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Definition Of A Phobia

Written By: admin - Jan• 19•12

Effective Diversity Management Within The Multicultural Workplace - Managing Immigrants And Refugees If your company hires a large number of immigrants, refugees, or alternative foreign staff, you have most likely tried providing them with English as a Second Language (ESL) training. Or perhaps you have provided coaching in Spanish or intercultural communication to your managers. Unfortunately, you have probably discovered that the coaching, despite its high price, had limited impact and resulted in negligible, if any, improvement in your workplace. That is because these "obvious" coaching solutions - language and culture training - didn't address the actual, underlying problems of your workplace. They were solely "band aid" solutions - fast, ineffective fixes to advanced problems.

So as to develop effective management methods for your multicultural workplace, you want to begin with two important steps:

Step 1
First, identify your specific workplace issues, going beyond the obvious and simplistic "They don't speak English." As an example, establish the particular issues that result from the actual fact that the workforce does not speak English. Maybe your customers are complaining and you would like to stop their complaints. Or maybe co-workers are complaining and teamwork is suffering. Maybe managers are unable to communicate their directions effectively, so production is suffering or, worse, you're experiencing high management turnover. Although not speaking the same language is definitely part of the matter in all of those situations, it's never the entire problem. So as to dig down and discover the root issues of your multicultural workplace, you may would like to conduct a radical downside definition, the next step in the process.

Step 2
In order to develop an intensive and accurate downside definition, you may would like to research a wide range of workplace dynamics which underlie your workplace issues (language dynamics, culture dynamics, personal dynamics, job dynamics, organizational dynamics). These dynamics develop in unique ways that in each workplace based on how the organizational culture intertwines with the languages and cultures of its individual employees. Often this intertwining results in the emergence of a complete new culture for the entire organization, which is idiosyncratic and depends on many factors, like kind of business the organization is involved in; workforce demographics; client base; sort, frequency and period of employee/customer interactions; employee job duties and responsibilities; and organizational policies and procedures, to name just a few. As a result of these factors return together and function in several ways that in several organizations, there's no "one size fits all" resolution for the multicultural workplace. That is why good problem definition is vital to formulating effective, targeted strategies for improving multicultural workplace dynamics.

Thus stop throwing your company's money away on ineffective or only marginally effective coaching solutions, and instead invest 1st in some good problem definition that will result in focused, effective and targeted solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What Is The Definition Of Commitment Phobia?
    I wanna know if I have commitment phobia, but I need a definition. Please help. /:
    Ive tried Google but I can only find "how to cure commitment phobia ". And I mean Relationship commitment... :p

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the same situation. The main question is, how do you feel when you are in a relationship? Does it scare you?

      The definition of commitment phobia is the avoidance of long term partnership or marriage.
      Commitment phoebes have a fear of making the wrong decision. They see their decision as permanent, opening the possibility of being caged or trapped forever with no means of escape.

  2. QUESTION:
    I'm doing a speech on phobia's and not sure what to include in it ! Please help ?
    Okay I am doing a grade eight speech on phobia's and I am not sure what to include in my speech, I already have a bit of info ( how phobia's start, the definition of phobia, where the word came from and funny examples, for instance " Hippopotmonotosesquipedaliaphobia is the phobia for people who are scared of long words (sorry that spelling isn't right) any other ideas ?

    • ANSWER:
      Use the common ones: agoraphobia, acrophobia, and claustrophobia.

      A fear of open spaces, heights, and enclosed spaces is common to some degree in most people, so your listeners will probably listen more closely to what you're saying, as they'll understand the feelings you're describing.

      Few of us have a fear of long words, but many of us have a fear of public speaking.

      Like giving a speech.

      Best of luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    what's the scientific definition of my phobia of taking care of cancer / AIDS patients etc?
    when we get an admit and they look too emaciated i get dizzy, and have the butterflys in my stomach shoot straight up to my brain and almost make me pass out ... the same has happened with really bad HEP-C patients, Anorexic patients, etc etc

    .. kinda like when some people pass out at the sight of blood i suspect ... but blood does not really bother me too much

    • ANSWER:
      Your reaction is not exactly a phobia or you'd go through great pains to avoid the situation, it would interfere with your daily life, and you'd probably have quit your job. If you truly believe you have a phobia then you should see your doctor and work on getting treated- people with phobias usually respond well to treatment.
      There is such thing as AIDS phobia, and the definition is such: AIDS PHOBIA; A state of intense anxiety, crystalized around an obsessional idea of suffering from AIDS, which is precipitated by an actual sexually transmitted disease or an illicit sexual contact and which may lead to a gradual deterioration of the personality. However, as you're not afraid that you personally have AIDS, this likely does not apply.
      It sounds like you're more afraid of the emaciation then you are of the diseases themselves, as this applies to AIDS, cancer, and other conditions.
      Here are a few specific phobias:
      Apotemnophobia- Fear of persons with amputations
      Asthenophobia- Fear of fainting or weakness
      Cancerophobia or Carcinophobia- Fear of cancer.
      Dysmorphophobia- Fear of deformity
      Ergasiophobia- 1) Fear of work or functioning. 2) Surgeon's fear of operating.
      Gerontophobia- Fear of old people or of growing old.
      Leprophobia or Lepraphobia- Fear of leprosy
      Luiphobia- Fear of lues, syphillis.
      Meningitophobia- Fear of brain disease.
      Misophobia or Mysophobia- Fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs.
      Monopathophobia- Fear of definite disease
      Panthophobia- Fear of suffering and disease.
      Tapinophobia- Fear of being contagious.
      Tomophobia- Fear of surgical operations.
      I of course can't target your problem without you going through medical testing or providing more information.
      Again, if you truly believe you have a bona fide 'Phobia' then you should seek professional help.

  4. QUESTION:
    Any tips for dealing with a seat belt phobia?
    I have a real fear of driving while wearing a seat belt. I'm talking about having a full-blown panic attack at times when I wear one. (Yes, I realize this is irrational, but that's part of the definition of a phobia.) I'm well aware of the laws requiring seat belt usage, and have in fact been stopped twice for not obeying them. And the only reason I'm seeking help is because further offences will seriously affect my car insurance.

    I will say that I was involved in a car accident several years ago, in which I was thrown from the car. It was one of those rare instances where NOT wearing my seat belt saved my life; the car landed on its roof which was smashed down such that any person remaining in the car would have been smashed as well. Ever since then, I have had a real problem with wearing my belt. I've tried to rationalize with myself, and convince myself that it's safe and something I just need to do. But no luck.

    Suggestions? Serious answers only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need cognitive therapy to deal with this. I understand phobias. To start, you need to get comfortable just sitting in the car with the seat belt on. Then start slowly by going down the block and back until you can go further without having a panic attack. I highly suggest therapy to help you with this. Your body is reacting to the threatening situation even though you are trying to rationalize it in your mind. You'll probably need medication to start, it will help a great deal.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my phobia?
    It fits the definition of phobia, I guess. I have to be tucked in at all angles when I sleep. I call it my "cocoon" when i'm joking around with my best friend but, it really bothers me. Ever since I was little I remember being afraid something was going to grab me (no not the monsters under the bed). I can't sleep with the blankets not tucked under me. It's so frustrating and when I don't do it I feel venerable, and can't sleep. Can anyone tell me how to fix this? I'm going to college next year and i'm probably going to be staying in a dorm. That would be embarrassing to have to be in my "cocoon" with my roommate there to witness it. I'm also always worried that someone is going to break into my house and kill me. I know i'm being paranoid but i have had this fear since I was little too and I don't know how to break it. I'm so tired of being crippled by my fears. I was wondering if anyone could help me. My parents tell me that i'm being ridiculous and tell me that I need to stop. I try but I can't find a way to; help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Miss Cocoon,

      It's ok that you have this phobia. I mean it could be worse, this is not that bad trust me. Being tucked in makes you feel safe. It's your security blanket. If you need to sleep that way then you need to sleep that way. Who says you can't? On the other hand if you truely want to stop, try hypnosis. That can help. You can also try grasping something when you sleep, like a long body pillow on each side of you, and untuck the covers. Holding on to something could really help to start releasing your fears. I had a similar fear as a kid. When you lay in bed at night try untucking your blankets and tuck them only under your feet at the end of the bed, leaving the sides untucked. Try thse for now, and take baby steps. Try a night light near your bed, perhaps that can help. Good Luck, and if you can't get past it, then I don't really see anything wrong with your cocoon.

      Ciao and have fun in college, and be safe! Don't worry so much about how you sleep as long as you sleep. It's better then no sleep right?

  6. QUESTION:
    According to our new definitions of phobia....?
    is an aracnophobic person someone who hates spiders but deep down really is one and doesn't want to admit it?? Or someone who really thinks that spiders are morally depraved?

    C'mon people, use the words the right way. A phobia is a fear. Christians who follow the Bible and say that homosexuality is a sin, are not "phobics" - they just have a different belief than some other people. Let's try using the English language properly please.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree to an extent, however many Christians (not all) are in fact HOMOPHOBIC.

      A phobia is an IRRATIONAL fear of something.

      Christians who promulgate legislation or silly arguments as to how homosexuality harms society, or causes them to pay more taxes, etc are in fact IRRATIONAL FEARS of a natural HARMLESS phenomenon.

      A Christian who says "I find homosexuality to be immoral/ against the design of God, etc" is not homophobic. A Christian who FEARS having a gay child so sends such to a psychotherapist in order to be "cured" is homophobic.

      A Christian who trys to have a gay neighbor evicted purely by virtue of their IRRATIONAL FEAR of having a gay neighbor, is in fact homophobic.

      It's a very fine line, nonetheless many (if not most) Christians in America cross it.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone else getting sick of people arguing about being called homophobic?
    I don't care what the dictionary definition of Phobia is, Phobia is an intense fear or hate of something. Someone who dislikes spiders, hates spiders. Someone who dislikes Snakes, Hates snakes. Someone who dislikes gay people, Hates gay people. It's the simple...
    Jesus Loves Atheists too: Coming for someone who uses a crutch as of religion, your argument is already bias. Which means, it is worth nothing.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I am sick of it. If they don't like being called a homophobe, than don't be one. People don't choose their sexual orientation, but people do choose to be homophobic. If they are straight, than why are they so afraid of someone of the same sex hitting on them? All they would need to do is say that they aren't gay and then drop it. I'm a lesbian, but I don't sit around worrying about a guy hitting on me. I would just simply tell him that I like women and then I'd drop it.

  8. QUESTION:
    This is to that idiot who just pulled his question?
    How do you justify being homophobic? Do you even feel the need to justify it? The definition of phobia is actually fear. If you're afraid, or even if you're just plain disgusted, then my advice would be to crawl back into your cocoon. As it is, you seem to have an unhealthy curiosity about this subject. Could your homophobia be, shall I say, internalised?

    • ANSWER:
      i looked at her/his other quetions and the person asks why they are such a loser. so that basically asnwers your question right there. i was angry with them for being so obnoxiously hateful, but now i feel sorry for her. how sad a person she must be.

  9. QUESTION:
    Witty definition for 'Homophobia'?
    I'm doing a physical health assignment for school on Homophobia. Does anyone have a funny definition of this phobia that's quite witty and could make someone laugh???

    Thankyou soo much. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    • ANSWER:
      I love TheLoneBear's answer! If you don't want an answer as, er, 'colorful' as that though, I've a few:

      ~ The fear of a loving relationship between two people, neither of whom you know the first thing about yet you still judge.

      ~ The fear of no longer being ignorant towards love and nature.

      ~ The blame put on same sex couples by someone who is unable to find anyone who will sleep with them.

      ~ The fear of two meats and four veg.

      You get my drift.

      Good luck,
      Simon (:

  10. QUESTION:
    how can i make this longer ?
    how can i make this longer ::

    Phobias – Specific Phobias

    I. What is a phobia ?
    A. Definition of phobia
    B. Types of phobias
    1.Agoraphobia – fear of situations that can not be escaped
    2.Social phobia – anxiety disorders and social situations
    3.Specific Phobia – fear of an object, animal, or situation
    II. Acrophobia – fear of heights
    III. Causes
    A.Cause is unknown
    B.Some believe that specific phobias are genetic.
    IV. Symptoms
    A. Emotional
    1. Feeling of extreme fear
    2. Nervousness
    B. Physical – affects daily life and activities
    1. Sweaty Palms
    2. Light headed
    3. Fast heartbeat
    4. Physically avoiding situations
    V. Treatment
    A. Medication
    B. Therapy – being slowly introduced to the phobia over time

    thank you !

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Is social phobia a real disease?
    I've known people who's social anxiety is so extreme they can't even function, let alone be "social and productive"- the definition of social phobia

    Of course, there those who would dismiss social phobia as a product of psychobabble or Big Pharma's grand conspiracy to undermine "personal responsibility"

    I would generally classify such people in the same category as those of you who believe the world was created in 6 days :)

    I know that many critics of modern psychiatry pride yourselves in being "cynically skeptical"...I'd say a better description of you is "morbidly naive" :)

    PS- I can't say I've ever worked in the mental health industry. I've worked in IT and the culinary arts, but never in medicine.

    PSS- For those of you "skeptics" who HAVE worked in mental health; I still say you're naive :)

    • ANSWER:
      Social Phobia is real; however it is a disorder not a disease.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is "Islamophobia" fact, or fiction?
    I keep on hearing all these moslem agitators throwing around accusations of "islamophobia".

    I question whether or not such a thing exists, or even if it were possible to be "islamophobic".

    By definition a phobia is an irrational fear of something.

    Events of the past score of years show us that in many instances we have a right to fear certain aspects of islam. Especially those of us in Western, civilised countries.

    It cannot be "phobic" to fear something we should be afraid of?

    If you are swimming in the ocean in a pool of sharks, would it be phobic to be afraid of them?

    No, it would only be common sense.

    Opinions? Comments?
    To the apologists and justificationists who have answered, I'm sorry but the actions of many moslems have made each and every one of them suspicious and potential terrorists.

    We will have to assume the worst and let each and every single one of them prove they are NOT terrorists.

    Perhaps if the so called moderate moslems would stand up and protest the actions taken in their name things wouldn't be so bad, but their continued silence can only be taken as tacit approval of the horror commited in their name, in the name of their god, by their co-religionists.

    Fight Terror!
    Fight Islam!

    Never Submit!

    • ANSWER:
      It is the sensible thing to do.. But many liberals just want to throw all common sense out the window..

      P

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it Islamophobia when they REALLY are trying to kill you?
    Like "racial profiling", "islamophobia" is just a made up term to seek victim-hood status. By definition, a phobia is an irrational fear of something. Since 9/11, many moslems, from various countries and backgrounds have made it clear they want to hurt and destroy our way of life. Having a fear of them is clearly not irrational. So I ask, is it Islamophobia when they really are trying to kill you.
    ______________

    Magpie,
    I don't recall Italy blowing up any of our buildings in the last decade, or hijacking any of our planes, or bombing our Embassies abroad, or blowing up commuter trains in Spain, or Underground Stations in the UK, or Hotels in Mumbai. If they have, please let me know so I can educate myself on their treachery. I don't see how I could have missed such reports.

    You don't think when the IRA were bombing public places in London, years back, that all Irishmen weren't suspect? Grow up.
    __________________

    Badmofo,
    I agree that not all moslems are out to get us. There are the so called, supposed, "good moslems". But until such time as we can easily determine which are the good moslems, and which are the murdeous treacherous moslems, I'm afraid all must be considered a suspect class.

    Keeping with the IRA theme, remember when the New IRA killed those coppers? Within days thousands of Irish marched through the streets, both protestant and catholic alike, carrying placards and signs which read "Not in My Name!".

    I don't remember seeing any similar demonstrations with thousands of moslems (in Western nations) taking to the streets protesting the acts of terror which are being committed in their name, in the name of their god, by their co-religionsists.

    Such acts, or lack of them, must lead a rational person that their continued silence in the face of such continued acts can only be taken to be tacit approval for such acts.

    Until they take the the streets to protest

    • ANSWER:
      It's realism.
      Rational fear,as you say,is a form of self preservation.
      But,for the majority white English population,it is illegal to express that feeling in any way but grovelling acceptance of the murdering bastards in our midst.
      We must not speak out,or fight back,,that is obviously " fascism "

  14. QUESTION:
    I need a definition of a combination of fears. Is it a phobia?
    I need to know if there is a phobia for a combination of fear of ridicule, unapproval, failure and fear of being in a bad situation.

    • ANSWER:
      Anxiety.

      Anxiety is an unpleasant, emotional state that involves a complex combination of emotions that include fear, apprehension, and worry. It is often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, or tension headache - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anxiety

      I wish I had a magic solution, but it helps to remember yesterday is over and doesnt mean !"$# because tomorrow is the day you have to face.

  15. QUESTION:
    I'm doing a speech on Phobias; what they are, causes, etc. but i need help!?
    Okay, so i've given the definition of a phobia so far and it has to be 3 minutes. After i've given the definition what should i do after that? I want to do well on this and it's due pretty soon so could someone help? Got any ideas? thankyou. x

    • ANSWER:
      You can talk about how some phobias come from past experience and some don't seem to have a cause. You can also talk about how they can effect many aspects of someone's life. For example, someone with fear of germs may not leave the house or may also have another illness like OCD. You could talk about how someone with agoraphobia, which goes beyond the definition of public places, can make someone become isolated because they don't meet other people.

  16. QUESTION:
    What kind of phobias do you have?
    What kind of phobias do you have?
    I mean, unrelenting fears. Things that you are ABSOLUTELY terrified of. List the phobia, then the definition, list as many as you have. All you have to do is google your fear, there is probably a phobia for it.
    Here are mine

    Microphobia- Fear of anything microscopic

    Aviatophobia- Fear of flying

    Sursumdeorsumphobia - Fear of going up and down
    Dinophobia - Fear of dizziness

    • ANSWER:
      Gephyrophobia - The fear of crossing bridges. For me it's mostly bridges that go over water.

      Demophobia - Fear of crowds. Mostly it's only when there's a lot of people in MY house, like for parties and such.

      Acridophobia - The fear of grasshoppers. I f*cking hate them! Especially big ones. They're so ugly and every time I see one I freeze up and start crying. I feel like it's going to pounce on me. *shiver*

      Ichthyophobia- Technically means the fear of fish, but I'm more afraid of swimming in fish-inhabited waters. I will not swim in water with fish in it. If I see a fish in the water I'm swimming in, I'll FREAK OUT and start screaming and kicking my legs like crazy.

      I also have this irrational fear of praying mantises. They scare the hell out of me with their huge eyes and weird movements. As of now there's no word for the specific fear of Praying Mantises, but it would probably be defined as Mantodeaphobia.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why are people being labeled Homophobes?
    Why is it that people are labeled homophobic if they don't think what gays do is right, natural, or just don't like gay people.
    The general definition of a phobia is an irrational fear.
    Is it really hard for people to believe that you might not think what they are doing is right.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=NX&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=define%3Ahomophobes&btnG=Search

    • ANSWER:
      Yes but "homophobes" also has a Definition.

      This is from YOUR link.

      Homophobia is a term for a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and irrational fear. ...
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobes

  18. QUESTION:
    this misnomer really bugs me... and usually i dont care about things like this, but this one takes the cake lo?
    definition of 'homo' - 'same', 'similar'

    definition of 'phobia' - 'irrational fear of something'

    'homophobic' = 'irrational fear of things that are similar'

    that would mean you wouldnt want to buy a pack of gum because all the sticks of gum look the same... or you wouldnt want to look inside a bag of popcorn because all the corn looks similar...

    do people just say 'homophobic' because its easier than saying 'homosexualphobia?'

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  19. QUESTION:
    Is islamophobia a fiction?
    I mean, the definition of a phobia is an irrational fear of something. Due to the antics commited these past decades, how can a fear of something so concrete, so possible, so COMMON be irrational. It is not irrational to fear crimes of islamic aggression, therefore "islamophobia" cannot exist.

    • ANSWER:
      You are right, it is not irrational to fear what is happening so it can't be a phobia.
      P

  20. QUESTION:
    Horror films, phobias, and flooding?
    A few questions, hope someone can shed light on this.

    1. Would irrational fear of a horror film be considered a phobia (based on the definition that a phobia is an unreasonable fear)?

    2. Do you believe that it is possible to have an irrational fear of horror films, or would even excessive fear be considered ok in this instance?

    3. If fear of a horror film (lets call it atrocitaphobia) is a phobia, would the treatment of flooding be reasonable, or would it more likely scar the patient (based on the fact that, as horror films are reasonably frightful to begin with, excessive amounts of this element may be harmful).

    For those who don't know, flooding refers to the treatment in which a patient is presented with their respectful adversive stimuli (in this instance horror scenes, in arachnophobia it would be spiders) in large quantities.

    Please note: no, this is not homework or an assignment (although wouldn't it be an awesome one?). The reason I ask these questions is because I'm a third year psychology student and I have an interest in behaviours in animals (of which humans are).

    Many thanks for all answers.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Yes, so long as it was adequately irrational, i.e. strong observable physiological responses.
      2. A phobia of virtually anything is possible, but strong observable physiological responses would be necessary in order to identify it as a phobia.
      3. Flooding would be a potential treatment, but there are a lot of preferable alternatives.

  21. QUESTION:
    I'm afraid of pinworm, help?
    A few months ago, I saw the episode of Oprah that featured Dr. Oz, and the subject was human infestation, things like pin worm.
    Well, I'm sixteen...i live in a spotlessly clean home...but for some reason that show freaked me out so bad, i can't make the thought that I have pin worm go away. I feel ridiculous, because I know I don't have it...but for some reason I feel as if I do at the same time. My mom told me that that is the definition of a phobia... has anyone else seen that episode and know what I'm talking about? I even made my mom go out and get the stupid medicine because I was so freaked out, and I didn't even know if I had it!
    What do I do? I hate this its stupid and it's freaking me out. I just wish I hadn't seen the stupid show..

    • ANSWER:
      Unless your butthole is itching your fine. Get a job, volunteer, teach children how to read.. get this crap off your mind because your just have way to much time on your hands. I mean really, what did you do before you saw a tv show? Your fixated because youre bored.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it Islamophobia when they REALLY ARE trying to kill you?
    I am getting sick of all this talk of Islamophobia. Islamophobia does not exist. It is a made up condition to justify their actions.

    The definition of "phobia" is an irrational fear of something. There is nothing irrational about fearing, and being cautious, of Islam in this present political climate.

    So, therefore, since we have a legitimate cause to fear Islam, "islamophobia" does not exist.
    Rightly Guided

    There IS not such thing as an innocent moslem. Each and every one of you carry a blood libel which will follow your race through the centuries, for the atrocious Crimes Against Humanity committed by your people.

    As now, in a millennia if your accursed race still survives, the first thing one will think of when hearing "moslem" or "islam" will be that of destruction, death, chaos and terror. That is the legacy you've left your children.

    • ANSWER:
      Islamophobia is just a term invented by extremist Islamists to stop people criticizing their disgusting religion.

  23. QUESTION:
    I Must Not Fear..which one is real?
    A phobia is an irrational fear or hatred of a specific thing or situation which compels one to avoid it despite awareness and reassurance that the object or situation is not dangerous. Listed below are the names and definitions of six phobias. Five are real phobias documented in psychology journals, while one is an imposter. Can you determine which one from the list below is not a real phobia?

    Trichopathophobia - Fear of hair
    Pentheraphobia - Fear of mother-in-law
    Aibohphobia - Fear of Palindromes
    Doraphobia - Fear of fur or skins of animals
    Logizomechanophobia - Fear of computers.
    Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of certain names.

    • ANSWER:
      Airbohphobia because that would be outrageouse to be scared of certain words.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can u solve this riddle?(easy or hard)?
    A phobia is an irrational fear or hatred of a specific thing or situation which compels one to avoid it despite awareness and reassurance that the object or situation is not dangerous. Listed below are the names and definitions of six phobias. Five are real phobias documented in psychology journals, while one is an imposter. Can you determine which one from the list below is not a real phobia?

    Trichopathophobia - Fear of hair
    Pentheraphobia - Fear of mother-in-law
    Aibohphobia - Fear of Palindromes
    Doraphobia - Fear of fur or skins of animals
    Logizomechanophobia - Fear of computers.
    Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of certain names.

    • ANSWER:
      Aibohphobia is not recognized by psychiatrists, and started as a joke. How could the doctor tell some one they have this disease? Aibohphobia is a palindrome. What's even funnier is that all that searching about it will lead you to several POPULAR and INFORMATIVE websites that actually list it... those idiots. Makes you wonder if we should believe anything we read, muchless everything. What if you had a fear of phobias? Would it be called Phobiaphobia?

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you fall out of love?
    Soon I'll be leaving my girlfriend - whom I love - and won't be back for 18 months. We can still easily call each other and talk to each other on webcam, and occasionally fly out and see each other.

    The thing is, as time draws closer to the time I leave, I feel myself drifting farther from her when all she wants to do is be closer. Am I falling out of love with her?

    Side note: By definition, I have a phobia of commitment.

    • ANSWER:
      no it's not that i think you are mentally preparing yourself so when that time comes to leave. i think you still will love her you probably want to just distant yourself for a little bit so when you do leave it wouldn't hurt that much

  26. QUESTION:
    Who has a phobia and what is it?
    You know what phobias are right, well I don't know the exact definition I just know it's something your really scared of and crap like that well my phobia is fish, don't ask why Im just afraid of them things. Do you have one?

    • ANSWER:
      yes; mine is to be buried alive

  27. QUESTION:
    Culturally Speaking: What is your definition of homophobic?
    Nowadays if someone says the slightest thing negative about gays, they're labeled a homophobe. Let's break down the term homophobic. Homo = the same in this case same sex relationships, couples, etc. Phobic or Phobia = an extreme fear of something. In this case homosexuals.
    So does it make sense to call someone who has a negative opinion of homosexuality homophobic? No. What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      i agree, i was actually gonna say that. a homophobic should be someone who is scared of homosexuals, much like the way i'm scared of spiders. saying you don't agree with people being gay is just an opinion.

  28. QUESTION:
    By not printing cartoons depicting Muhammad, aren't liberal newspapers proving that they're scared of Muslims?
    Isn't that the definition of "Islamophobia"?

    Phobia - a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.
    —Synonyms - aversion, hatred.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/08/AR2010100804947.html

    • ANSWER:
      newspapers...

      I remember those...

      ANSWER: liberals are afraid of a LOT more than some Muzzy static...

  29. QUESTION:
    my wife suffers from Agoraphobia. would an agoraphobic claustrophobic sufferer be the definition of terror?
    Agroraphobia is a very dibilitating phobia, it stopy you from interacting with the outside world, and in extreme cases like my wifes it even makes her too scared to answer the phone, even to friends. She can not talk to people or answer the door to family, and even seeing someone walk down the road makes her panic.

    So can you imagine being claustrophobic as well, you would be terified of going out and terified of stopping in. this must be the definition of HELL.

    What would you rdefinition be?????
    she has seen a councillor who helped a bit but then left, she was refered to another councillor who said she cant have agrophobia or she couldnt have got to counciling. She didnt see the state she was in just working up the courage to walk out of the door and into the car. The councillors dont make house calls in our area.

    • ANSWER:
      if she has the courage to try again after these hits and setbacks she might try specifically a Person-Centred counsellor, ie one who will try to understand her from her own way of thinking and not from these labels that psychologists have made up that try to put people in categories.

  30. QUESTION:
    How well do you know "Phobias?"?
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 8 percent of US adults suffer from some type of phobia, which translates into about 11 ½ million people. Common phobias include agoraphobia (fear of open spaces or crowded places), claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) or fear of heights (altophobia). Test your knowledge of some less common phobias by matching the following phobias to their proper definitions.

    1.Anthrophobia
    2 .Androphobia
    3.Atychiphobia
    4. Gamophobia
    5.Ergophobia
    6.Melanophobia
    7.Pediophobia
    8.Thalassophobia
    9.Xanthophobia
    10.Xenophobia

    A. Fear of things that are black
    B. Fear of marriage
    C. Fear of failure
    D. Fear of strangers or foreigners
    E. Fear of work
    F. Fear of men
    G. Fear of things that are yellow
    H. Fear of dolls
    I. Fear of flowers
    J. Fear of the sea

    Full points to frist person with all answers correct!

    • ANSWER:
      1. [ F ]
      2. [ D ]
      3. [ C ]
      4. [ J ]
      5. [ E ]
      6. [ B ]
      7. [ I ]
      8. [ G ]
      9. [ A ]
      10. [ H ]

  31. QUESTION:
    My phobias will kill me if the incomplete abortion doesn't. How do I overcome such incredible fears NOW?
    I sat outside the E.R. (in the parking lot and in my R.V.) with only my boyfriend by my side. I was hemorrhaging, in pain, and getting weaker by the minute. I didn't know why I was hemorrhaging, but knew that I needed help. Bad. I needed someone to help me find the strength to face my fears. Fears of hospitals, needles, IVs, dr's, nurses, lab coats, examinations, and more. My family was so worried that they seemed to forget I was is such fear. I saw the fear in them. They did not want me to die. Regardless of how much easier death is for me to accept, I felt a responsibility to try and face what I feared in hopes to ease the minds of my loved ones.

    I called the nurse in the E.R., told her why I was in need of medical attention, and asked her what to do about my phobias. I was creeped out by the 3 deep breaths I heard come out her mouth as she tried to get me to come in, to tell her where I was at, or even in her attempt to follow the law by answering each and every question we both knew I would only suffer from hearing the answer to. 2 Xanax (given to me on the way to the hospital by a close friend) were of little help as well. I was scared, my family kept calling, and I was still losing blood.

    I used my cell phone to Google my *** into reality and found myself useful. I diagnosed myself. I was hemorrhaging as a result of an incomplete abortion. I sublingually administered 1000mg of Cyrux (Misoprostol/Cytotec) to myself and waited there in the hospital parking lot. Cyrux would help close the blood vessels even if nothing else came out of me. But approx. 2 hrs later-the placenta and umbilical cord confirmed my suspicion. And what should have been good news became worse as I realized what the expulsion of the placenta meant.

    The fetus was expelled SIX DAYS PRIOR to the placenta and umbilical cord. Not good. But at least I wasn't bleeding, right? So, needless to say: I lied to my family, told them I was under the care of a Dr. I trusted, and left the hospital parking lot at 5am with not a worry on my mind.

    My noon that same morning, I had woke up to change my sweat-soaked bedding 3 times. My temp was 97.0*F-97.3*F throughout the day. A disturbing odor filled my nose. Infection. S#!T! A friend gave me ERY-TAB's to help with the obvious uterine infection I now have. No more smell but there bright red blood. It was dark for a day and a half. Should it be going back and forth like that? I feel pain in my lower abdomen that is enough to scare me from wearing 90% of my underwear-not to mention ANYthing with a waistband.

    HELP! If it's even possible, with an idiot like myself!? I don't want to fail at trying to treat an infection that could obviously spread and go horribly wrong. I do not want to put my family through anymore of this unexcusable behavior. HOW do I find the courage in time to find the cure? Why can't anyone at the hospital ease my mind? Haven't they dealt with people just like me, plenty of times before? Just what CAN a Dr. do to me if I am under his care? ANYthing he wants? What if I resist an IV, a catheter, or even a D & C? Would they strap me down and do it anyway

    Please, I already know I need to go. Seriously, I feel like a retard. To the true definition, I look at my phobias as a retardation. I want to slap MYSELF upside the head. I'm looking for advice on dealing with phobias. I don't need to hear one more "Take a pill to calm you down.", either. Thank you.
    How embarrassing!? I posted this question under multiple categories and found little help. "Mental health", "psychology" and "pregnancy" got me nowhere. While browsing for a new category, I read the word "military" and figured it was worth a shot. These guys are put through all kinds of training designed to break you down and build you up. They have to put their country first (like I must put my family) and set aside their own needs. That's loyalty. They have to do whatever is asked of them-regardless of how much they might not want to. Still, I'm missing the part in between having a definate loyalty toward something and being able to overcome in order to fullfill it. Maybe it really comes down to how loyal I trully am? Maybe there is nothing scientific about it and it's just about finding myself? (sigh) I'm lost. Lost and embarrassed!

    • ANSWER:
      Get drunk and pass out. Works for me every time.

  32. QUESTION:
    My phobias will kill me if the incomplete abortion doesn't. How do I overcome such incredible fears...NOW?
    I sat outside the E.R. (in the parking lot and in my R.V.) with only my boyfriend by my side. I was hemorrhaging, in pain, and getting weaker by the minute. I didn't know why I was hemorrhaging, but knew that I needed help. Bad. I needed someone to help me find the strength to face my fears. Fears of hospitals, needles, IVs, dr's, nurses, lab coats, examinations, and more. My family was so worried that they seemed to forget I was is such fear. I saw the fear in them. They did not want me to die. Regardless of how much easier death is for me to accept, I felt a responsibility to try and face what I feared in hopes to ease the minds of my loved ones.

    I called the nurse in the E.R., told her why I was in need of medical attention, and asked her what to do about my phobias. I was creeped out by the 3 deep breaths I heard come out her mouth as she tried to get me to come in, to tell her where I was at, or even in her attempt to follow the law by answering each and every question we both knew I would only suffer from hearing the answer to. 2 Xanax (given to me on the way to the hospital by a close friend) were of little help as well. I was scared, my family kept calling, and I was still losing blood.

    I used my cell phone to Google my *** into reality and found myself useful. I diagnosed myself. I was hemorrhaging as a result of an incomplete abortion. I sublingually administered 1000mg of Cyrux (Misoprostol/Cytotec) to myself and waited there in the hospital parking lot. Cyrux would help close the blood vessels even if nothing else came out of me. But approx. 2 hrs later-the placenta and umbilical cord confirmed my suspicion. And what should have been good news became worse as I realized what the expulsion of the placenta meant.

    The fetus was expelled SIX DAYS PRIOR to the placenta and umbilical cord. Not good. But at least I wasn't bleeding, right? So, needless to say: I lied to my family, told them I was under the care of a Dr. I trusted, and left the hospital parking lot at 5am with not a worry on my mind.

    My noon that same morning, I had woke up to change my sweat-soaked bedding 3 times. My temp was 97.0*F-97.3*F throughout the day. A disturbing odor filled my nose. Infection. S#!T! A friend gave me ERY-TAB's to help with the obvious uterine infection I now have. No more smell but there bright red blood. It was dark for a day and a half. Should it be going back and forth like that? I feel pain in my lower abdomen that is enough to scare me from wearing 90% of my underwear-not to mention ANYthing with a waistband.

    HELP! If it's even possible, with an idiot like myself!? I don't want to fail at trying to treat an infection that could obviously spread and go horribly wrong. I do not want to put my family through anymore of this unexcusable behavior. HOW do I find the courage in time to find the cure? Why can't anyone at the hospital ease my mind? Haven't they dealt with people just like me, plenty of times before? Just what CAN a Dr. do to me if I am under his care? ANYthing he wants? What if I resist an IV, a catheter, or even a D & C? Would they strap me down and do it anyway

    Please, I already know I need to go. Seriously, I feel like a retard. To the true definition, I look at my phobias as a retardation. I want to slap MYSELF upside the head. I'm looking for advice on dealing with phobias. I don't need to hear one more "Take a pill to calm you down.", either. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what they can or will do to you in order to help you and to save your life, but I'm sure that it won't be as physically or emotionally torturous as what you've already put yourself through.
      Give yourself a break. What you've been doing isn't working. If you want to live, you must talk some sense into yourself. Admit that you need their expertise, and walk into that emergency room now, before your weakening body reaches the tipping point from which you may not come back. Good luck, and God bless you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is the fear of genuinely dangerous animals & things still called a phobia?
    A phobia is often defined as an irrational fear(although I prefer the term aesthetic or subjective-which doesn't facilitate any stigma) That being the official definition, why is the fear of bees, wasps, snakes, spiders, & flying still defined as phobias? Especially when the fear is based on a legitimate concern of a real threat of injury? I think I have some idea. I'm pretty sure phobias don't come out of a vacuum. Ornithophobia-the fear of birds-may seem completely irrational & unique to freaks. But all the death legends alone about birds indicates a perception about them that would make for a lot of not so unique freaks. Legends-true or not-reflect how things are perceived.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not a phobia to have a fear of fearful things , unless it is 'irrational'.

      Stop helping people kill themselves, it is against the law.

  34. QUESTION:
    Are some cases of homophobia rational?
    ho·mo·pho·bi·a   
    [hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh] Show IPA
    –noun
    unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.

    — n
    intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality

    [C20: from homo ( sexual ) + -phobia ]

    ho·mo·pho·bia definition
    Pronunciation: /ˌhō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə/
    Function: n
    : irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

    Okay so based on those definitions I can understand the hatred part,the discrimination part,the antipathy part. Alright fine but heres the thing I don't get the irrational fear part because lets say you are scared of your child growing up to be a homosexual. Um....like is that really a irrational fear? I say this because there is such a stigma attached to homosexuality,and then on top of it what if you want a lot of biological grand children? chances are that's not happening. Okay fine heres another hypothetical analogy let's say that a straight man was raped by a homosexual man as a child isn't it normal that he is now scared of gay people? Okay let's go with another one what if you are secretly in the closet? and you have a fear of homosexuals because you fear that they can end up sensing your homoness and out you! I'm just throwing things out you know.
    @!ALBERTxW Are you a gay guy? Because you are super dramatic relax. These were hypothetical situations I never said myself. Can you read? Not only that but I highly doubt that when parents imagine a life for their future offspring they start thinking about anything you mentioned.
    @!ALBERTxW Oh btw I did say BIOLOGICAL grand children adopted kids aren't biological idiot.
    @ALBERTxW... ROFL! No what's sad is when someone has a homosexual kid and their not bothered by it being concerned for your childrens well being is normal and doesn't make you a bigot or redneck. You only think that because you're probably a homosexual yourself and if you are it is a good thing that you can't have kids. You are totally nuts lady!!!!!! ROFL.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylc=X3oDMTY5MmU4bG1sBElfYWd1aWQDUFFUUlZWVE1LNUFBV0NUSlRGU0paUFVTRU0ESV9jZ3VpZANZQk9BUkdJV01aVDJaWUdRSUFEN0oyRVc0NARJX2Nwcm9wA3lhaG9vLnNvY2lhbGJsb2cueWNhLmNsaWVudARJX3VjbnR4AwRJX3VzcmMDeS51cy5hbnN3ZXJzBElfdXN1aWQDMjAxMTAzMTQxNTE3NDdBQW5pUFZzXzVwY1dvU2R0YWEESV91dHlwZQNhc2sEX1MDMjAyMzQzNTI2MQ--?qid=20110314151747AAniPVs

    ^Albertx I knew you were looney that question only confirms it I have another question though why aren't you dead? That question was asked 2 weeks ago.
    @ALBERTxW... Wow all that name calling only shows me how bitter angry and hateful you are. All the names you call me are just deflections for who you are as a person. I ask a simple question that doesn't even attack homosexuals and you go off into a psycho rant. You totally overreacted that's why someone else thumbs down'd you. We can all see that you are messed up. Don't take your issues and distorted mind out on me. You are the most ignorant one here you are prejudice yourself. You assume that anyone against homosexuality is a redneck who lives in a trailer does that sound logical to you? I guess most of America are rednecks that live in trailers. I don't live in a Trailer I live in a 2 family house in NJ which is a very liberal state. I myself am even black so your white redneck country view of me goes right out the window because I am black city girl. It's unfortunate that you haven't killed yourself because you are a waste of space,and truly pathetic how about not trying to play

    • ANSWER:
      Being gay is not "inborn" It is a learned behavior from people's environment. It is a deviate life style and although I would never condone hate crimes, bullying, or judging anyone, I believe it is a personal choice people choose. Yes, homophobia is taught and is wrong. We should accept and allow everyone to live without fear.

  35. QUESTION:
    By it's literal definition, wouldn't every Obama supporter be homophobic?
    HOMO=SAME
    PHOBIA=FEAR

    FEAR OF THE SAME

    Wouldn't a blind attachment to an unspecified "change" literally homophobia? Do you fear the country continuing the same way it has?
    Oops. literally *be* homophobia
    @squidbilly50 - Explain to me how anything I wrote is less than 100% true. And yeah, most people who didn't do well in school use the the semantics of Greek to prove a valid point.
    What part of this fact is so difficult to understand?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Do I have some sort of bug phobia?
    At the end of September we started to develop a stinkbug problem. They are the definition of nasty! They smell and their so creepy looking. Anyway, I started to develop a fear. When I see one in the house, we haven't had one in our house for like 3 weeks, but before I would freak out and cry. The bug was in the other room and I began to cry and couldn't sit down thinking there was more. Right now I can control my fear a little bit more, but I still look outside for one when I'm about to head out and I can't help but open the curtains every 5 minutes to see if their on my windows. Is this a real bad phobia? I don't get like this with any other bug. I kill spiders and silverfishes in an instant. But when I see a stinkbug I cry. Eh?

    • ANSWER:
      Its a phobia. I do the same thing...Except it's with every kind of bug, not just one kind.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are people ignorant, or has the definition of "homophobe" and "racist" changed?
    Last time I checked, the word phobia meant fear. Why is homophobia - the fear of queers - being used as a label or brand on anyone who disagrees with the idea? I am sick of being called a homophobe, I am in no way scared of gay people I just dont think its morally acceptable.
    AND
    racist and sexist. Why do the teachers always say lets pick a girl when only boys raise their hands, yet no one cries out when Oprah, a huge sexist and racist, builds a school for poor GIRLS?
    Maybe the democrats have executed a coup and changed these words' definitions, thats the only thing I can come up with for all of this irrational, stupid labelling of people.
    Thoughts?
    dragon, i know what coup means, I was using it in a different context, obviously.
    the last time I checked the refusal to have an open mind and be accepting of others was not morally acceptable. I could be wrong but my guess is that you truly are a homophobe.....maybe not completely secure in your own sexuality and perhaps having a fear that .....OMG.....you of all people might actually be gay LMAO
    you people make me laugh so hard
    I see you dont like democrats either....im guessing you also dont like immigrants or anybody who is not white, heterosexual and thinking exactly the way you do.
    I bet if I look in the dictionary your face is under......redneck, homophobe, racist, sexist, idiot, moron... and probably a few others too
    And oh by the way....isnt calling gay people...."queer" doing a little labeling of your own?????

    It is funny how you try to "figure me out" when you dont know the first thing about me. Ill explain in the next detail thing, as your idiotic answer took up most of this one
    You condescending little know-it-all.
    I'm conservative, republican, white, male, basically everything YOU hate, but im nothing you try to label me as. Using the word queer is a label, as is the word gay itself. If you were alive a little longer, you would be worldly enough to remember that gays were once all called queers, before they hijacked the word gay. I'm QUITE secure in my masculinity, secure enough to say I am definitely not gay.
    I must also adress the person who said that my dislike shows fear that they threaten my way of thinking. This is again, another attempt to try and connect dots that dont exist.
    My dislike means DISLIKE, I thank you for proving my point that apparently the definition HAS been changed by democrats. They do threaten my morallity, and cast what I believe into question, and that is why I see it as immoral, and dislike it. I hold no regard of fear for them, no matter how hard you try to tell me that I am homophobic.

    • ANSWER:
      People that are too stupid to make an intelligent arguments resort to labels.
      Like what happened to you, you obviously shut the person down so he/she had no good come back so he/she resorted to calling you a homophobe so the topics goes to you now and leaves the original topic and you spend most of the time trying to prove your not a homophobe.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I get over my phobia of spiders?
    I am the definition of arachnophobe (spelling?) when I get near a spider I start to hyperventalate and cry. My dad says get over it and does absolutly nothing, and I really need to get over it because my house is old and I see a spider like every day in the summer. PLEASE someone tell me what to do. Dont say touching spiders, getting a pet one, or anything like that. My next door neighbour has a pet spider and every time its visible even if I am not in the room of its cage I freak out. PLEASE help me!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try really hard to keep yourself composed when you see one..if you're not willing to touch one or get really close to one, then I don't really know what else there is you can do.

  39. QUESTION:
    can you help me to overcome my social phobia, plz read...?
    I'm almost 30 living alone, I never been a very social guy and I pretty much fit the definition of an introvert,
    Honestly I don’t mind that and I really enjoy my time alone, I never get bored, I always have fun on my own, reading surfing web…
    But I’m not that comfortable in public, I almost never eat in a public place unless if I'm with somebody,
    I always feel that ppl are looking at me and judging me, I always get takeouts and eat at home alone,
    At a shopping mall I ALWAYS feel that they are watching me from those surveillance cameras passing judgments on me,
    If I gotta go out there somewhere I rather go out when its dark, I don’t like people seeing me that much,
    I'm really uncomfortable when I on subway or bus, its crowded and some ppl just sit there stare at others,
    It just drains my energy, as it should I guess for any introvert,
    I just can't be myself in public,
    the only outdoor activity that I enjoy is walking alone in a quiet park when no one is around,
    is there any treatment for this or its just the way it should be?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a self-imposed isolation, and one with which I am familiar---I tend to be rather hermit-like myself in my senior years. You are very young for such an existence, however, so there may be a chance for you to branch out a bit without sacrificing any pleasures you derive from the near total isolation. When you wish to eat out but are alone, take a book or newspaper to read, or carry a journal in which you can write while you are eating---this tends to lessen your feeling of being conspicuous. Consider taking a college course, maybe an evening course, in something about which you are curious...computers, horticulture, creative writing (you've written quite a bit here so I assume you have some writing skills), or even psychology (since you question your own behaviors or choices). Evening courses tend to be older working adults, with whom you might fit in rather well. Libraries are sometimes an excellent resource for finding a writers' group or other social gatherings of low-key intensity that might be to your liking. If you could attend a lecture at a local college and be somewhat anonymous in the crowd, this also might be something that would expand your knowledge while not interfering with your desire to remain subdued.

      As to the "cameras" in malls or public places, they are SURVEILLANCE cameras designed to make sure all the people are not posing a threat of some sort---you and everyone else. If you have nothing to hide in terms of your reasons for being there, cool...ignore the cameras or make funny faces at them and draw attention to yourself...get past your built-in guilt complex and paranoid tendencies by "confronting your demons" and realizing NOTHING BAD HAPPENED. Maybe you fear prominence because you think you will fall short of others' expectations---might be a reaction to over-demanding parental figures? This is FIXABLE...if you want it fixed. Or you can just continue to avoid being challenged and never really know for sure if you can meet, measure, match, and then surpass any demands made. Your choice.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is this a good definition of a fundie?
    The fundamentalists, also known as fundies or by their Latin classification Homo Phobius, are a subspecies of humanity distinguished by their phobia (simultaneous fear and hatred) of most people who differ from them in any way, based on their extreme religious conviction.

    A short list of those who are often considered by the fundie to be inferior follows:
    -atheists
    -agnostics
    -Muslims according to Christian fundies, and Christians according to Muslim fundies
    -HOMOSEXUALS (this is generally the most important enemy of the fundie)
    -people who have sex before marriage
    -people who are not white
    -members of any cult other than that of the fundie in question
    -immigrants
    -liberals (in the sense of "Democrats" as well as the sense of people who think independently, and/or support any less strict form of government than theocratic fascism, and/or in any way support the concepts of peace, love, or tolerance, as espoused by the Christian fundie's supposed idol, Jesus Christ.)
    -people who read or mention parts of the scriptures which endorse liberal blasphemies such as tolerance
    -every subculture except their own (e.g. punks, Goths, both of which are known in fundie dialect as "Satanists")
    -users of any mind-altering drug except pharmaceuticals and caffeine (and depending on the particular cult, tobacco and alcohol are sometimes accepted)
    -married couples who do not always have sex in the missionary position

    • ANSWER:
      So, you're saying... Fundies tear other people down to make themselves feel they are superior?

  41. QUESTION:
    So let me get this straight, if I dont agree with homosexuality Im a "Homophobe"?
    A phobia is being scared of something and I sure aint scared of a limp wristed gay man. I simply dont agree with the unnatural lifestyle.

    Someone give me a definition of a so called "homophobe".

    • ANSWER:
      "Homophobia" ---someone who hates homosexuals is homophobic, when the actual definition means to be afraid of homosexuality, not homosexuals, you are aren't afraid of the man, you are just not in agreement with the lifestyle

  42. QUESTION:
    my son's 6th grade home work?
    teacher want's definitions of a list of phobias she gave him today, we found all but 4 does anyone know these? 1. apipobia 2. hydrophobia 3. tachophobia & 4. bathophobia . ( Help please) I thought maybe bathophobia is the fear of water or of taking a bath let me know what you think. It's do tomarrow .Thank's

    • ANSWER:
      Apiphobia: Fear of bees.

      Hydrophobia: 1. Literally, an irrational fear of water, to drink or to swim in. Someone who is scared of the water is hydrophobic. 2. A term once commonly used for rabies because in the later stages of that disease, the animal (or person) has difficulty swallowing and so fears a drink of water.

      Tachophobia refers to the condition of having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of speed (that is, the experience of travelling quickly; rather than the drug sometimes referred to as "speed").

      Bathophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of depths. Sufferers from bathophobia experience anxiety even though they realize they are safe from falling into or being consumed by depths. The feared object may be a long, dark hallway, a well or a deep pool or lake.

  43. QUESTION:
    This is kinda a poll I guess but what different phobias do you ppl have?
    If you add the definition that would be great.
    This is a good site to see what phobias you have.
    http://phobialist.com/

    My phobias are
    Acarophobia- Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching.
    Anthropophobia- Fear of people or society.
    Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia- Fear of spiders.
    Catapedaphobia- Fear of jumping from high and low places.
    Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces.
    Clithrophobia or Cleithrophobia- Fear of being enclosed.
    Mottephobia- Fear of moths.
    Parasitophobia- Fear of parasites.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you really have all of those phobia's?! I had never EVER seen so many fear's. May I remind you that there have to specific symptoms for it to be considered as a phobia.
      For goodness sakes..if you ACTUALLY HAD THOSE PHOBIAS you wouldnt even BE ONLINE ON Y!A!!

  44. QUESTION:
    What does it mean by Perception of Fear?
    I have this psychology project to do and I'm writing a analytical paper about Perception of Fear. The problem is that i really don't understand what it means. Does it mean fear overall? Because i need 3 books about perception of fear and the only thing i could really find is Phobias. So i have 3 books about Phobias but I'm not sure if it is perception of fear though? Can anybody give me a good definition?

    • ANSWER:
      Fear is the opposite of faith? Faith is a hope in the unseen? So by placing our faith in something? We create the perception desired? If we place faith in fear? Paranoia if in suffering? Detachment thus escapism? So if we put our faith in the strength open hope we know that charity as love delivers caring compassion?

      You have to understand extremists extremes dodge traditional risk assessment because fear is an extreme risk assessment its more a disaster response or specialist service we look to on protocols?

      In the past we used to set aside one tenth of brilliant trust worthy folks as moves towards maximum productivity we've created a gridlocked group of stables corporate greed thinkers abound without much understanding crime doesn't pay and terrorism and revolutionary brevado damage what used to be. Extreme of polarized economic entitlement?

      The main strife in life is the Alan Greenspan ideal we justify selfish self endulgance the ideal using logic to justify anti charity anti ultruism is merely producing a complete lack of anything good for anyone? A values collapse seems to justify a free for all? The very basis for truth trust integrity flyswatter out the window in a free for all the very basis of life having no value its sacredness is only justified by the basis of its absence?

      So bravery and foolishness merely differ in their extreme risk aassrssment? We never ever truly know what our worst sin or greatest defining moments are until we push the limits of extreme? Its why they call it x generation?

  45. QUESTION:
    Why am I afraid to take my shirt off?
    I'm an 18 year old guy and I noticed the other day at my friends pool party that I'm nervous about taking my shirt off. I have some noticeable muscle definition so I shouldn't be afraid but I am. It may just be one of those weird phobias that some people have and can't really explain...
    Is there a way I can get over it?

    • ANSWER:
      Again I can somewhat relate to you lol as me being a gay teen i feel uncomfortable being in the bathroom with other males. I guess i don't have confidence in myself or i'm just afraid that anybody will talk about me or make me feel nervous. So i'll always wait and see if anybodies in the bathroom to use it. My main fear when it comes to these types of situations is if anybody will laugh at me or just talk about anything they find that is wrong with me.

      But don't be afraid just have confidence in yourself don't feel discouraged about your physical appearance it is who u are and you can't be afraid to show some skin at times lol I say practice taking off your shirt with a friend or one of your sibling (If you have any) then practice around a larger group of people your comfortable around and hopefully it won't be a problem to take off that shirt lol :)

  46. QUESTION:
    would this be correct to say?
    being locked in a small box that i can barely breath in of stretch out my legs? its because i have to do a fear mobile for my ELA class and i was thinking for representing being enclosed in a small space i would put a lock and the phobia for this is called Cleisiophobia. and the definition for this is Fear of being locked in an enclosed place.
    would being locked in a small box apply to this definition? and what does enclosed mean?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    A survey for those bored? (Lion Boys welcome)?
    500-question survey part 20. 5 more to go.

    As you can see, I can no longer use "500-question survey part ____ (20 questions) as my title, because it gets removed. While lame, this works. Please copy and paste questions.

    381. What is a drumstick?
    382. Do you have a phobia?
    383. What word has the longest definition in the dictionary?
    384. Are nurses sexy?
    385. Do you remember your dreams?
    386. Do you like pillow fights?
    387. Are your ears pierced?
    388. How blind is a bat?
    389. Why do you need a can opener?
    390. Do you shower in the mornings or evenings?
    391. Do you speak Spanish?
    392. What kind of accent do you speak with?
    393. Complete: Red _________
    394. What percentage of your time do you spend with your mind in the gutter?
    395. Is "weird" an offensive term?
    396. Do you snowboard?
    397. If the answer is "Because," what is the question?
    398. Are you easily affected by strong emotions?
    399. Pirates, ninjas or pickles?
    400. How do you console somebody who has just lost a loved one?

    Uhhhh.... this survey is super-important. For top-secret business. Or something. Thank you for any answers you can provide.

    • ANSWER:
      381. What is a drumstick? Something you hit a drum with to make a sound.
      382. Do you have a phobia? No
      383. What word has the longest definition in the dictionary? I don't know. And I cba to look...
      384. Are nurses sexy? Some of them are...especially the sexy ones...
      385. Do you remember your dreams? Sometimes
      386. Do you like pillow fights? No
      387. Are your ears pierced? God no. Disgusting ( for a boy)
      388. How blind is a bat? Not blind at all
      389. Why do you need a can opener? To open cans without hurting your fingers or any other part of you.
      390. Do you shower in the mornings or evenings? Mornings
      391. Do you speak Spanish? No
      392. What kind of accent do you speak with? English
      393. Complete: Red decent (sounds like it would be a good band name)
      394. What percentage of your time do you spend with your mind in the gutter? 80
      395. Is "weird" an offensive term? Depends the context
      396. Do you snowboard? No
      397. If the answer is "Because," what is the question? Why not? (is the question)
      398. Are you easily affected by strong emotions? Yes, very.
      399. Pirates, ninjas or pickles? Pirates (ninjas are overrated (and pickles taste lke shite)
      400. How do you console somebody who has just lost a loved one? Poo on them...

  48. QUESTION:
    There is a word for this...?
    What is the word for something that means itself.
    It's a noun and its more of a title for these things like phobias, or adverbs.
    Such as:
    The definition of the word definition
    Learning about learning
    The history of history
    The design of design
    The science of science

    Mathematiccally it would be the equivalent of [y^2]
    [y^2]=[x]*[x]
    [y]=The [x] of [x]
    I want to know what [y] is.

    Ps&Qs lol

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Phobias! Ahh!?
    I know that there is a phobia for pretty much everything but i'm having a hard time finding the name for the specific phobia I have. I have a fear of tall people. I know it sounds crazy. But I can't seem to find a name for it. Does anyone have a name for this phobia and maybe a link to it's definition?

    Please?

    • ANSWER:
      These are pretty good, keep in mind it's probably impossible to list all of the phobias. The human mind is quite complex you know.

      http://psychology.about.com/od/phobias/a/phobialist.htm

      http://phobialist.com/reverse.html#A-

  50. QUESTION:
    If a person is against Gay Marriage and believes that sex is between man and women does that....?
    If a person is against Gay Marriage and believes that sex is between man and women does that make them homophobic?

    Serious question--there are a lot of liberals that assume if you believe marriage and sex are between a man and a woman you are a homophobe. Do you think this is true?
    Do you know what a phobia is?

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&defl=en&q=define:phobia&ei=WShfSuCMDpP-NejesK4C&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title

    • ANSWER:
      I don't necessarily believe it makes them homophobic unless they actively discriminate.

      They are entitled to believe that "sex should be between a man and woman" all they want. However, they are not entitled to push that opinion on people who believe otherwise. Simple fact: If you don't believe sex between same sex couples or moral or "natural", don't bang someone of the same sex. But for those of us who have no problem with it, please keep you personal opinions out of government legislature.


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