Carlos Sigvardt, specialist in Emotional Education, presents us with the effect of fear when it paralyzes institutional action and as an approach

We need emotionally intelligent institutions, to satisfy this purpose we must recognize and analyze the impact generated by fear, it is necessary to identify it and know the consequences it produces; We will talk about this emotion in this column.

Emotions accompany us in our daily lives as well as in our work performance. Visiting institutions we still see forms of conduct characterized by the oldest emotion, fear. Managers who fear losing authority, control, inability to delegate, little willingness to receive help; sometimes without a manifest bad intention it leads them to watch, rebuke, threaten instead of accompanying, advising, suggesting. For this reason, it is imperative, mainly, those who direct must have emotional intelligence (empathy, assertiveness, self-confidence), in order to be able to replicate through their example, managing good institutional climates to improve the quality of the service that they want to provide, since This results in the well-being of those directed and consequently and as a primary purpose in the good care of the main protagonists for whom we must ensure in educational institutions, mental health that are children and young people.

The fear originated by the insecurity of oneself or as a form of domination.

Institutions crossed by fear have unhealthy consequences, the silence of the workers, who prefer not to comment on errors or difficulties, producing consequences that affect the climate and the organizational culture, preventing the improvement of the service. Fear affects the creativity and innovation of workers, since the brain loses concentration on the job and focuses on the danger and how to get out of it.

Reactions to fear in humans

psychological reactions

*subjective anticipations

* Erroneous, negative and irrational beliefs

*Loss of confidence

*Unreal, distorted and catastrophic thoughts

*Reduced perceptual and cognitive focus on threats

*Feelings of failure and inability to cope

*Thought blocking

* Difficulty with attention, memorization and concentration

*Feeling of helplessness

* Feeling of helplessness. Others.

physiological reactions

* Activation of the sympathetic system.

* The adrenal gland releases adrenaline.

*Hair on end

*pupils dilate

*The chest expands to increase the volume of inhaled air

*Heart dilates, blood supply increases

* Blood pressure rises

*muscles contract

*Peripheral blood vessels constrict and skin turns pale

*The liver releases glucose, the fuel of the muscles Others.

behavioral reactions

* Irritability, anger, aggressiveness, fight and affront.

*Uncontrolled movements

* Blocks with motor inhibition

*Avoidance of the feared object or situation

*crying and screaming

* Urgency to escape and flight with loss of control


*Search for people or elements that increase security

*Facial expressions, non-linguistic components of verbal expression Other.

Source: C. Bedoya Dorado, M. García Solarte

We are analyzing the consequences of those of the people they have to direct, this is also perfectly transferable to the power relations that can be given from parents to children or student teachers where the results are the same.

The vertical imperative mode without providing responsible autonomy to all members generates distrust, trust is a binary feeling, you have or you do not have trust and when it is lost it is difficult to recover

In this very short analysis of the existence of fear in institutions, we must know that when we fail to accept uncertainty, it becomes fear; We must know that uncertainty is perfectly acceptable, it translates into greater vivacity, awareness and creativity. In short, I always say “fear must be scared”, the fear in our minds is much more harmful, which is why it is necessary to face it as soon as possible from a Leadership that transmits security.

As leaders we must generate climates of spontaneity by motivating, helping, bringing out the best that people have and this has to do with what we transmit, ultimately trust, not fear.

Dear Readers, it is a pleasure to be able to share these lines with you in order to think about the importance of the emotional in our lives and in that of others.

Embrace of Peace

To continue dialogue I share my contacts:

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Mobile: 3434474651

Carlos Sigvardt, Vice President of the *Emotional Education Foundation. Trainer, lecturer and advisor on Emotional Education at a national and international level.

– *The Emotional Education Foundation promotes the Emotional Education law for all Argentine schools.

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