By Dua Ali
Have you ever felt scared of something? Something that seemed unreasonable. You are likely suffering from a phobia. Phobia basically means you have irrational fear of a specific object or situation. It is produced by an original threatening situation is transferred to other similar situations, with the original fear often repressed or forgotten. When a person has a phobia, they will often shape their lives to avoid what they consider to be dangerous. The imagined threat is greater than any actual threat posed by the cause of terror.
We all have things we fear. Most of the time these fears do not impact on our daily lives but if they do then it may be time for some for a short course in behavior therapy. Here’s looking into some of the most common types of phobias you might likely be suffering from:
The fear of heights.
The fear of spiders. This phobia tends to affect women more than men.
The fear of situations in which escape is difficult. This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.
The fear of flying. Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.
The fear of dogs. This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.
The fear of social situations. In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.
The fear of injections. Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.
The fear of snakes.