed by changes in your environment more often than you consider to be the norm. Completing the thought is the possibility that you have learned to associate this reaction with fear. It sounds like this is a possibility in that you regularly find that what startles you is insignificant like the cat running across the roof. Pavlov showed us about conditioned responses. I think it is potentially possible that you have come to associate being startled with being fearful. Even though you realize that in 'this' case there is nothing to fear, that something that frequently happens, being startled, and does have a legitimate link with fear has become associated with being fearful in your mind even if there is never anything to be feared in what startled you.
Not to rain on Sunshine's thread but that post as well as your previous post basically describes me perfectly too. I'm easily startled and I think I've associated being startled with actual fear. The hunter/farmer thing you described is pretty applicable and slightly coincidental, seeing as I've recently been doing research in that area(evolutionary biology).
Sunshine, good luck on your journey and I hope to see you in NPMR soon!(when I get over my own fears as well of course ;) )