Fear is another emotion that many consider “negative.” But, as with all the emotions, fear is very valid and necessary for our emotional wellness.
Like anger, fear alerts us to a possible threat to us or to our loved ones - be it physical or emotional. It tells us that something is not right (I was going to say wrong, but I think that word is a lot more loaded when discussing mental health). It gives us a recognizable feeling to help us get through a situation.
For me, fear and anger go hand in hand. Because of my childhood, I many times had to hide my fear in order to stay safe. If I showed that I was afraid, it could up the response from my abuser because he thrived on instilling fear into me and my brothers. So I learned to push down that emotion so I could avoid more punishment.
Fear can often times turn to anger because of that stress response that rushes through our bodies. I have responded to emotional fear with anger because I hated the way fear felt. Unfortunately, this kind of response can take a toll on relationships. And that is why it is so important to recognize when you are afraid so that it can be dealt with appropriately.