Phobias Short Classification

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Every person in the world is born with two fears, loud noises and falling. The rest of our fears are learned throughout one’s life. We all have fears; spiders, the dark or even bridges. When those fears become debilitating, haunting and unbearable; that’s when they become phobias. A phobia is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations. Phobias are a common form of anxiety disorders. Anyone can suffer from a phobia; they can derive from childhood tragedy and many other situations. Psychologists and psychiatrists usually put phobias into three categories. The three classes are: social phobia, specific phobia, and agoraphobia. Social phobias involve a fear of other people or social situations. It can be associated with social anxiety disorder. It can basically be rooted to a fear of being embarrassed in front of one’s peers. To narrow it down to one specific tick would turn the broad social phobia into a specific social phobia. An example of this is a petrifying fear of speaking in public, or glossophobia. A specific social phobia is related to, but not the same as the specific phobia. This is what most people think of when they hear the word “phobia.” Specific phobias are not the same as specific social phobias because specific phobia deals with a wide assortment of fears from the dark to a fear of clowns. All of the words with a suffix followed by “phobia” or “phobic.” A specific phobia is the fear of a specific object or situation, such as getting on a plane to fly or of spiders. Many people have these fears, but when it is a phobia, people do whatever it takes to avoid and prevent having to deal with that which petrifies them. Then, there is agoraphobia, this is the fear of leaving home or a familiar “safe” area. This can derive from a fear of germs, open spaces and or one of the many social phobias. These are the type of people who wouldn’t leave home if their life or...