Nobody is immune from fear. In fact, being afraid is what’s kept us alive as a species. If our ancestors didn’t run and hide from tornadoes, avalanches, or snarling beasts with razor-sharp teeth, we wouldn’t be here today. That said, sometimes our self-preservation instinct is so powerful that a specific situation or thing that isn’t particularly life-threatening might trigger a disproportionate fight-or-flight response. When we feel compelled to avoid something at all costs despite reassurance that it poses no danger, that’s when fear becomes a phobia. It’s perfectly normal to be startled by a spider in your bedroom, for example. But someone with arachnophobia will react to that spider-in-residence as if it were a threat to their entire existence. Ever hear the story of the man who set his whole house on fire because he was trying to blowtorch some spiders? That’s an extreme example, but it perfectly illustrates how phobias differ from rational fears. Wondering if you have a phobia of your own? You're about to find out what it is!
Don’t let her focus on food-related quizzes fool you, Peg is a pro in many arenas. Even though she spends most of her free time whipping up delicious cookies and concocting new recipes for easy but impressive gluten-free cakes, Peg’s brain holds a vast collection of knowledge about everything from baby animals to what you need to know to graduate from different school grades. While she’s the first to admit everything she reads doesn’t necessarily stick in her head, Peg keeps her mind fresh by reading the Financial Post and Globe and Mail on the regular, and coming up with fantastic ideas for new quizzes. She’s a secret fan of gossip, too, so watch out for her intense celeb topics!
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