In a recent discussion on the impacts of how shadow can operate on the human psyche I used the analogy of being a little child in bed with the lights off and thinking there is a monster under the bed. The child is scared and the more noise coming from under the bed invokes more fear of a bigger monster. However, when you turn the light on and check under the bed you realize it is just a cat.
Fear can work on the conscious mind in a similar manner. You might be afraid of shadows only to realize that the scary looking thing was just the shadow of a windy tree and yet the fear is real and the effects on the body are equally real. If someone has chronic fear this may seem irrational and can then have a flow on affect in negative thought patterns. This can in turn lead to feelings of insecurity and a lack of confidence.
Taking time to understand when and how a fear developed in life is paramount to turning on the light and having a look under the bed. Identifying a specific event when the fear first manifested in life can be a major point in unravelling the impacts of fear on the body and releasing the effects of shadow e.g. fearing a big scary monster under the bed and realizing it is just the cat playing.