Phobias

What’s the Difference Between Healthy Fear and Phobia?

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The basic definition of a phobia is an intense irrational fear. Meaning a fear that causes you distress when there is no logical reason you should be distressed. Agoraphobia, social phobia, claustrophobia, and arachnophobia are the most common phobias people suffer from. However, a phobia isn’t limited to these particular categories. A phobia can be [...]

Hodophobia: What It Is and How to Treat It

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Hodophobia is, to put it simply, the fear of travelling. There are many ways it manifests itself, and through many symptoms. For some, this fear is localized only for specific trips and methods of transportation. Others fear any and all kinds of trips. So, for example, one individual may be afraid of even leaving their [...]

Phobia Names: Why Can’t We Just Agree?

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Why are there so many names for phobias? Why can’t we just agree on one for each? If you have the fear of newness or novelty, you get to choose among 8 terms: Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia, Kainotophobia, and Neophobia. The fear of being touched has 6 names to describe it, and the [...]

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