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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I found it hysterical that "Sesquipedalophobia" means – fear of long words.....and it's probably the longest word on that list!!!

Also: there is such a thing!

Papaphobia – fear of the Pope! http://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/papaphobia

Be afraid.....be VERY afraid!

There is also a fear of Atheists called Atheophobia.. 

Lets not "send in the clowns", please. Well, time has made them tolerable and even mildly entertaining. I attribute it to a horrid clown painting on the wall in my crib room, visible in some baby pics.

Or the movie IT?

Didn't catch that movie, guessing it's not all about Milla Jovovich wasting clowns by the dozen but if it was, I'd like to see it...;) Let's give the zombies a break already.

Yeah.  It ruined clowns for me, too.

If you're afraid of clowns, this is the movie to see ;)

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_(1990_film)

In Europe, clowns don't wear makeup as it frightens the children.

See, there they go again, being all practical and forward thinking.

Oh, and children should never be frightened, right?

Are we talkin' like, Unseen Scary!?

Unseen frightens me...he's...like...well...unseen...and that's scary. :0

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