How Can Compassion Serve as an Antidote To Fear?

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I feared getting close to others as I was growing up. It wasn’t because I was afraid of being physically hurt by them. Rather, I can remember often feeling so small in front of others, like the tiniest, most insignificant baby cub among a pack of mighty wolfs.

Eventually, I learned to cope with this fear by transforming it into concealed judgment and distrust of others, using my…