Fears and Phobias
by Tara V.
TYPES OF SPECIFIC PHOBIAS
- Include the fear of dogs, snakes, insects, and all other animals.
- Animal phobias are the most common phobias.
- Some fears of predatory animals may be caused by our ancestors basic survival skills of fearing predators.
- Spiders and snakes are usually feared not because they are "predatory", but because they are seen as "disgusting".
- Snakes and birds may be feared because of superstition or religion.
Did you know...
1. Babies can develop a fear of heights from being bounced or thrown by a stranger or untrusted person.
2. The 5 most common fears in the world are:
- Acrophobia --> the fear of heights
- Claustrophobia --> the fear of enclosed spaces
- Nyctophobia --> the fear of the dark
- Ophidiophobia --> the fear of snakes
- Arachnophobia --> the fear of spiders
3. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the phobia of long words.
4. Adolf Hitler reportedly had his uniforms made in a bigger size than needed because he had an irrational fear that his clothes would strangle him --> a famous example of vestiphobia, the fear of clothing.
5. The celebrity with the most fears is Woody Allen. He is afraid of insects, sunshine, dogs, deer, bright colors, children, heights, small rooms, crowds, and cancer.
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