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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobia

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. ..... Lesions in this area, therefore, have been shown to disrupt the acquisition of learned responses to fear. Likewise ... or situation. People with slight distress from their phobias usually do not need prolonged exposure to their fear.

www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-we-develop-certain-irrationa

Jan 1, 2014 ... Estimates of genetic contributions to specific phobia range from roughly 25 to 65 percent, although we do not know which genes have a leading part. ... people tend to do a poor job of identifying the source of their fears.

www.healthline.com/health/phobia-simple-specific

Jul 19, 2017 ... If you have a phobia, you will experience a deep sense of dread, ... Phobias may be irrational, but people with phobias do not fail reality testing.

www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249347.php

Dec 2, 2016 ... People with a phobia have an overpowering need to steer clear of .... Being among people you do not know, from perhaps another tribe, was ...

www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/how-do-people-get-phobias

Oct 28, 2015 ... It's a response that causes people to avoid their object-of-fear like the plague. There are three ... It's likely that genetics have a hand in phobias.

io9.com/5881188/why-do-people-have-phobias

Feb 2, 2012 ... Because of their irrationality, it seems like phobias can't have an ... It's just strange that they provoke such massive fear in some people that they ...

www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2013/jun/28/phobias-rationale-irrational-fears

Jun 28, 2013 ... But when you do genuinely fear something for no rational reason, ... Social phobias are where you have an irrational fear of how people will ...

www.apa.org/monitor/julaug05/figuring.aspx

Studies like these have led researchers to believe that phobias and other anxiety ... processes in people, using brain-imaging technology such as PET and fMRI. ... For example, fMRI works more quickly than do PET scans, so researchers can ...

www.phobics-society.org.uk/causes-of-phobias

Throughout the last few decades, scientists, psychologists and doctors have researched and analyzed many people who suffer from different kinds of Phobia.