The concept of panic and its origins likely began a long time ago. In today’s society the term panic has become commonplace and appears to be understood by almost every literate citizen. Although the definition may vary from person to person, I believe that almost everyone at some point has felt they were in a panicked state of mind. This is a myth and is only believed because of the way that panic is perceived by our society. Disasters, natural or manmade, occur every day; however, very rarely does the term panic, commonly defined as “sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety”, actually occur. Despite its actual definition, the connotation placed on panic is negative and leads people to believe that they should avoid it at all costs. There are many instances in dire situations where people will feel the textbook definition of panic but continue to stay calm and collected.
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