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Uncovering Fear: A Self-Constellation Exercise for Overcoming Roots of Fear and Achieving Personal Empowerment

In the journey of emotional healing, understanding the roots of our fears is a crucial step. One concept that illuminates these underlying factors is the "fear triangle,"

a configuration that helps us understand the complex relationship between our fears, our family dynamics, and our overall well-being. How can we navigate this intricate web of emotions and relationships to find a path to healing?

In the article "Uncovering Fear: A Self-Constellation Exercise for Overcoming Roots of Fear and Achieving Personal Empowerment," I invite you to delve into the understanding of the fear triangle and start overcoming it with a self-constellation exercise that you can easily implement at home.

What is the Fear Triangle?

The "fear triangle" is a configuration that helps us understand the complex relationship between our fears, the sources of these fears, and their impact on our lives.

The triangle of fear consists of three vertices:

  • The root of fear

  • The embodiment of fear

  • The consequences of living in fear

These components interact dynamically, creating a cycle that can be challenging to break without deep understanding and targeted intervention.

The triangle of fear

The Root of Fear

The first vertex of the triangle deals with the root of our fears. These roots can be multifaceted, stemming from early childhood experiences, traumatic events, or even inherited family traumas. It is not always the events themselves that instill fear, but the meanings and beliefs we attribute to them. For many, these fundamental fears remain buried in the subconscious, influencing behavior and emotions without conscious awareness.

The Embodiment of Fear

The second vertex of the triangle is how these fears manifest in our daily lives. Fear can take many forms, such as anxiety, avoidance, aggression, or even physical symptoms like stress-induced illnesses. The way we deal with these manifestations can significantly affect the quality of our lives, our relationships, and our general well-being. Recognizing these patterns is the first step in addressing the fear triangle, but many people find themselves stuck in repetitive cycles, not knowing how to break free.

The Consequences of Living in Fear

The third vertex of the triangle deals with the consequences of living in fear. When fears are not addressed, they can lead to various negative outcomes, including strained relationships, missed opportunities, and a diminished sense of self-worth. Living in a constant state of fear can also have profound effects on our physical health, contributing to chronic stress and related conditions. The cumulative effect of these outcomes can further entrench the cycle of fear, making it seem like an inevitable part of one's identity.

Understanding the triangle of fear is critical for anyone looking to break free from the grip of fear and move toward a life of emotional freedom and satisfaction. However, deconstructing this complex structure requires more than just insight; it requires a therapeutic approach that can address the deep roots of fear within the context of our most influential relationships—our families. This is where family constellation-based emotional therapy comes into play, offering a way of healing that surpasses traditional treatment methods.

How Does Fear Affect Our Lives?

Fear, although a natural and sometimes necessary response to danger, can significantly impact our lives when it becomes pervasive and unmanageable. It has the power to shape our decisions, our relationships, and our overall sense of well-being. Understanding the multidimensional ways in which fear permeates our lives can be the first step toward dealing with its grip and achieving a healthier emotional state.

Making Decisions Under the Influence of Fear

One of the most immediate effects of fear is on our decision-making processes. When fear takes the driver's seat, our choices often become guided by avoidance or the desire to escape perceived threats. This can lead to a life lived within the confines of safety, which paradoxically, may not be safe at all. Opportunities for growth, adventure, and fulfillment are often denied in favor of the familiar and comfortable. Over time, this pattern can lead to feelings of stagnation, regret, and the painful "what if?"

Fear and Its Effects on Relationships

Fear does not only affect the individual experiencing it; it extends to touch all their relationships. This can cause us to put up walls, push others away, or become overly dependent on them for a sense of security. Fear can breed mistrust, jealousy, and conflict, eroding the foundations of even the strongest relationships. In romantic relationships, fear can prevent intimacy and vulnerability, essential components of a deep connection. In family relationships, it can create a dynamic of control or avoidance, leaving little room for genuine interaction and support.

The Physical Cost of Living in Fear

The consequences of fear are not limited to the emotional and relational areas; they can take a significant toll on our physical health. Chronic fear and anxiety activate stress hormones, leading to a variety of symptoms and physical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, weakened immune function, and digestive problems. A constant state of heightened alertness can lead to exhaustion, making it difficult to engage in daily activities and enjoy life.

Fear, when left untreated, can lead to a "half-life" experience characterized by missed opportunities, strained relationships, and poor health. However, recognizing the depth and breadth of fear's influence is the first step toward empowerment and change. By acknowledging the hold that fear has on us, we can begin to seek out the tools and therapies, such as Family Constellation Therapy, that offer a way to break out of the cycle and start living a more fulfilling, fear-free life.

How Does Family Constellation-Based Emotional Therapy Offer Coping with the Triangle of Fear?

Emotional therapy based on family constellation offers a unique approach to dealing with the triangle of fear—the roots of fear, the expressions of fear, and the consequences of living in fear—by investigating deep family dynamics and generational effects. The treatment delves into the family and generational contexts that shape our experiences of fear. Through its innovative techniques, family constellation-based emotional therapy facilitates deep insights and healing, allowing patients to break free from the cycle of fear.

Understanding Family Dynamics and Fear

The triangle of fear begins with understanding the roots of our fears, many of which are intricately connected to our family systems. Family constellation-based emotional therapy illuminates how these fears are not isolated to the individual but are often reflections of traumas, conflicts, and unresolved patterns within the family. By recreating family constellations, people can see how lineage experiences, even those of family members they've never met, influence their current fears and behaviors. This insight is the first step in breaking away from these intergenerational patterns and treating the roots of fear.

Yafit - A Story from the Clinic about a Woman Who is No Longer Afraid of Fear

Success stories of patients in my clinic emphasize its effectiveness in treating the fear triangle. They report experiencing a profound change in their relationship with fear—moving from a place of avoidance and anxiety to a place of understanding and courage.

Yafit (pseudonym) allowed me to share the process she went through. She came to me with a request to overcome her fear of rejection and abandonment—a fear that ruled her life, causing her to withdraw, avoid, and feel that life was passing her by, profoundly affecting her marital relationship.

During the process, Yafit discovered that the fear guiding her stemmed from a pattern of losses in her family history. Recognizing the losses in her maternal lineage allowed Yafit to deal with fear in the present more consciously. Gradually, she learned to reduce its grip on her life. The most striking evidence of this transformation was the significant improvement in her marital relationship. Yafit began to experience satisfaction for the first time in her life.

I like to recall the process Yafit went through because her success story serves as tangible evidence of the revolutionary power of family constellation therapy in breaking the cycle of fear.

The Role of Insight and Emotional Release

A central aspect of my approach to treating the fear triangle is emphasizing insight and emotional release. By bringing hidden dynamics and traumas within the family system to light, patients gain a deeper understanding of their fears. This insight, combined with the emotional release that often occurs during a couple or individual constellation process, allows for a profound healing experience. My patients often report feeling lighter, more grounded, and more connected to themselves and their families following the process. This emotional shift is essential in changing the way people relate to their fears, helping them move towards a life free from the limitations of the fear triangle.


Self-Constellation Exercise for Initial Acquaintance with Your Fear Triangle

Choose a safe, pleasant, and quiet space for emotional exploration for about half an hour.

Place three pieces of paper on the floor to form the vertices of a triangle. Ensure there is a space of at least five steps between each vertex.

On each vertex, write its name:

- The root of fear

- The embodiment of fear

- The consequences of living in fear

Let's Start:

The first step in the constellation is observation. Position yourself at some distance from the configuration and spend a few minutes in investigative observation:

1. Triangle Details: What type of triangle did you create? Is it a right angle or an isosceles triangle? Are any vertices closer to each other? Which ones?

2. Body Awareness: How does it feel in your body to look at the triangle you created?

3. Intrigue: Which vertex intrigues you the most to explore first?

4. Avoidance: Which vertex do you most want to ignore or run away from?

Step onto the vertex that seems least threatening to you during the observation phase. In the exercise, you will be asked to stand on all the vertices, spending two minutes on each vertex.

1. Take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself as a conduit of knowledge energy rising from the core of the Earth, through the floor, through the paper representing the chosen vertex, through your feet, passing through your entire body to the top of your head, and then up into the sky.

2. Slowly transfer your attention from your body to the vertex you are standing on and connect to it. You are this vertex.

3. Self-Reflection:

  • How does it feel to be this vertex?

  • What thoughts are coming to your mind right now? Pay attention to them. Allow all thoughts to come, be, and pass.

  • What feelings arise in you now? Pay attention to them. Allow all feelings to come, be, and pass.

  • What physical sensations arise in you? Pay attention to them. Allow all sensations to come, be, and pass.

  • Notice any movement of change that occurs. What transforms into what?

After the two minutes have passed, move to the next vertex and then to the third vertex.

Familiarization Phase:

Stand at some distance from the triangle (as at the beginning). Look at the triangle and reflect on the exercise so far. What new insights have you gained? How does it feel?


The next step in our structural constellation is to become acquainted with what lies between the vertices. Stand on one vertex and start walking tiptoe towards the next vertex. This is a thoughtful walk; with every step, feel what is happening in your body. What internal movements are occurring? What thoughts and feelings arise? Pay attention to everything that comes up and continue to progress slowly to the next vertex.

1. Stop one step before the next vertex and bow slightly, allowing your neck muscles to relax and your chin to come closer to your chest. How does it feel in your body? Does your body resist or want to bend over more? If so, continue the bowing motion.

2. Take another step and stand on the vertex, looking at the journey you've made and the vertex from which you started. How does it look from here? How does it feel? Bow your head, shoulders, and chest towards the first vertex.

Now walk slowly to the third vertex and repeat the process.

Center of the Triangle:

When you finish walking along the triangle, stand in the center—the heart of the triangle of fear.

1. Orientation: Where are you facing? Which vertex? Slowly turn around in a 360-degree axis. How does it feel to observe the triangle from here? What changes in your body when you look in another direction? What happens to the fear?

2. Get a sturdy chair or step stool and place it in the center of the triangle. Stand on it.

You have created a three-dimensional pyramid, and now you are the fourth vertex—the head of the pyramid.

1. From here, look down at the base of the triangle of fear. Imagine you are zoomed out very, very high—looking down from the sky at the triangle of fear.

2. Reflection: How does it feel from here? What arises within you?

Look down and thank the triangle out loud for the knowledge it revealed to you with the following healing words:

"Thank you for letting me see you like this."
"I see you differently now"
"Thank you for what you revealed to me."
"Thank you for the movement you enabled within me."
"I allow more movements that want to come and be and pass to reach me. I will observe them and feel them with curiosity."

Now stand still for another half a minute. Notice whether your eyes are open or closed.

Read the following text to yourself:

What other movements related to the triangle of fear followed the reading of the poem?


I'm really curious to hear from you - tell me how your experience was?

You can comment here and you can send me an email or WhatsApp.


Starting a journey with family constellation therapy is a profound step towards dealing with and healing from the triangle of fear - the roots of fear, its manifestations and the consequences of living in fear. This unique therapeutic approach offers a deep dive into the family dynamics and ancestral influences that shape our emotional landscapes. By uncovering hidden patterns and addressing intergenerational trauma, Family Constellation Therapy provides a path to emotional healing that transcends the individual, fostering a deeper connection with our past and a clearer vision for our future.

The benefits of family constellation therapy are many, including improved self-awareness, breaking cycles of trauma, strengthening relationships and promoting personal growth. For those seeking to overcome deep-seated fears that hold back their lives, this treatment offers a transformative experience, guiding people toward a life of fulfillment, authenticity, and emotional freedom.


Sivan Avni, couples therapy based on family constellations and differentiation.


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