Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is

— German proverb

What do you need to do to make the wolf look normal sized?

I guess I'm looking for the appropriate word to fill in this sentence:

... makes the wolf look the size he actually is

Neither love nor courage seem appropriate which seem to be the standard opposites suggested for fear.

Edit: replaced "as big as he is" (based on Max Williams' comment, as this could as equally be "as small as" which is not quite what I was thinking of) with "the size he actually is"

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    Something like "Boldness brings the wolf back down to size"? – Max Williams Aug 9 '16 at 11:36
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    Your context would give you a chance to employ a standard idiomatic usage almost literally. When you encounter this wolf, what you need to do is cut him down to size. – FumbleFingers Aug 9 '16 at 11:39
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    It's worth adding that "look as big as he is" suggests that he was previously looking not as big, rather than bigger. "look as small as he is" would be a better way to put it, for this reason, if you didn't want to use "cut him down to size" or something similar. – Max Williams Aug 9 '16 at 11:44
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    Keeping a cool head makes the wolf look as big as he is. – Graffito Aug 9 '16 at 11:46
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    @FumbleFingers hmm, perhaps understanding would work "understanding makes the wolf look as big as he is", i.e. if you understand the motives of the wolf fear/hunger/parent you can see him more clearly for what he is – icc97 Aug 9 '16 at 12:42

The concept of realism may fit here.

The attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly:
the summit was marked by a new mood of realism


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Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.

— German proverb

Perhaps something like:

Confidence keeps the wolf at bay.

Confidence seems the best antonym for fear in this case, though bravery may also apply.

If you are specifically looking to counter the size (though I believe taken together those two sentences would be opposing), you could maybe go with:

Confidence makes the wolf a wolf.

It doesn't specify a size, but it makes the wolf equal only to itself, not something larger or scarier.

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