So I’m doing a project in my psych class, where I have to research an anxiety disorder and then create a presentation followed by guidded notes to go wiht it. The anxiety disorder I chose was phobias. A phobia is an irrational fear of a situation or an object. The cause of this is usually associated with brain chemicals (inbalances….), genetics and traumatic experiences. You can also learn a phobia through observation of a family member or someone close to you.
Some symptoms are:
- Feelings of dread/horror/terror.
- Recognition that the fear goes beyond normal boundaries and actual threat of danger.
- Reactions that are automatic and uncontrollable, practically taking over your thoughts.
- Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling and an overwhelming desire to flee the situation-all the physical reactions associated with extreme fear.
- Extreme measures are usually taken to avoid the feared situation or object.
So I did some research on famous people who have phobias….people are afraid of some crazy shit… For instance, did you know that George Washington, our very first president, had a phobia of being buried alive? I mean yea, that’s a pretty rational fear, and I’m sure everybody is afraid of that at some point. But our buddy George took it to the extremes. On his death bed in 1799, he made his attendants promise him that his body would be left out for two days, just in case he was still alive. Now would any of y’all actually be that afraid of it? Woody Allen is literally afraid of everything under the sun, including the sun (yea, he is actually afraid of sunshine). Richard Nixon had a fear of hospitals, he thought that if he were ever to step foot into a hospital, he would never come out alive…. See I’m afraid of hospitals too…I mean you’re surrounded by death and sickness, who wouldn’t be afraid? But my fear does not go that deep….I just don’t like the smell, the smell of death and chemicals. Alfred Hitchcock was afraid of eggs….how weird? And my favorite actor of all time, Johnny Depp. His phobia is of clowns….see Depp and I kinda share the same phobia….clowns. Something about their painted on faces, that fake smile. You never really know what they actually look like underneath their painted on faces… As Depp said, “…always seemed to be a darkness lurking just beyond the surface, a potential for real evil”. I definitely agree with him, there’s just something about clowns, that scare the living shit out of me. So I must ask myself, why do I have a very strong urge to watch Stephen King’s It? No idea, guess I’m just asking for nightmares all night long.
So, now you know some famous people’s fears, you now know mine, what’s yours? What do you fear so badly that you would do just about anything to avoid it? Have you ever had to face that fear? Share your phobia story 🙂