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Do YOU Have A Fear Or A Phobia?

Dr. Glassman explains the difference between a fear and a phobia in this article.

How do you know if you have a fear or a phobia? There is a very clear difference between the two. A fear is a situation that causes you to feel anxious and uncomfortable, but does NOT STOP YOU from experiencing that situation. On the other hand, a phobia causes you to AVOID a situation at any and all cost.

For example, Sharon W. has a fear of elevators. Her heart beats fast and her palms sweat as she enters elevators and while she’s in elevators. Once she steps out of an elevator, her heart beat quickly returns to normal and her sweaty palms dry off. Despite these symptoms of anxiety, Sharon CAN use an elevator even though they produce an anxiety (fear) reaction.

On the other hand, Carl K. is NOT able to get into elevators. He avoids them even if it means walking up 10 flights of stairs. In fact, just THINKING about getting into an elevator causes Carl’s heart to pound and palms to sweat. Carl has a phobia because he AVOIDS elevators at any and all costs.

So, as you can see, a fear causes some level of anxiety, while a phobia causes total avoidance.

Having a fear or phobia won’t kill you. However, they can take away from the quality of your life if the fear or phobia intrudes often enough and causes you limitations. Only you can determine if your fear or phobia is intrusive enough to do something about it. What’s important to know is that whether you have a fear or a phobia, both can be minimized and even totally conquered. It’s just a matter of finding the right approach for you. The Neuro Immersion Method is one avenue to consider if you want to overcome a fear or phobia.

To learn more about fears, phobias and anxiety, please visit the Fear, Phobia Anxiety Blog.

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Larry Huyler October 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I have a phobia about people conducting polls about phobias. I also have a phobia about answering my doorbell as I don't want to become another statistic as a home invasion robbery. What a minute. Is that a phobia or paranoia or survival tactic?
paul bastante October 07, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Actually, from reading the blog, it would appear that because you go ahead and open the door anyway, even though you are having anxiety about opening the door Technically, and from what I can gleen from the article, you would not have a "Phobia", you would actually have a "Fear". I hope that helps!
Larry Huyler October 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Paul, unless someone calls ahead of time to say they're coming, I don't answer the doo period. Because of the times, and area I live in, I don't want to become another home invasion robbery statistic. Years ago I gave up celebrating Halloween just for that very fact. Think about it. On any other night during the year would you open your front door to someone you don't know or expect in a mask? So why would a nogoodnik stop just for Halloween?
paul bastante October 07, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I understand what you are saying. You should contact Dr. Ron, the writer of this article, From what I can see, he could probably help you in some way. Good luck to you!

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