Phobias, general or specific?

A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object. Someone has conveniently put together a list you can read here.

There are basically two catagories of phobia, specific and general phobias.

Specific phobias are in the hundreds, possible thousands but the most common are:

  • Arachnophobia (Fear of spiders)
  • Ophidiophobia (Fear of snakes)
  • Acrophobia (Fear of heights)
  • Aerophobia (Fear of flying)
  • Cynophobia (Fear of dogs)
  • Astraphobia (Fear of thunder and lightning)
  • Trypanophobia (Fear of injections)

Then there’s general phobia which is more like general anxiety and usually takes more work to overcome. A general phobia would be all dogs rather than a specific breed like Alsatian or Doberman. The fear of the dentist rather than the fear of needles, you get the idea.

The good news is they’re all curable, yes that’s right and it’s usually quite quick too once I can identify the point where your brain coded it in. It’s like trying to find a parking space on Brighton seafront, sometimes it takes longer than others.

If you have a phobia please leave a comment below or just call and lets see about ridding it for you.

Dentist phobia
One of the more common phobias is called dentophobia.