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Phobias

Strong fear of a situation or thing that is extremely strong and causes anxiety is a phobia. Phobias could be of heights, bridges, talkiing to a group, or any number of other things. Ask and answer questions about the different types of phobias, what they are, how they happen, how to overcome them, and more in this category.

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Anxiety Disorders
Phobias

What is subjective anxiety?

Subjective anxiety refers to anxiety as described by the patient or sufferer.

Anxiety (also called angst or worry) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components.

Anxiety can be experienced differently by different people. Symptoms vary in a wide range and can also be subjective.

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Phobias
Cereal

What is it called when you're scared of cereal?

There is no specific term for fear of cereal.

Fear of food though is Cibophobia.

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Frogs
Phobias

How do you get rid of a frog phobia?

Hypnotherapy helps to reprogram your subconscious "programs" that may be part of your fear. When these programs are "de-bugged" the symptoms of Frog Phobia often are minimized. However, some people don't like the feeling of loss of control in allowing someone else to play with their personal "software". Hypnotherapy does appear to be effective in many cases. Often only one or two sessions are needed. Hypnotherapy is safe and works fast. There are also other options for overcoming a phobia. Immersion is one of them. The aim of this procedure is to overload the mind with the stimulus to the point that exposure to that level again is impossible and therefore normal exposure is not frightening. Read as: You will be locked in a small room filled with frogs and no amount of shouting, screaming or throwing yourself against the walls will get you let out. This procedure is invasive and frightening, and therefore not popular. Volunteering to be locked in a room with something you are terrified of is not a very pleasant prospect. It is often used only when the phobia is interfering with somebody's life, ie refusing to leave the house for fear of encountering a frog. Another option is gradual exposure. At first you might be asked to look at pictures of frogs, then to touch them. Eventually this might progress, over days or even weeks, to being in the same room as a frog, standing next to somebody holding a frog, touching a frog and eventually handling a frog. There are also ways to manage a phobia without actually overcoming it - asking somebody to remove all the frogs from your house and yard, and trying to avoid being in places that frogs frequent. If you choose this option, please have the frogs relocated instead of killing them. They don't deserve to die because you don't like them.

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Anxiety Disorders
Phobias

What is the phobia name for fear of libraries?

Its the same as the fear of books - Bibliophobia.

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History of Ireland
Phobias
Emotions

What is a fear of Irish people called?

Hibernophobia

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Phobias

What is thaasophobia?

Thaasophobia is the fear of being idle, i.e. the fear of boredom.

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Anxiety Disorders
Phobias
Emotions

What phobia is the fear of shopping carts?

Gouwuchephobia is the fear of shopping carts. However, only one reference to this can be found on the web.

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Food & Cooking
Phobias
Word Games

What is the phobia word for cake?

It depends.

What kind of cake is it? Is it a chocolate cake, or vanilla? Shoot, is it strawberry?

Furthermore, is it ice cream cake or regular?

THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT FACTORS

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Anxiety Disorders
Emus
Phobias

What is the name for fear of emus?

Currently, there is no official name for the fear of emus.

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Germany in WW2
Phobias
Emotions

What is the fear of Japanese people called?

Fear of Asians is called sinophobia.

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Entertainment & Arts
Word and Phrase Origins
Phobias
Adjectives and Articles

Some phrases used to describe fear?

1. blinked sweat from my eyes

2. My heart almost stopped beating

3. His eyes staring in disbelief

4. Wild with fear

5. My stomach turned to ice

6. Frozen to the spot

7. They hurried along the silent alley, as though driven by shuddering fear.

8. Terror held me like a vice-like grip.

9. The torture of my indecision and fear threatened to crush me.

10. Those death-like eyes, devoid of all emotions...

11. Like the cold breath of a grave, her words seemed to cut my very soul.

12. I was strickened into silence.

13. A ghastly whiteness spread over her face.

14. His face a frozen in a glassy stare of horror

15. I stared at the corpse with a grim and shuddering fascination.

16. An uncomfortable premonition of fear pervaded his senses.

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Phobias

What is the fear of pears called?

pearphobia

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Phobias

Is there a name for egg phobia?

Egg phobia is ovophobia.

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Anxiety Disorders
Phobias
Emotions

What is the phobia term for the fear of cougars?

Jewphobia

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Anxiety Disorders
Phobias

What phobia is the fear of tsunamis?

Antlophobia

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Phobias

What is alto phobia?

A fear of heights or high altitudes.

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Anxiety Disorders
Phobias
Emotions

What is the name of the fear for not being wanted?

Autophobia is the fear of being alone and unwanted.

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Phobias

How many people suffer from omphalophobia?

It is a rare phobia and few people suffer from it. I myself have omphalophobia and I personally don't know anyone else who has it.

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Mental Health
Anxiety Disorders
Phobias

What is it called when you are afraid of depths?

Bathophobia. The Greek root, bathy, means deep.

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Phobias

Is luposlipaphobia a real phobia?

Luposlipaphobia An abnormal, persistent fear of of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor. ; However, some believe that it is not a real phobia, and was invented for a Far Side cartoon.

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Anxiety Disorders
Psychology
Phobias

What is the phobia name for fear of the number 21?

Tweelaophobia

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Phobias

What is tonitrophobia?

tonitrophobia is the fear of lightning and thunder

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Phobias

What phobia is the fear of people staring at you?

staracaphobia which comes comes from the word stare.

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Phobias

What is The fear of globes is called?

Cheezaphobia is the fear of globes. Contrary to popular belief, globaphobia is not the fear of globes, but in fact the fear of balloons. Hope this helps!

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Relationships
Abusive Relationships and Domestic Violence
Phobias
Abusive Families

Do women stay in abusive relationships because of a fear of being alone?

  • Women stay in abusive relationships for a variety of reasons, it is never that simple. They may believe that they can work through issues with their partner and the abuse will diminish. It is never easy to leave someone when the heart is entangled, just because there is abuse doesn't mean there is not love. There may be a fear of being 'alone', but it is not usually just that that keeps them. Victims of abuse often suffer from high levels of insecurity and low self-confidence which makes it easy for them to be convinced by the abuser that they are at fault for their abusive behaviour. So, often the woman may feel that if she changes her behaviour then the abuse will stop. It can become a cycle that becomes more and more abusive over time and leaves the woman feeling so hopeless that she begins to accept her partners abusive behaviour.
  • Yes, and it also depends on the culture of the woman. In some culture women are not "allowed" or afraid to leave, it could be so that they don't bring shame to their family...a lot of times they stay for "the kids" not realizing that they do more harm to their children when they stay in an abusive relationship. Abusers also chose women that have issues, like insecurity thus making it easier for them to control the victim. Also, in this day in age, the victim is no longer just a woman, it can be a man, in the gay/lesbian community, transgender community. Rich or poor, educated or not, violence exists and I think the cycle can be broken if the children can be taken out of the violent situation in time so that their generation has a chance to make better choices and live different lives.
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