Most people have phobias. Phobias are what you get when fear of dangerous things turn into fear of illogical things. Once, long ago, you may not have wanted to walk out into open spaces for fear of being seen and eaten by a predator. Nowadays most open places where humans live are safe zones. You can walk across a square without fear. Still, many people have agoraphobia.
One of the most common phobias is about talking in public. It's one of the least dangerous things you can do. Yet many are less scared of death than of talking in front of others.
I have many phobias. 😀 One is “fear” of goo and sticky dirt. I don't like the feeling of being wet unless I'm washing or showering. As soon as I am done I make sure to wipe off every drop of water. I can handle being gooey, dirty and wet, but I avoid it when I can. 🙂 At times I have been scared of heights too. After having worked on roofs and in other high places I have gradually made it go away. It’s CBT in practice. If I don't expose myself to heights, however, the phobia returns. I used to have severe “party phobia”. Any invite to something that involved more than a couple of people made me panic. 🙂 It's in control now. When I understood that it stemmed from a feeling of not having a clear role or purpose, I could handle going to parties. I accept that at those occasions I don't have a purpose that I find meaningful to me. 🙂 Blood and needle phobia is another one that I can relate to. Today it's very much in control, but there was a time when it was a problem.
The best thing about phobias is that they are relatively easy to treat. The hardest thing is to make yourself ask for help and in many cases you will need that. Cognitive behavioral therapy probably is the most common treatment.
How many phobias do you have? Can you count them? Which one is the worst? Which one cripples you most? Are there any that you are ashamed of? You are not alone. I find that things I think of as “weak spots” (bad wording) in my person are less so when I am open about them. That can even make them sort of strength. Share if you can. I'm pretty sure nothing bad will happen. 😉
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