Certainty, not Uncertainty, Fuels Our Fear


We often say uncertainty is scary. Not exactly.

In situations of uncertainty, there often co-exists a feeling of certainty. Except, the certainty is of a negative future consequence. Even if it’s not absolutely certain something bad will happen. It feels like it will.

What’s scary about uncertainty is not uncertainty. It’s the relationship between feeling certain of a negative future consequence and feeling uncertain of a positive future consequence. Certainty is what fuels our fear.

To navigate uncertainty we have to find a way to decrease the certainty of a negative future consequence. In doing so, we can start to let uncertainty excite our curiosity, thereby turning it into a motivator.