10 Strange Phobias

Phobophobia -- Fear of Fear

If you suffer from phobophobia, you probably didn't make it this far in our list of strange phobias due to your crippling fear of, well, phobias. Phobophobia is the fear of phobias, or the fear of developing a phobia. In other words, it's the fear of fear.

Fear is necessary for our survival -- when we're threatened (or we perceive a threat) our flight-or-fight response kicks in. It's an automatic, physiological response. Phobias, however, are anxiety disorders. They are persistent and exaggerated responses to fear that can cause symptoms ranging from sweaty palms and increased heart rate to panic attacks and social isolation.

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