Post 3: Phobias

 Phobias... A common phobia is the fear of heights. If this sounds like you, I can definitely relate. My fear of heights also known as acrophobia started as far back as I can remember. This is congruent with research, that tells us "phobias can happen in early childhood. But they are often first seen between ages 15 and 20" (Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2021). 

Phobias are uncontrollable, and have multiple factors involved in it's development. These factors include biological factors such as genetics, and environmental factors such as a terrible first experience with heights. Although known as a "fear of heights" it is not actually the height the causes the reaction to such situations, instead it is the fear of falling. Phobias are usually linked with an extreme reaction, such as panic attacks, and actions taken to far lengths, to steer clear of heights. It is also common for people to have more than one phobia, do you have any?


  1. I can relate with a fear of heights, I tried to get over it by going on all the rides at six flags. I guess that was a way. lol

  2. You and Joseph had good posts on phobias! As for me, I ain't 'fraid of nothin'! Just kidding, I am afraid of more than I'd like to admit!

  3. I think its interesting that he stated that phobias mainly start between the ages of 15 and 20 because I clearly remember the moment my fear of spiders developed when I opened up a nature book at the age of 6 and I was never the same.

  4. Hi Thomas,
    I relate as well, but with a fear of small spaces/being stuck. I have claustrophobia, which both of my parents have so I guess it runs in the family. I have panic attacks from being in small spaces, being restrained on things like amusement rides, etc. I sometimes even get anxious when someone is smothering me and I feel as though I can't move freely. Fears are definitely not fun, but most people at least have one.


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