I want to talk about phobias. I suppose one could be afraid of just about anything.

According to the NIMH (source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1SPEC_ADULT.shtml) ....

Phobias are said to be marked and persistent fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation.

I found this list of phobias: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_phobias

Do you have any phobias?

Have you ever gotten treatment for a phobia?

How do you know the difference between a phobia and a rational fear of something?

I have an irrational fear of men and I'm trying to work through it....but I hope the discussion can help anyone with a phobia open up. I hope we can laugh a little too....I remember so many little things I've been "afraid" of only to laugh at myself later. That ever happen to you? Or is it just me? Lol.....


Oh yah, can phobias be HEALTHY? Why did phobias evolve?

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That sounds awful. No wonder!

My mom has irrational fear of snakes. She has a hard time seeing them even on TV. Most snakes are harmless. But, I can say I exist for at least the fact that my mom would have avoided all contact with snakes, harmless or not, because she survived long enough to...you know. Lucky me.

Some people don't go into the ocean because they are afraid of sharks. Some people get killed by sharks because they went into the ocean. Going into the ocean makes it possible to get killed by sharks. That seems rational. However, going into the ocean is fun and the chances of being killed by a shark are very small. However, only people who survived having gone into the ocean can tell you this.

I've had a fear of public speaking which I hear is very common. But, mine was so bad that it interfered with college because I wouldn't show up on the day I was supposed to make a presentation to the class, therefore, I'd take a hit on my GPA. I'd say that is irrational because what am I really afraid of? Being embarrassed? Even if I fudge my presentation I would have at least received some points toward my grade.

I'm not sure what you mean by a fear of men. I've never been good at socializing with people, at least I've never felt I've been good at it and tend to avoid social situations. But if there is a woman I'm interested in then it is even worse. I feel totally awkward and exposed and can't think of a damn thing to say which causes a viscous circle or a self-reinforcing delusion. I'd call that irrational because I know that relationships are normal and healthy and once in one I have no trouble at all. What a horrible situation to be in if a person had both a fear of relationships and a fear of being alone...lol. Then again, that might be the same thing.

Fear of men is probably more like a fear of sharks and not of snakes and probably more like a fear of fear similar to public speaking. That is, it has minimal actual physical danger but could leave you feeling like crap emotionally when things don't work. Ultimately, everyone has a fear of the unknown to some degree.

I have a rational fear of women and taxes. :)

Either of them can put a man in the poor house if he don't keep his wits about him.

lolololololol omfg you are so witty.

I fear heights, my wife fears mice and rats.  Neither of us can name a causal event.

I have a phobia of fish and sea-food which doesn't bother me much in the least as I live in land and sea food isn't around here much. It is my only mania. My phobia seems really silly in comparison to others. I am really thankful that I don't have claustrophobia or fear of people or fear of failure or fear of fear.  These phobias are so debilitating it is painful to watch my friends suffer, unable to fly, go out clubbing, get a promotion or make it to the third date with a guy. Worse...they all have nothing but excuses when I calmly and caringly explain the therapies available.

What is this phobia that keeps people from overcoming their phobias?

I have cockroach phobia ... they can survive a nuclear holocaust as if they are not scary enough.

Scientists say only two things would survive a global nuclear holocaust; cockroaches and Microsoft.

Hahaha...I'm betting those scientists are holding stock in Microsoft, praying to doG it gets back to the price they bought at. :D

I have a fear of people with brown eyes i never understood why maybe because im over sensitive to emotions and feelings.

I also have a fear of blood if i see it on tv im okay if i see it irl and its to much ill get dizzy and may even pass out. no i havent been treated for it i havent even asked and when i do people take it as just no big deal when it comes to the blood.

I don't stay away from people with brown eyes i meant some nice people with them.

I just tend to not look them in the eyes as much as others but even with others i all ready struggle with eye contact so if its brown eyes it just adds more of a struggle. but again no problems i agree many with brown eyes are nice people.

Eye contact is a major form of body language in several species. I wonder if you're more aware of people's eye color at a distance? (And I imagine "eye contact" with anyone on TV or in a photo is not uncomfortable?) Even as an old man, I'm still dealing with eye contact issues, and I think I tend to look pretty unfriendly.

Btw, are your eyes blue? (I'm just guessing.)

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