If you run, you die.

Go towards it!

The things we fear are nearly *never* as bad as we expect once those fears are confronted.

Whether it is a video game, an interpersonal issue, a political issue, or a personal defense issue the best course of action is almost always to go towards the things we fear.

If you run from your fears all of your energy is spent in the running when it would almost always require less energy and time to turn and face the fear.

M. Scott Peck wrote a book about this general idea : The Road Less Travelled

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche told a story about traveling with his attendants to a monastery he’d never seen before. As they neared the gates, he saw a large guard dog with huge teeth and red eyes. It was growling ferociously and struggling to get free from the chain that held it. The dog seemed desperate to attack them. As Rinpoche got closer, he could see its bluish tongue and spittle spraying from its mouth. They walked past the dog, keeping their distance, and entered the gate. Suddenly the chain broke and the dog rushed at them. The attendants screamed and froze in terror. Rinpoche turned and ran as fast as he could—straight at the dog. The dog was so surprised that he put his tail between his legs and ran away.