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Why Some People Never Grow Out of a Fear of the Dark
Why let creepy clowns get all the attention? From now until Halloween, Science of Us is investigating the psychology behind some of the most common fears. Kids, generally speaking, have a lot of strange and very specific fears.

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Universal fear

Universal fear

Some fears are acquired based on specific life experiences. Other fears are more universal, like the fear of darkness. 

Darkness leaves us vulnerable and expos...

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Fear in adults

Our brains equate darkness with the frightening side of unlimited possibilityAs we become adults, we eventually become comfortable enough to move through the dark without a ligh...

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Poor sleepers

In some cases, fear may be powerful enough to cause chronic insomnia. However, a person may not be able to sleep because their mind starts to wander. 

They may think...

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It’s key to connecting with people to suspend your ego; to put your own needs, wants and opinions aside. Anxiety does the opposite bringing your feelings and expectations to the forefront.

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The Fear Of Water

Aquaphobia is a common fear, which varies in severity from person to person.

The main cause of aquaphobia is a bad experience, like a near-drowning incident in the past, while also being her...

Symptoms of Aquaphobia

..include shaking, freezing, or attempting to run. It can also result in panic attacks or anticipatory anxiety before an encounter with water. Being afraid of water can be life-limiting as we experience water in many forms.

Extreme levels of phobia can also lead to ablutophobia(The fear of bathing).

Treatment For Aquaphobia

CBT(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a popular psychological treatment for aquaphobia. It involves changing your behavioural patterns and stress response gradually. Other treatments include medications and even hypnosis.

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