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    fear of spiders= arachnophobia
    phobia= irrational fear

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    New found irrational fear: relationships? Or maybe the fact that I don't want to be in one, but would like to 'get around' but am too scared because I'm too 'innocent' for that and probably will have no clue what I'm doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guesswho View Post
    fear of spiders= arachnophobia
    phobia= irrational fear
    I know the defintion of the Greek root. I was just stating my observation and opinion that the most common "phobias" do not seem, to me, to be purposeless and unfounded fears rather misinterpreted survival instincts.
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    More like overactive survival instincts.

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    *gets on pedantic soapbox*

    1. Ahem, Greek, not Latin.

    *get's off pedantic soapbox*

    2. You are right about some fears representing an evolutionary advantage (see predator, run from predator, etc.). But "phobias" as a category include fears such:

    * Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning.
    * Acrophobia, Altophobia – fear of heights.
    * Agoraphobia, Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable.
    * Agraphobia – fear of sexual abuse.
    * Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife).
    * Algophobia – fear of pain.
    * Agyrophobia – fear of crossing roads.
    * Aibohphobia - fear of palindromes. Recognized as a palindromic version of the word "phobia."
    * Androphobia – fear of men.
    * Anemomenophobia - fear of windmills.
    * Anthropophobia – fear of people or being in a company, a form of social phobia.
    * Anthophobia – fear of flowers.
    * Aquaphobia – fear of water. Distinct from Hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water, as well as an archaic name for rabies.
    * Arachnophobia- fear of spiders.
    * Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia – fear of thunder, lightning and storms; especially common in young children.
    * Atychiphobia, fear of failure
    * Aviophobia, Aviatophobia – fear of flying.

    ...and that's just the letter A! This list doesn't distinguish between fear of pain (reasonable) and fear of flowers (not so much). One of my favorites: Fragariaphobia - fear of strawberries

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobias_list

    So maybe we should make a distinction on two levels: A- biologically reasonable fear B- biologically unresaonable fear; 1- healthy level of fear (necessarx for self conservation) 2- unhealthy level of fear (destructive)
    So fragariaphobia would be a fear of the subcategory B2 if we assume that any fear of strawberries is unhealthy (unless you are allergic). A normal level of fear of pitbulls on the other hand would be a fear of the subcategory A1.
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    I have an uncertain fear or Haight, though that may be a rational one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    I have an uncertain fear or Haight, though that may be a rational one.
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    I don't understand how someone would be afraid of open spaces, actually I thought that that's what agoraphobia meant, since the Agora was a market. They're afraid of not being able to escape from an open space lol.
    I guess most phobias have a survival thing in them, I don't know if it's an instinct or a collective unconscious thing,the things that are feared are not random, nobody's afraid of rabbits noo, because they're not a threat, and we have never perceived them as a threat throughout time.
    Spiders are not a thread now , but they kind of were 1500 years ago. Are these memories or just instincts ..or both

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    It's not funny to have agoraphobia. It means fear of exposure, like having no place to hide. When you think of it that way, it makes more sense. It happens a lot to people with severe social anxiety and/or panic disorder.

    I think phobias are just magnified rational fears. Like I have a phobia of car accidents...and a lot of people DO die in car accidents. It's just that I blow it out of proportion. Other people do this with heights, fire, etc.

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    I also fear car accidents, but I didn't fear them till I was returning from the seaside with this psycho ESTP guy and he started driving GTA style, we almost crashed like 2 times at about 100mph it's more like a post traumatic thing for me, but i got over it.

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