A woman had a fear of elevators and closed spaces. A psychologist helped her to remember the time when she experienced the fear for the first time. She was in a baby carriage and her mother had put her in a thick undershirt. It was too tight and she was trying to breathe. She constantly tried to pull herself up out of the baby carriage to be able to breathe, but she felt trapped and frightened. This remembered breathing restriction had been started again when she was in closed spaces like an elevator. By taking a look at the dictionary we find out that phobia is defined as a strong unreasonable fear or hatred of a particular thing. Types of phobias that I would like to discuss are divided into three categories: Hydrophobia, Claustrophobia, and xenophobia. The first kind of phobia that I am going to write about is Hydrophobia.
Hydrophobia is an anxiety disorder that causes fear of drowning. The panic is generally so intense that and has an effect on a person’s quality of life. People with Hydrophobia sometimes feel uncomfortable to see a lot of water or a swimming pool. People who suffer from hydrophobia are actually in more danger of drowning than other people who cannot swim, because their panic can be so intense when they find themselves under water. The second one is Claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder; it is a strong fear of being in a small-enclosed space or in a situation that limits what you can do. It happens in certain situations, such as being in a crowded elevator, a room without windows, or sitting in an airplane.
Some people may even experience claustrophobia when wearing tight clothes. The third and last one is Xenophobia. Xenophobia literally means a fear of outsiders or foreigners, so firstly it is usually used incorrectly as it is used to describe somebody who hates foreigners and often not to describe somebody who is physically scared of them, so, xenophobic tendencies are aimed at foreigners (not necessarily people of a different skin color to the xenophobic person). To conclude, this essay talked about three irrational fears that can affect people’s ordinary life. The best way to get rid of these kind of fears is to see a doctor.
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