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Phobia What is phobia Phobia is described as an extreme irrational fear of a specific object or situation It is also classified as a type of anxiety disorder since anxiety is the chief symptom experienced by the sufferer Phobias are thought to be learned emotional responses It is generally held that phobias occur when fear produced by an original threatening situation that is transferred to other similar situations with the original fear often repressed or forgotten An excessive unreasoning fear of water for example may be based on a forgotten childhood experience of almost drowning The person accordingly tries to avoid that situation in the future a response that while reducing anxiety in the short term reinforces the persons association of the situation with the onset of anxiety In todays society everyone suffers from some type of phobia They would fall into one of three categories Agoraphobia Social phobia or specific phobia The first category Agoraphobia the person suffers from irrational anxiety about being in places from which might be difficult or embarrassing How many times have you been in a situation that made you feel uncomfortable or that you really did not want to even go because you felt under the weather This shows that you might have this type of phobia Social phobia is an irrational anxiety elicited by exposure to certain types of social or performance situations also leading to avoidance behavior Many people in the world today suffer from this phobia Public speaking is the leading fear in todays society People will go to the high extremes to get out of a speech or an event where they are the center of attention How many times have you been nervous about giving a speech in front of your class The last category is specific phobia This phobia is a persistent and irrational fear in the presence of some specific stimulus which commonly elicits avoidance of that stimulus ie withdrawal This
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