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Stop Casually Throwing The Word 'Phobia' Around
There's a difference between being afraid of something and having a phobia of it.
GPS FOR THE SOUL
Our Curative Breath
Jane Simon, M.D.
Writes a weekly blog, www.drsimonsays.blogspot.com
We can wake ourselves up by increasing our oxygen level by breathing deeply. Or conversely, we can put ourselves to sleep with a kind of meditation of shallow breathing, and repeating silently the words to the rhythmic "in" and "out" like a mantra.
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Free-Roaming Tarantulas Definitely Don't Make Flying Any Better
A passenger recounts the abject terror of having a huge spider crawl up her leg mid-air.
How to Overcome Fear of Commitment
Licensed Marriage Family and Couple Therapist, Relationship Ex...
By nature, you will not want to hurry into a relationship. If you rush yourself, then it will do more damage than good. Be
7 Tips to Coping With Ebola Phobia: Keeping Perspective Is Key
John Tsilimparis, MFT
Psychotherapist, Professor, Author
When we are faced with crisis situations of this magnitude, we get anxious and excessively worry that our sense of safety and security is threatened. We become fearful for ourselves and for our loved ones.
One BumbleBee, Three Children and Me: A Lesson Learned
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Firstly, let me state that I'm TERRIFIED of Bees and Wasps. Whilst I recognize that this fear (phobia?) of mine is, to some degree, irrational, I've lived with it for forty odd years and gotten used to it. It is what it is, you know?
We're Not in the Stone Age Anymore but We're Still Scared Stiff: 7 Phobias of the Modern Age
Many phobias--those irrational, excessive fears that send us into trembling pools of dread--are rooted in evolutionary history.
The Top 12 Travel Phobias You Probably Have and Don't Even Realize
Rita Anya Nara
Author of 'The Anxious Traveler'
Sure, you may know you have aviatophobia (fear of flying) or claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), but what about all those other angst-inducing scenarios and situations that crop up when you're living life on the road?
How to Know When to Listen to Fear and When to Push Through It
Psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author and public speaker
How to answer to fear is different in every case. What is important is that we do not automatically react to fear by either doing the thing that scares us or not doing it. Fear is just a warning light, there to alert us that we need to inquire more deeply into ourselves.
Into the Hole! Terror and Survival
Author, 'On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired...
Some people find holes -- and images of holes -- deeply upsetting, even terrifying. These people suffer from a common but little-known phobia known as trypophobia. As with most irrational fears, the origins of trypophobia are unknown.
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Conquering Fear: How Exposure Therapy Works (PHOTOS)
Exposure therapy's not a new concept, but Hauner et al's study seemed so definitive I wanted to delve into it a little deeper
49 Before 50: Surrender
The Travel Mom, 49 Before 50
The older I get, the more I want to challenge myself to push through fear and not allow it to interfere with my life.
Confronting My Fear Of Snakes (VIDEO)
The Travel Mom, 49 Before 50
My dad and I share a real fear of snakes. In fact, he still tells the story about how disappointed he was in himself as a young boy because in order to get a Boy Scout merit badge, he had to hold a snake... and he just couldn't bring himself to do it.
The 10 Most Common Phobias (PHOTOS)
Flight Attendant, Writer
So what are the most common irrational fears and phobias? Terrorism? Cancer? Commitment? Nope. According to research studies of the U.S. population, the top fears and phobias are closely tied to the kinds of threats our ancestors had to worry about.
Let Go and Leap!
You will be amazed what shifts in your life when you acknowledge and face your fears on purpose.
'Islamophobia' is Not a Phobia
Jalees Rehman, M.D.
Scientist and Physician
While so many examples of what constitutes "Islamophobia" are presented, little effort is devoted to clarifying what does
Should Homophobia be Treated?
CEO of NeuroBusiness Group and award-winning author
"Homophobia" may range from mild, private feelings of discontent to raging hatred affecting public policies and social institutions such as marriage. When homophobia is internalized, it can affect the behavior and decision-making of the homophobic person significantly.
Man Builds Unusual Tomb To Conquer Fear Of Being Buried Alive
HIDROLÂNDIA, Brazil -- Under the shade of ficus trees stands the stone burial chapel that 73-year-old Freud de Melo built
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