Are you one of those people that likes to experience fear? Do you have a particular phobia? What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?
Fear to be afraid or apprehensive
Fear from a distance is great! Many people like to experience fear through books and movies. The scary scene in a movie frightens you at first, but then sometimes you're left laughing afterward. The rush of adrenaline is intense and thrilling.
Fear in reality is different. Did you just lock your keys in the car? You can't find your wallet when you go to pay for something. You turn around and notice that your small child is not by your side in a crowded store. With hope, you've made it through your predicament without anything to worry about. Your keys were safely in your purse. Your wallet fell out of your pocket while you were sitting in the car. Your little one was standing by the gumball machine. You can take a deep breath. It's all behind you now.
Phobia an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation
Phobias are not fun. They can be debilitating. Phobias range from the fear of heights to the fear of clowns to the fear of spiders to the fear of going outside. There doesn't always have to be a reason for the fear, it just has to be there. There are ways to fix a phobia and sometimes you can just grow out of them.
I used to be afraid of ghosts but now I love to go in search of them. I've always been afraid of spiders. This phobia has gotten better over the years but is still very much there. Spiders and I have come to an agreement...if they don't try to eat me, I won't kill them. Though the
urge to stomp first and ask questions later is still there, I can usually
let spiders go upon their merry way.
How about you? What are you afraid of?
The above definitions were found at www.merrian-webster.com.