The top two fears that people have are the fear of flying and fear of public speaking. Before we had airplanes, the fear of heights was the number one fear. Before we had airplanes, there wasn’t a lot of recorded public speaking either. Yet millions of people fly each day, people speak at meetings, concerts, and in the media. And people climb mountains, clean gutters, jump off bridges on a budgie cord.
The baby has two innate fears … fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. As we mature, we learn to interpret loud noises and that fear dissipates. Fear of falling is also dissipated thru nurturing of the mother. So where did all these fears that we have today come from. They were learned.