Via Instapundit, an article on fear. There are a lot of dubious claims about women and men, but these parts are true for everyone:
Anxiety and fear are paradoxically often a product— not a failure— of a woman’s being both astute and perceptive: The most fearful are often those with the most imaginative intelligences.
Displacement of fears from the actual to the imaginary leads not to reassurance but to a deluded sense of protection from danger. Even when we know that our imagined fears typically outnumber our actual we continue to displace our feelings of fear onto other, perhaps even more potentially destructive, emotions and behaviors. We can’t help it.