A phobia is an intense, irrational, and excessive fear of an object or situation. One way that you can tell a fear has become a phobia is if it begins to have a negative impact on various aspects of your life.
Here’s an example. Lots of people are afraid of snakes. Some psychologists even attribute this fear to an ingrained, biological response to a harmful object. What makes this fear excessive, though? If someone who lives in an area where it’s unlikely to see a snake is so afraid of snakes that he or she refuses to leave the house for fear of coming across one, the fear has most likely grown into a phobia.
Phobias interfere with your ability to live a healthy, normal life. They occupy an unreasonably large amount of your thoughts, and they make you behave in an irrational way.
In a child, it may be more difficult to recognize a phobia. Most children experience fear of things that adults know to be harmless. Fortunately, people tend to outgrow their childhood fears as they gain more experience of the world.
A group of radio announcers discuss their childhood fears and how they affect them today. A professor of Applied Psychology also weighs in to offer some insight into how phobias present themselves in children.
To listen to the broadcast and learn more about childhood phobias, click on the link below this article.