Phobias are very common. A phobia is when someone has an overwhelming fear of an object, place, animal, etc. Two of the most common phobias that majority of us know about are acrophobia and claustrophobia. Acrophobia is the fear of heights while claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces. A phobia of mine that may be uncommon is ailurophobia which is a fear of cats. I get extreme anxiety when seeing a cat in general. A few months, a cat was on my neighbors roof where I would not even walk to my car until the cat was gone.
That is very interesting that you have a fear of cats, I have never met someone with that fear. I personally have a fear of the ocean but that wont prevent me from going in it, I just dont like it when I cant touch my feet to the ground.ReplyDelete
Yes, phobias are very common, my sister had a fear of water bugs and to this day I never knew why? I’m guessing that she had some type of adverse encounter with one, but I never found out for what reason. I remember reading about Carl Gustav Young’s “Collective UN-conscious” paper about fears that are innate and even with any encounters with a stimuli such as snakes. Basically, it stated that this fear or phobia can be programed into our brain in the lower stem and be awaken with just the sight and nothing else at all. (In Jungian psychology) the part of the unconscious mind which is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all humankind, as distinct from the individual's unconscious. Did you ever have a adverse encounter with a cat, or is it an innate perverse reaction?ReplyDelete