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Steven Spielberg has a Secret to his Success: Fear.

World-renowned producer and director Steven Spielberg is god-tier in his field with a surprisingly personal experience with anxiety.


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Steven Spielberg is behind this 2018 movie set to be released in Netflix. While Spielberg is no stranger to producing hair-raising movies like Jaws and Jurassic Park, he struggles with an anxiety issue. But he has learnt to use these moments of anxiety to channels the intense feelings into bursts of inspiration.

In an interview with New Zealand Herald, he mentioned that “every movie is scary for me and every day I shoot the movie is scary. And I need fear because it drives me to explore things.”

This may seem illogical at first, here’s how we think Steven Spielberg uses fear to his advantage!

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Bridge of Spies (2015) crew
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Anxiety and How It Feels

During a period of anxiety, stress, or fear, you will experience physiological responses. You feel your heart beating fast and more blood is pumped through to your brain. You’re more alert, you respond faster and thoughts come to you quicker.

The moviemaker explained that fear keeps him alert to search for “a new variation on constant themes”. This translates to great ideas for award-winning movies.

Steven Spielberg on set for Jaws (1975)
Photo via IMDb
The Fear We Know

Facing the Trigger Head On

In our own lives, when we feel afraid, it can easily go awry. Anxiety attacks  can be triggered by everyday stimuli, and phobias can make daily life challenging.

Steven Spielberg was afraid of sounds in the night and other everyday triggers as a child.

“I’ve carried (fear) with me right through my life until now. And I’m not sure I want to give those up because I think a lot of those insecurities are fuel for the stories I tell,” said Steven Spielberg.  Jaws and Jurassic Park are classics today.

When living with long-term fear, there are ways of redirecting it into something good. Sometimes, it can even turn into a superpower.

Steven Spielberg for The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Photo via IMDb

What can we do about Anxious thoughts?

Anxiety can be reduced physiologically by managing our breathing and learning how to relax; and psychologically through cognitive therapies. While we can learn to do this ourselves, more pronounced problems with anxiety would require a trained mental health professional to guide you in learning to better manage it.

Here are more motivational reads about redirecting fear:

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https://shadee.care/2021/10/04/demon-slayer-a-new-relationship-with-fear/

Photos: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000229/?ref_=nm_mv_close

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