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What’s the difference between a fear and a phobia?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
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In brief:

Fear is felt to be a normal protective mechanism. Fear is what causes us to walk slowly to keep from stumbling when it is too dark to see.
A phobia is an abnormal fear that keeps the sufferer from normal activities. Someone with a phobia of heights would not be able to use a ladder at all. A non-phobic fear of fear of heights makes people be very careful when climbing on ladders.

In brief:

Fear is felt to be a normal protective mechanism. Fear is what causes us to walk slowly to keep from stumbling when it is too dark to see.
A phobia is an abnormal fear that keeps the sufferer from normal activities. Someone with a phobia of heights would not be able to use a ladder at all. A non-phobic fear of fear of heights makes people be very careful when climbing on ladders.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Fears

Fears are rational and may be based on exposure to real events, while phobias are irrational.
Both can be helped with cognitive behavioral methods.

In brief: Fears

Fears are rational and may be based on exposure to real events, while phobias are irrational.
Both can be helped with cognitive behavioral methods.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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