Sunday, October 23, 2011

Don't have a fear/a phobia!



Which of the definitions below refers to 1) fear and 2) phobia?

a. a strong or irrational feeling about something

b. an unpleasant feeling you have when you think you're in danger


Which of the two words:

- Can be a verb and a noun?

- We use with “suffer from” e.g. I suffer from a ….?

- Is both a countable and uncountable noun?


Complete the following famous quotes with either fear or phobia. In the quotes with more than one blank space, use the same word.

  1. Most intellectuals today have a ……………. of any explanation of the mind that invokes genetics. Steven Pinker
  2. Courage is resistance to …………., mastery of ………, not absence of ………….. Mark Twain
  3. Do the thing you …………. most and the death of ………….. is certain. Mark Twain
  4. I have had a lifelong ………… of snakes. Jessica Savitch
  5. In time we hate the thing we often ………….. William Shakespeare
  6. Discrimination against homosexuals is just that: a ……….. George Weinberg
  7. The …….. of death is the most unjustified of all because there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. Albert Einstein
  8. I have this …………: I don't like mirrors. Pamela Anderson
  9. …….. has its use but cowardice has none. Mohandas Gandhi
  10. I would gladly do it but I am suffering from social ……….. I can’t stand being in front of a crowd of people. Elfriede Jelinek

To see the original quotes and check your answers, click here.

Fear is a natural emotion; sometimes, people say it is fundamental to remind us of our limitations as humans and of the need to respect our limits.

What can we say about phobias? There are so many of them that it would seem that they are as natural as fear.

What makes you:

Afraid?

Scared?

Terrified?

Petrified?

Panicky?


How do you deal with your fears?

Do you think any of your fears may have developed into a phobia?

Do you know anyone who suffers from a phobia?

What advice would you give to someone who suffers from a phobia?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone is afraid to talk about their fear.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid of fish. It's called ichthyophobia.

Anonymous said...

I’m afraid of water. When I was a child I drowned almost twice. It was a traumatic experience. The first time I fell from a horse into a river. My father dived in to pull me out.

Anonymous said...

Fears and phobias are unexplainable. My father, for example, is terrified of thunder. He knows that lightning is more dangerous but when he hears the thunder he blocks his ears and goes to bed.

Anonymous said...

Some people try to overcome their fears or phobias by facing them.

Anonymous said...

My sister and sister-in-law are claustrophobic. They can’t stay in closed spaces.

Angela said...

First of all we have to define the difference between fear and fobia:

Fear is a normal emotion that everyone experiences and can easily overcome it.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder.

Disorders in a person wherein they feel anxious about a certain object or situation.

Phobias are irrational fears of a certain object or situation. It is an uncontrollable feeling and cannot be easily overcome.


Never think that fear and phobias are the same. They aren't.