A quite complete and full-circle definition of Fear, Phobias and Anxiety:
All fears are a reaction to something Believed or Defined to be true; a Belief in a potential reality that is not preferred and not in alignment with who and what You truly Prefer to Be (the greater You!) – a Belief or a Definition that allows You to experience reality in this particular emotional (fearful) way.
Fear is not at all meant to be buried, ideally quite the opposite: it should be felt, invited, to be as powerful as it possibly can be, because when someone is dealing with issues of a great magnitude, the faster and easier it will be to transform those fears.
You can let yourself dive into the fear, process it and then You will know through your feelings, through your emotionality what it is about yourself that you are learning through that fear.
A specific type of fear (like a phobia for example) can be a big clue to what the Definition You have “bought into”. So, use your fear to serve You, and the more that You become aware that that’s what fear can be used for, the more excited and curious You’ll become about fear when You experience it, and the more quickly thus You will transform the fear into curiosity, imagination and inspiration!
Fear can also be seen like a sour key on a piano, that can be correctly tuned by first finding the Definition that allows You to experience the ‘flat key’, and then by changing to a new positive Definition, bringing it thus back into harmony with the rest of the keys.