Phobia, The Mind Killer - Scared nervous dark skinned young lady
Scared nervous dark skinned young lady

Everybody has a personal encounter with fear, that moment when insecurity fills the room of the soul and vigorously shatters every ounce of self-esteem.

Fear is an unpleasant feeling triggered by a sense of danger which may be real or imaginary. It’s a disease of the mind, with symptoms including perturbation, anxiety, and worry.

We all have something we fear as humans, these referred to as phobias.  

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, “phobia is an extremely strong dislike or fear of something or someone”. People fear anything and virtually everything.

Phobias are usually caused by a particular situation or object. According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are three major types of phobias; Agoraphobia, Specific phobia and Social phobia.

Agoraphobia is the fear of situations that cause helplessness or panic.

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Specific phobia is an irrational fear caused by the thought or presence of specific situations and objects, examples include acrophobia (fear of heights), arachnophobia(fear of spiders), keraunophobia (fear of thunder),  astrapophobia (fear of lightning) and xenophobia(fear of strangers) amongst many others.

Social phobia which causes extreme anxiety in social or public situations, and is often times referred to as social anxiety disorder, where an individual tends to avoid social interactions for fear of been judged negatively by others.

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Phobias develop from traumatic situations they had in the past, or exposure to disturbing events.

Many have overpowered their phobias and have taken charge of their minds, some do it with the help of therapy or self-will. As the common saying goes, fear is “False Evidence Appearing Real”.

One thing people tend not to grasp is that fear is only in the mind, it has no effects on reality unless you allow it to. When you begin to build self-confidence, your fears will diminish easily like how darkness flee at the sight of the morning sun.

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