What's the meaning of the expression "in the open" in the phrase below:
This is partly because fear is uncommon and short-lived in the open.
The page where I found this sentence is: dictionary.cambridge.org/pt/dicionario/ingles/short-lived. Before posting this question I did a Google search trying to find the full text or article so I could try to understand it by myself but I got nothing,
Does it have any figurative meaning in this case?