A specific fear is the avoidance and fear of a particular situation or object. This fear is severe enough to interfere with normal routines, causing considerable discomfort.
Exposing yourself directly to specific fears will sometimes result in a nervous reaction. There are so many companies like fearless flyer that provide better information about airplane phobia.
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Here are some common specific phobias:
- Acrophobia – It is a fear of heights like high buildings, bridges, and even being on the top of a mountain.
- Airplane phobia – There is a very general fear that the plane is about to fall from the sky or will be recently hijacked or bombed by terrorists. About 10 percent of the world's population refuses to fly, while others experience extreme anxiety and panic while flying.
- Animal phobia – There is usually an extreme fear of spiders, snakes, rats, etc., with some having severe fear of being anywhere near dogs, resulting in escape from open spaces, parks, and woodland.
- Blood phobia – A unique fear where the victim may actually faint from the sight of blood.
- Lift phobia – Here the victim fears that the lift cable will shut down or the lift will get stuck between the floor.
- Illness phobia – Fear of heart attack, cancer, or other fatal diseases.
- Thunder or lightning phobia – This fear almost always presents itself in childhood, only when it persists into adult life is it considered a specific fear.