CategoryPhobias

Nosocomephobia: Fear of Hospitals, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Of all the common phobias, perhaps the most irrational is the phobia of hospitals and doctors. After all, whereas a plane really could crash or a spider really could bite you, hospitals exist solely to make you better. And yet so intense is this fear that it can prevent people seeking help, advice, and even treatment. The Nature of the Problem The fear of hospitals and doctors is so widespread...

Fear of Spiders – How to Overcome Arachnophobia

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Of all the phobias, arachnophobia is arguably the most common. And yet, while a fear of airplanes or confined spaces is recognized as debilitating, the fear of spiders is generally mocked. Indeed, many of us have teased an arachnophobe at some point. Men in particular tend to be ashamed of their phobia, considering it childish and pathetic. But arachnophobia, though not the worst of phobias...

Practical Tips to Overcome Fear of Flying

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A phobia of airplanes and flying, like a phobia of spiders, snakes, or the dark, is so common that almost every sufferer knows someone with the same fear. Unfortunately, many also find such a phobia hugely restricting, cutting them off from much of the world, preventing them from visiting loved ones, and even undermining relationships. Causes Some cannot remember a time when the thought of flying...

Chromophobia – Fear of Colors

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Phobias can get pretty strange. Take ‘antidaephobia’. This is the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you… Then there are all those people who have phobias of buttons, balloons and other random inanimate objects. I personally have a fear of sticky labels! That’s a phobia so odd that I have yet to find a name for it… But perhaps a fear of colors might seem even stranger that all those...

A Strange Phobia That Almost Everyone Has to Deal With

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A lot of people are afraid of heights, and a fear of spiders seems to be pretty common too. But by and large mostly people share different fears and anxieties meaning that there’s always someone around who can safely remove the spider from the room, or who can get the ball down from the roof. Imagine though if there was a fear that everyone shared. What would we do then? Well actually we...

DIY Psychology – How to Overcome a Phobia

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Human psychology is a complex subject and one that not even the experts in the field have got completely covered. Most of us will probably never gain a complete knowledge of how the brain works, and particularly our own. So the question then is: should we attempt to ‘tamper’ with it? Can we overcome psychological problems ourselves, or do we risk making things worse? If you...

Overcoming a Fear of the Dentist

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If you suffer with a fear of the dentist then this is an understandable affliction that is likely linked to a number of bad experiences in your youth, or even vicarious learning (seeing other people go through a lot of pain). The thing is that dentists are often responsible for us being put through a lot of misery and having teeth wrenched out or filled in with filler or drilled into. Combine...

Fear of Getting Old – How to Deal With It?

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Getting old is something that happens to all of us and like death and taxes is sadly inevitable. However that doesn’t mean that everyone has to like it, and to varying degrees we might find this idea hard to swallow. While this is perfectly natural to a degree, it is also unhealthy when it is experienced in the extreme, and if you find yourself very scared of getting old then this can start to...

Ending Your Fear of Elevators

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As fears go, a fear of elevators is a common one and one that we encounter a lot. And while it is relatively easy to avoid elevators, it is still a rather inconvenient phobia and also one that can be at times embarrassing. Having to take the stairs every day to the top floor of your office building is great for your cardiovascular fitness, but when you are asked to get an elevator with some...

Fear of Blood

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There are countless phobias out there and some of these phobias seem completely erratic. For instance ‘antidaephobia’ is the fear that ‘somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you’. Fear of blood however, or ‘hemophobia’, is a far more common and understandable phobia and is one that many people experience to an extreme degree, even fainting or going into...

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