The Sims 4 Wants and Fears Guide: All Fears and How to Get Rid of Them

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The Sims 4 Wants and Fears Guide

Wants and fears have been a mechanic in the Sims franchise since The Sims 2. They help add variety to your game by introducing easy-to-complete tasks that your characters complete throughout the day while simultaneously posing challenges to overcome. In The Sims 4, they are similar but have some key differences to note. If you’re interested in learning more, continue reading to find a comprehensive guide to The Sims 4 wants and fears, including a complete list of each fear and how to get rid of them.

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The Sims 4 Wants and Fears Guide: All Fears and How to Get Rid of Them

Before diving into fear mechanics, it’s important to touch upon wants and how they work. While not as complex as fears, they’re a fundamental part of the update that pave the way to overcoming your fears.

How Do Wants Work in the Sims 4?

Wants behave similarly to aspirations in that they reward you with satisfaction points you can redeem in the Aspiration Rewards Store. While aspirations are long-term goals that take several in-game days to complete, wants are typically ones that take far less time. They include tasks like talking to certain Sims, visiting a particular lot, or increasing low needs. They are also situational and will update as the day goes on. As you complete wants, you’ll gain points to use in the Aspiration Rewards Store.

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Spending Aspiration Points in the Rewards Store

The Rewards Store provides several helpful items and traits you’ll want to buy to make your life easier. Cheaper ones include instant mood potions, while expensive upgrades allow you to never eat, sleep or shower again. You can save plenty of time by investing in these traits, but it’ll take a while to gain enough points. By fulfilling wants throughout your playthrough, you’ll hasten your progress to accomplishing this in between your aspirations.

Even if you don’t plan on gaining satisfaction points, you’ll still want to fulfill your wants periodically. If you don’t, you risk gaining the Fear of Unwanted Dreams, which negatively impacts your character’s daily life. The next section will touch upon this further.

Related: How to Get Rid of the Unfulfilled Dreams Fear in The Sims 4

All Fears in The Sims 4 and How to Get Rid of Them

While wants are pleasant, day-to-day tasks you can complete in The Sims 4, fears are traits that halt your progress. Much like the real world, they act as obstacles to performing your best, and it’s up to you to overcome them.

Below is a list of every fear you can encounter:

FearCauseHow to Overcome
Being Cheated OnNot talking to your partner
Negative/embarassing WooHoo experience
Talk about Relationship Fears with your partner
Being JudgedSomeone insulting, yelling at, or performing other Mean interactions with your characterDiscuss Figure Out Differences with two other Sims
CowplantsBeing eaten by a Cowplant and surviving the experienceBe in a Confident mood and milk the Cowplant
Crowded PlacesBeing in a crowded area with a lot of peopleHave positive or funny interactions while in a crowded place
Dead End JobWorking a full-time job
Not getting promoted
Regain Passion and go to work with a positive result moodlet.
DeathWitnessing death
Performing dangerous actions
Talk about Fear of Death with elderly Sims or give the Grim Reaper a Death Flower
FailureCreating a poor-quality object
Poor job performance
Create an object and Show it Off to someone
Go to work and Ask for a Performance Review
FireWitnessing a fireSuccessfully extinguish a fire
GhostsHaving negative experiences with ghostsWin a fight against a ghost
HorsesHaving negative experiences with horses (Horse Ranch expansion)Discuss Fear of Horses with another Sim
SwimmingHaving a near-death experience while swimmingBe in a Confident mood and go swimming
The DarkHaving experience with the Occult while outside at night
Sims may also get this while sleeping
Be in a Confident mood and go outside during the night
Unfulfilled DreamsNot fulfilling any WantsFulfill any Want and Discuss Fears with other Sims

If you don’t want to use any of the techniques above to get rid of your fears, you can also buy a Fear-Be-Gone potion from the Aspirations Reward Store.

Related: How to Get Rid of the Dead-End Job Fear in The Sims 4

How to Disable Wants and Fears

Are you tired of dealing with wants and fears in The Sims 4? Did you prefer your game experience before this update? To disable these features, head into your Game Options and go into Gameplay. Tick the “Show Wants & Fears” box off to disable them, and tick the box again if you want to turn them back on.

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About the Author

Madison Benson

Madison is a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.