Phobias: an irrational response of terror to a specific object or situation.  Several types of phobias exist. Some people fear large, open spaces. Others are unable to tolerate certain social situations. And still others have a specific phobia, such as a fear of snakes, illness or flying. More than a simple fear, a phobia drives people to go out of their way to avoid certain situations and to dread the possibility of encountering the object of terror. Some phobias are learned from a parent; some result from a specific trauma; and, many others have symbolic meaning.


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