Fear: Phobias

5Fear, we all have it, yet different triggers. We all have the same diagnosis, yet experience different symptoms. Ranging from anxiety, to crying, to the fetal position.

Many suffer from arachnophobia. Fear from the small spider they could easily smash. True, there are some spiders that grow to be a size larger than your hand, but, they’re more common in a South American, Asian, or African jungle or desert, than an urbanized neighborhood in the U. S. A fear sparked from a traumatic experience as a kid? Or a natural instinct to avoid that which can harm you, such as the threat from the bite of a brown recluse?

There are many in my generation who suffer from coulrophobia, “fear of clowns.” Does its origins lie from a traumatic experience as a child? such as being held by one as a toddler? Or most likely, the of watching Stephan King’s It at an age too young. With the Joker being a reinforcement of the distrust of those with face make-up and red noses.

Glossophobia, “fear of public speaking,” is still one of the top five universal fears today. We talk, communicate with people daily, yet there’s something intimidating about standing in front of a crowd, their eyes targeted on you, as you deliver an announcement, a speech, or a sermon.

Ophidiophobia, “fear of snakes.” A natural instinct for survival? Or the result of Genesis 3:15? “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.’

Claustrophobia, no, not the fear of Santa Claus, but of tight spaces, the lack of a personal bubble.

Nyctophobia, “fear of the dark,” one of the most common fears of mankind from generation to generation. A natural instinct to keep us safe? the conditioning from watching too many horror films? or the fear of the unknown?

Mysophobia, also known as verminophobia, germophobia, germaphobia, bacillophobia, and bacteriophobia, is the “fear of contamination and germs.” Perhaps stemming from a survival tactic, to not be killed by a tiny (yet deadly) bacterium?

Genuphobia, “fear of knees;” Xylophobia, “fear of wooden objects;” Octophobia, “fear of the figure 8;” Sosantoglitaphobia, “fear of Sasquatch;” Coasterphobia, the unofficial title for the “fear of rollercoasters”–or it could be labeled as acro-tachophobia “fear of heights and speed.”

We each are afraid of something. For me, I suffer from acrophobia, thantophobia, “fear of losing someone I love;” and minor cases of glossophobia, driving phobia, and kainotophobia, “fear of change.”

We all are afraid of something. To some, our own individual fears may be scoffed at by others, because they do not understand it. And there are daredevils, those who have less fears, yet no one is fearless–and does that make them more brave, or more likely to be  seriously injured?

Fear is natural, but when you encounter it, ask yourself: “Why am I afraid of this?” “Can I overcome it? Outgrow it?” and if not, ask yourself, “Okay, I’m afraid of this. But how can I not let my fear hinder my life? Or stop me from doing what must be done?”

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