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Fear of the dark is often actually the fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by the darkness.
This phobia can also be considered a manifestation of separation anxiety.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_the_dark

The fear of the dark is a common fear or phobia among children and, to a varying degree, of adults. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of darkness itself, but fear ...

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Oct 26, 2016 ... But there's one fear that most people will experience at one point or another: the fear of the dark. And unlike most childhood fears, it's one that ...

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Oct 31, 2013 ... Most kids go through a stage in which they're afraid of the dark. ... If people are disapproving, then social anxiety may be appropriate. Different ...

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Oct 26, 2016 ... Science has revealed that being afraid of the dark doesn't mean you're a scaredy -cat. Instead, this phobia simply means you have a big ...

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/why-are-we-afraid-of-the-dark-a6889086.html

Feb 22, 2016 ... ... but fear of the dark lingers into adulthood for many people. A YouGov survey of 2000 adults by Go Glow found that 40 per cent were scared of ...

www.medicaldaily.com/why-were-afraid-dark-evolutionary-and-rational-impulse-protect-ourselves-329414

Apr 16, 2015 ... Children and even adults are often afraid of the dark. The fear stems not from irrational phobias, but from evolutionary impulse.

www.sciencealert.com/here-s-the-evolutionary-reason-why-we-re-afraid-of-the-dark

Feb 19, 2016 ... As children, we all seem to go through a 'scared of the dark' phase. Back when we were younger and, in a lot of ways, fearless in the face of ...

www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/why-are-we-afraid-of-the-dark.html

There are evolutionary reasons why we are afraid of the dark. ... Most people benefit from a dose of about 50-100mg per day but check with your doctor (and ...

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Dec 28, 2015 ... For as long as we've known, humans have had an innate fear of the dark. Thoughty2 explains why darkness can instil so much fear.