I am trying to give a speech on dissecting and understand what one is afraid of. I came up with the title "Fear Hacking". I am looking to use another word for "hacking" so my audience can understand what I am trying to say with my title alone. I need the word to be have a positive connotation and I have posted below some of the words that capture what I am trying to say.

  • Conquer your fear
  • Dissect your fear
  • It seems to me you should only fear hacking if you're a tree.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 5, 2017 at 21:11
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    'Use your fear'. Nobody can overcome fear. It is an instinct. It needs to be managed and exploited.Because of my occupation, I am often afraid. It is not a disadvantage.
    – Nigel J
    Oct 5, 2017 at 21:31

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Maybe deconstruct your fear.

American Heritage Dictionary:

    To break down into components; dismantle: a toxic substance that can be deconstructed into harmless chemicals.
  • to examine (something, such as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction
  • to take apart or examine (something) in order to reveal the basis or composition often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies
    • deconstruct the myths of both the left and the right —Wayne Karlin
Oxford English Dictionaries:
  • Analyze (a text or a linguistic or conceptual system) by deconstruction, typically in order to expose its hidden internal assumptions and contradictions and subvert its apparent significance or unity.
  • Reduce (something) to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it.
    ‘do we need to deconstruct all the institutions that we've created in order to improve them?’

So it seems to mean “conquer by dissecting”.

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