Category: Phobias

Social Phobia/Specfic Phobia

Social Phobia

A person with social phobia fears being watched or humiliated while doing something in front of others. The activity is often as mundane as signing a personal check or eating a meal. The most common social phobia is the fear of speaking in public. Many people have a generalized form of social phobia, in which they fear and avoid interpersonal interactions. This makes it difficult for them to go to work or school or to socialize at all. Social phobias generally develop after puberty and, without treatment, can be lifelong.

Specific Phobia

As the name implies, people with a specific phobia generally have an irrational fear of specific objects or situations. The disability caused by this phobia can be severe if the feared object or situation is a common one. The most common specific phobia in the general population is fear of animals—particularly dogs, snakes, insects, and mice. Other specific phobias are fear of closed spaces (claustrophobia) and fear of heights (acrophobia). Most simple phobias develop during childhood and eventually disappear. Those that persist into adulthood rarely go away without treatment


treatment for phobias

Treatment Any phobia that interferes with daily living and creates extreme disability should be treated. With proper treatment, the vast majority of phobia patients can completely overcome their fears and be symptom-free for years, if not for life. Effective relief can usually be gained through either cognitive behavior therapy, medication, or a combination of both

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In behavior therapy, one meets with a trained therapist and confronts the feared object or situation in a carefully planned, gradual way and learns to control the mental and physical reactions of fear. By confronting rather than fleeing the object of fear, the person becomes accustomed to it and can lose the terror, horror, panic, and dread he or she once felt.

 Medications are used to control the panic experienced during a phobic situation, as well as the anxiety caused by anticipation of that situation and are often used to treat social phobia and agoraphobia.

Are phobias past down in our genes?

This is a study  that  was done to see if phobias   are passed  down  through  our genes. In this  study  they  tested twins who  had phobias  to  see if their twin also  suffer  the same phobias,   they  also  compared  parents who  had a phobia to see if their child have the same phobia.



Here is a pretty interesting article on phobias. Two  things that  I found interesting is   how it says  that  there almost 6.3 million adults suffer from  phobias, I really  did not think  they  were that  many  people who suffer from some  kind of phobia.  Another thing I found interesting is how  twins seem to  suffer from  the same  phobia  even  when  they are raised in different households and educated  in different schools.



Phobias in Children

Phobias in children  is not as heard of  as much  as adults and phobias, it may be believed that young children do not suffer from phobias, one of the reasons is because their parents do not want to admit that their child is afraid of something or has anxiety, and they  believe that their phobia is just a stage, however  children do suffer from phobias.

Here is an article on phobias in children, the article talks about the most common phobias in children and how they develop the phobias  Phobias in children is not just a stage and they  need to be treated before their phobia before it gets out of hand.


Celebrities have Phobias too?

Most people think celebrities are quite normal and don’t have any worries  here is  something that proves that is not true.

Here is a list of celebrities who have phobias:

Adele: fear of birds

Rihanna: fear of fish

( strange because she grew up in the Caribbean)

Madonna : fear of thunder

Jennifer Aniston and Cher : fear of flying

Pamela  Anderson : fear of mirrors

Katie Holmes : fear of  raccoons

Kanye West : fear of telephones

Johnny Deep: fear of clowns

Carmen Electra: fear of water

strange because she was on Baywatch

Jessica Simpson : fear of brushing teeth

Jessica recently said, ”I only brush my teeth  3 or 2 times a week because I am afraid my teeth will get slimy’ (ewww!)

Justin Timberlake : fear of snakes





List of the weirdest Phobias

Bogyphobia: Fear of the bogeyman


Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.


Leukophobia: Fear of the color white

Dextrophobia: Fear of objects at the right side of the body

Geniophobia: Fear of chins

Kathisophobia: Fear of sitting down

Nomatophobia: Fear of names

Metrophobia: Fear of poetry

Pogonophobia: Fear of beards

Bibliophobia: Fear of books

Peladophobia: Fear of bald people

Sophophobia: Fear of learning

Trichopathophobia: Fear of hair

Scolionophobia: Fear of school

Verbophobia: Fear of words

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of long words

The differance between phobias and fears.

A fear is a normal emotion that everyone experiences and can easily overcome it.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, which are disorders in a person wherein they feel anxious about a certain object or situation. phobias are irrational fears of a certain object or situation. It is an uncontrollable feeling and cannot be easily overcome.

The difference between normal fear and a phobia
Normal fear Phobia
Feeling anxious when flying through turbulence or taking off during a storm Not going to your best friend’s island wedding because you’d have to fly there
Experiencing butterflies when peering down from the top of a skyscraper or climbing a tall ladder Turning down a great job because it’s on the 10th floor of the office building
Getting nervous when you see a pit bull or a Rottweiler Steering clear of the park because you might see a dog
Feeling a little queasy when getting a shot or when your blood is being drawn Avoiding necessary medical treatments or doctor’s checkups because you’re terrified of needles


How to overcome a phobia

Here is  a  youtube clip on how to overcome a phobia:

Article on phobias

Here is a  article on why people get phobias:


I choose to  do  phobias because I was interested in different phobias and why people develop different phobias.

Here is  a website of a list of phobias: