Paraphrase: To what degree/extent does fear play prevent us from…..
Fear play = play through fear = (diverting) activity, including manipulation of something (patient) while using fear instrumentally,
Fear play = play with fear : use of fear as toy,
Note how vague a noun complex (noun + noun) can be when one omits the preposition that is supposed to articulate the relation binding the nouns.
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