Phobias Internationally Common But Not Among Ewhaians
Phobias Internationally Common But Not Among Ewhaians
  • Ewha Voice
  • 승인 2005.10.05 00:00
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   According to the survey conducted by the Ewha Voice, some interesting facts about Ewha students were revealed. Phobias which are usually found in the general public, turned out to be uncommon to Ewha students.
Let? find out what those phobias are:

    1. Social Phobia
   Social Phobia, or clinically named "Social Anxiety Disorder," is an abnormal and persistent fear of society and relationships with other people. It is known that over seven percent of the population suffer from social phobia right this every minute according to Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association, which is a non-profit organization for people interested in social phobia. It is characterized by an intense fear of situations, usually social or performance situations, where something embarrassing may occur. Patients who suffer from social phobia tend to be sensitive to criticism and rejection, and suffer from low self-esteem. The most common fears associated with social phobia are a fear of speaking in public or with strangers, a fear of meeting new people, and a fear of performing activities which may potentially be embarrassing.

   2. Agoraphobia
   Agoraphobia is a fear of being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, and in which help might not be available. It includes fear of being alone in crowds, on bridges, at malls  or of being outside alone. The word agoraphobia is an English adoption of the Greek word "agora," which means "where people are together." It can also be translated in modern Greek as "a fear of the marketplace." Sufferers of agoraphobia may become house bound for years until one overcomes the fear, if the sufferes of agoraphobia do not recieve medical help, they are likely to hurt their social and interpersonal relationships.

   Hemophobia, also called hematophobia, is an abnormal and persistent fear of blood. Hemophobia is derived from the Greek word "hemia," meaning "blood." Sufferers of Hemophobia dread the sight of their own blood, as well as the sight of the blood of another person or animal, sometimes printed or filmed images of blood and seldomly even thoughts of blood. Blood may remind them of their own vulnerability to injury and of the eventuality of death.

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