How Scared Are You: Can You Define These Phobias?

Peg, Heywise Staff
By Peg, Heywise Staff
Fears. Everyone's got them. Some of us suffer from common fears such as heights, spiders, clowns, or other creepy things. Other people's fears are, well, a little more random. Fear of fish. Fear of water. Fear of people. Yes, people.

There are an awful lot of fears out there. You may love horror and think of yourself as an expert on knowing what people are afraid of, but ask yourself, how much about fear do you really know?

Let's find out.

Did you know?

What's the origin of the word phobia?

The word "phobia" refers to an irrational fear of something, whether it be an overwrought dread or anxiety about something real or completely imaginary. That's why you usually see "phobia" as a suffix — a word or certain letters slapped onto another word to change the meaning. The word phobia actually comes from the Greek word "Phobos," which means fear, panic, or terror of something.

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