Here's Why Fear Of Blood Makes You Faint When Other Phobias Make Your Heart Race

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Here's Why Fear Of Blood Makes You Faint When Other Phobias Make Your Heart Race

When people with blood injury injection (BII) phobia encounter their fears—which include seeing blood, anticipating an injury, or getting a shot—their heart rate and blood pressure drop, sometimes so much that they faint.

Our Brains Can't Handle Fake Faces

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Our Brains Can't Handle Fake Faces

Horror films have primed us to fear a lot of usually pleasant things, from clowns to dolls. When did a child's play toy start giving us the creeps?As it turns out, doll faces have the ability to unsettle us at the most basic level. Humans are innately social creatures, so our brains have evolved to read faces for signs of emotion, intent, and potential threat. As dolls become increasingly realistic, our brains recognize their features as human-like...but not quite. The fact that their faces don't convey emotion just throws us off.

Some People Fear Public Speaking More Than Death Itself

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Some People Fear Public Speaking More Than Death Itself

Whether it's a presentation at work, a speech for your brother's wedding, or the opening night of a big performance, most people have experienced "stage fright" to some degree. This fear is so serious that many people rank public speaking higher than death when surveyed about their greatest fears. How could one possibly fear public speaking more than death itself? Because, at the most basic level, humans are social animals.

If You Fear Clowns, You May Have Coulrophobia

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If You Fear Clowns, You May Have Coulrophobia

Clowns are innocent, goofy, fun. Right? Everyone loves clowns, don't they? Though clowns are meant to be the personification of harmless fun, they don't deliver that message to a lot of people. In fact, an estimated 12 percent of American adults have a fear of clowns. This intense fear is known as coulrophobia. But where did it come from if clowns just want to make people happy? Well, for one thing, the media sure isn't helping the cause.

This Is The Vague And Commonly Misunderstood Agoraphobia

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This Is The Vague And Commonly Misunderstood Agoraphobia

The definition of phobia is an abnormal and unreasonable fear. A phobia can range from exquisitely specific (like scriptophobia, the fear of writing in public) to a broader umbrella term. Agoraphobia may be considered the chief of these vague phobias-it is the fear of being in a situation place where you may experience panic, anxiety, or embarrassment. Because of its vagueness, it is very difficult to diagnose.

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Key Facts to Know

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    A phobia is an abnormal fear that produces a very pronounced response from the sufferer. 0:28

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    Scriptophobia is the fear of writing in public. 1:09

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    Agoraphobia is the fear of being in a situation place where you may experience panic, anxiety, or embarrassment. 1:46