Some time ago I read a short article called "The Scent of Fear" in which it was claimed that fear exudes a scent that an animal can smell. The author claimed that this scent of fear arouses an antagonism within the animal and he often attacks in self-defense.
I once knew a geologist who told me that he was sitting on a rock one day out in the desert, drawing a map. As he worked, he happened to glance down and noticed a rattlesnake coiled under the edge of the rock on which he was sitting. I asked him what he did when he saw the rattlesnake and was he afraid of it. He said, "Not at all. I had no desire to hurt the snake and he had no desire to harm me." So he sat there and leisurely completed his plans and then went about his business with no thought of fear.
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