Clotilde Odea
Clotilde Odea voted up Tom Jackson's answer


Didge says it's an "irrational " fear.  Nothing really wrong with that definition, but I am more used to the word being used to categorize an "extreme" fear.

Sometimes we humans internally synergize "negative" experiences and our reactions sometimes are stronger than we would expect, and then we exhibit what might be described as … Read more

Clotilde Odea
Clotilde Odea voted up Didge Doo's answer

A phobia is an irrational  fear. People who suffer from them don't confuse them with being scared. It is very difficult indeed for them to face the object of that phobia.

They differ from ordinary fear, or being afraid, in that it's relatively easy to face rational fears. You should be afraid of many things … Read more