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  1. When does a fear become a phobia?

    When does a fear become a phobia?

    For instance, I am afraid of spiders.... and when they move I run out of the room. But I can watch spiders on the T.V...

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  3. When does a fear become a phobia?

    Good question: All of us have certain fears - we call them phobias when they are extreme and begin to interfere significantly with our day-to-day lives in an attempt to avoid the object or situation that causes fear. Phobias are fears taken to an extreme, to the point where they become irrational and where the avoidance behaviors prevent one from living a normal life.

    For example, your fear of spiders is a rather common fear - it would be considered a phobia if that fear caused you to avoid places or situations where there might be a remote chance that a spider could appear - at it's worst, you might be afraid to leave your home because of the chance that you might come across a spider somewhere.

    Some definitions of phobia:

    A persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that results in a compelling desire to avoid it
    specialed.peoriaud.k12.az.us/disgloss.htm

    An obsessive, persistent, unrealistic fear of an external object or situation.
    http://www.gainsctr.com/curriculum/j...e/glossary.htm

    An intense fear of a specific object or situation. Most of us consider ourselves to have phobias, but to be diagnosable, the fear must significantly restrict our way of life.
    allpsych.com/dictionary/dictionary3.html

    Persistent irrational fear of an activity or object. This leads to avoidance. The fear is out of proportion of the reality of the threat.
    www.psychejam.com/glossary__of_terms.htm

    Extreme irrational fear and avoidance of the object of that fear.
    http://access.autistics.org/resource...sary/main.html

    Pathological fear of some specific stimulus or situation.
    para.unl.edu/para/SpedProg/Glossary.html

    An abnormal fear of an object, experience, or place.
    http://yourmedicalsource.com/library..._glossary.html

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    Re: Phobia/Fear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Baxter
    When does a fear become a phobia?
    For instance, I am afraid of spiders.... and when they move I run out of the room. But I can watch spiders on the T.V...
    Hi Robin, wow am I glad to see that I am not the only one terrified of spiders.

    I have been bitten several times and have had reactions to their bites, so my fear is really large.

    I even swear I can feel their presence before I see them, sort of like they are looking at me through all of their eyes. You are braver then I am, i can't even bear to see them on tv. If one happesn to be in my car when driving, I pull over very fast.

    I don't kill them though, I vaccume them up in my vaccume cleaner. And I make sure that I catch them, because if you don't, they do come back and look for you.

    think I am afraid of spiders? shuddering at the thought of one. ewwwwwwwwwww

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    Fear (Spiders)

    Hi Momof5

    My fear of bees matches your fear of spiders. I can spot them from quite a distance and doesnt matter where or what I'm doing......I take off running. It's those big black and yellow bumble bees and they can be quite aggressive. I did some reading on them and it seems they have a twin which is the carpenter bee. Apparently, the male carpenter bees which are the ones to go out in search of ? who knows what, can't sting you and here's my thought on that matter.........like I'm really going to get close enough to make that distinction........NOT ! ...lol

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    When does a fear become a phobia?

    Hi Cybil2U,
    Welcome to psychlinks!

    Isn't it weird, when you think about it, how we, giant people, can fear small insects? And the weird thing about my fear of which I'm sure somewhere I have stated, I don't like to squish them. I suck them up in the vaccume.

    My husband makes light of my fear of spiders. Its infuriating that he does so. And, the size doesn't matter. It could be a tiny tiny little thing and it still will create the same amount of fear.

    And, I don't blame you for not sticking around to find out which species of bee is headed your way, I would "buzz" out as well!

    My youngest can hold spiders and let them walk all over him, eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww!! to that. But its good that he didn't inherit my fear of them. (But does he have to be so "Brave" about it?

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    When does a fear become a phobia?

    Quote Originally Posted by momof5
    I don't like to squish them. I suck them up in the vacuum.
    And that's why none of us here want to get momof5 mad at us... ;o)

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    Spiders?

    Anyone ever wonder why all us arachnophobes have such a phenominal sense of periphial vision. It could be behind us, and we'd still see it move...

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    When does a fear become a phobia?

    The only creatures that I don't like at all are moths and centipedes. I remember once when I was in high school I saw a centipede scurry across the floor right in front of me. Believe me, they are FAST! I also hate moths because they are ugly, and have a tendency to fly in your face.

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    When does a fear become a phobia?

    My mom loves spiders. She says, "They're your friends." She puts them outside whenever they are in her house.

    They don't bother me, but if one bit me I would have some serious problems with them. On the other hand I am terrified of snakes which is probably not an irrational fear. They ARE creepy. Shudder, shudder.

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    When does a fear become a phobia?

    Not to mention, some are poisonous! Luckily no poisonous snakes in my neck of the woods.

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