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Phobias

10 Places You Shouldn't Go If You Have Phobias

SmarterTravel | Posted 10.23.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

In this, our most macabre month, we're taking a look at 10 places known for the kind of spectacles that many people would travel the world to see ... and a few would go to any lengths to avoid.

What Americans Fear Most

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living

What are Americans afraid of? No, it's not Ebola. According to the first large-scale study on fear in America, what we're most worried about is walkin...

For the Birds

Marcia Liss | Posted 10.09.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Are You Afraid to Be Alone? Good News: You're Not

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Why do most people hate being alone with their thoughts? Pain. When you feel physical or psychological pain you instinctively move away from it. However, when you feel emotional pain there's nowhere to go. Instead you may try to escape by distracting yourself with your cellphone.

The World's Scariest Stairs

Travel + Leisure | Posted 08.29.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Travelers with nerves of steel--and eager for bragging rights--follow these stairs because of what they find at the end, whether a sacred Hindu temple or the top of a spectacular waterfall. There's nothing quite like the thrill of accomplishment that comes once you've taken that last step. Safely, that is.

What Makes A Phobia Different From Fear

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living

In the course of everyday life, the words "phobia" and "fear" are often used interchangeably. Dig a little deeper, though, and you will find a differe...

My Snake Phobia, My Boyfriend, And Me

Jessica Samakow | Posted 09.23.2014 | Women
Jessica Samakow

Until very recently, the mere sight of a snake on TV would send chills down my spine, walking on grass wasn't an option and even saying the word "snake" made my throat close up.

Traveling Solo

Stanley Ely | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Stanley Ely

Anyone who has traveled alone and tried to book a single room in a hotel knows the odds are poor: There probably isn't such. The "single room" will be a double room with just you as the occupant, and the tab will be for a double.

Who's Afraid of the Big Definitive Book?: Scott Stossel's My Age of Anxiety

Liam Smith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Liam Smith

Over the course of the 400-plus page book, Stossel outlines every aspect of the subject of anxiety imaginable. His focus shifts between history of thought on the subject, descriptions of scientific experiments and research, and his own phenomenological experience of dealing with the condition.

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The Overland campaign was one of the most decisive campaigns in American history on the 150th anniversary.

7 Phobias You Probably Have (And Why)

Sara Latta | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Sara Latta

Many phobias--those irrational, excessive fears that send us into trembling pools of dread--are rooted in evolutionary history.

Too Much Internet News Can Drive You Crazy (or Why I Decided Putting a Microwave on the Toilet was a Good Idea)

Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Comedy
Emma Nicholson

I came to the realization I was reading too much internet news recently. I skimmed past Taylor Swift's latest romantic woes and the article detailing '10 Ways to Properly Cut Your Toenails' and searched for something that piqued my interest. Then I saw it...

11 Things You're Terrified Of, But Shouldn't Be

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 01.24.2014 | Weird News

You aren't swallowing tons of spiders while you sleep, so don't worry. Occasionally the things that come to elicit the most collective fear start a...

Fear Is A Wasted Emotion, But I'm Afraid

Emma Goddard | Posted 03.07.2014 | College
Emma Goddard

I worry about how I'm going to find a job after graduation. Not just any job, but one that I'll truly feel passionate about, and for most, that seems difficult to find in an entry-level position.

Ten Tips to Stop the Trauma of Stage Fright

Debra Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

I am not going to suggest you picture your audience sitting in their underwear. You are already nervous, and far be it from me to make you physically ill while picturing a bunch of folks lounging in their skivvies. Like life isn't scary enough.

Visualizing the Fears and Phobias of Children Across the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

VisualNews.com | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
VisualNews.com

Are children more afraid of fictitious monsters or real-world dangers? Rasmussen College has set out to answer just that, and have visualized their findings about what most concerns 10-12-year-olds from around the world

Two Responses to Fear (A Sermon on Exodus 1:10-11, 17)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Fear is something we wrestle with, as all of our ancestors have and all those coming behind us will. It comes with the human predicament. It may be on our job, with our children, or more generally in our daily rising and setting, but we all have fears.

Screams to Stream: New Horror Web Series

Jill Di Donato | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

It's the season for macabre. Horror has come a long way, baby. Whether in movie theaters, on TV, and now streaming from computers as webisodes, audiences just want to be scared.

Today's Marketing Cookie: Beyond Fear

Myles Bristowe | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Myles Bristowe

"There is no fear for the one whose thought is not confused." The photo for today's fortune came from Manya Chylinski of Boston, MA. Manya is the Pre...

Weird Celebrity Phobias

The Huffington Post | Debra Lipson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Celebrity

Oh, Kris Jenner, you slay us. The famous momager made an embarrassing admission during last week's "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" episode; she ...

On Overcoming a Debilitating Fear... of Turtles

Ani Vrabel | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Ani Vrabel

It's not a great exaggeration to say that last weekend, I walked into my own worst nightmare: the New York Turtle & Tortoise Society's annual Turtle and Tortoise Show. I had decided it was time to kick my ridiculous phobia -- and I figured an unconventional fear deserved an unconventional attempt to beat it.

How Avoidance Will Make You Fearful

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Think about everything you are missing out on because of what you are avoiding. How much richer could your life become if you didn't feel the need to hide from your fears? What would you be able to do? Supposing you were not fearful, think how great your life would be.

Primal Fear

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My husband, much to my dismay, announced last week that he hates the Caribbean. My idea of heaven is twelve days on a lounge bed in the scorching sun, an eight hundred-page Henry James novel and plastic goblet of pinot grigio at hand.

Experts Say Fear Of Flying Is Treatable

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 12.19.2012 | Travel

NEW YORK (AP) — Earlier this month, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus to play in at lea...

Panic Disorder and Men: Courageous Conquerors or Just Brave Faces?

Nichola Petts | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nichola Petts

As I was putting my last article together, I became really curious about why it seemed that almost all of the people who came forward and offered to share their personal experiences with me regarding anxiety were women.