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2012-12-12 12:23:28

When we´re faced with things that seem threatening, whether it´s a hairy spider or an angry mob, our goal is usually to get as far away as we can. Now, new research suggests that our visual perception may actually be biased in ways that help motivate us to get out of harm´s way. Our bodies help us respond to threats by engaging our fight-or-flight response and enabling us to act quickly: Our heart rate and blood pressure ramp up, and we produce more of the stress hormone...

When Anger And Anxiety Meet
2012-12-05 05:19:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Concordia University led study reveals that for millions of individuals around the globe suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), anger is more than just a powerful emotion. Anger is an agent that exacerbates their illness. Sonya Deschenes investigated the correlation between GAD and anger after conducting a literature review for her PhD research. She noticed that while some of the studies showed that anger and anxiety...

2012-12-03 05:02:00

ByeByePanicAttacks.com will be hosting free webinars with top experts to anyone interested in learning how to overcome panic attacks. These ground-breaking techniques are one-of-a-kind and shouldn't be missed. (PRWEB) December 02, 2012 While panic attacks can make the sufferer fear or sense the feelings of dying, inevitable doom, “going crazy,” or losing control of themselves, these feelings can be controlled and alleviated. ByeByePanicAttacks.com has just opened a rare...

Social Anxiety Or Shyness
2012-11-19 20:11:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A paper published in the Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics looks into where to draw the line between social anxiety and just being shy. Many experts have separate opinions over whether someone suffers from shyness and social anxiety disorder (SAD). The team decided to explore the mental disorder, as well as treatment options and its impact on daily life. "There are many differing opinions about social anxiety disorder and the...

Why Are Some People Afraid To Relax
2012-11-15 06:24:37

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Phobias are irrational fears. Whether it´s fear of flying, public speaking, snakes or the dark, these phobias are usually manifested after a traumatic experience that plants itself deep in the subconscious of the sufferer. A phobia can continue to hold sway over an individual even though that person can understand the irrationality of it. And if one avoids the source of their phobia it typically can increase the sense of worry...

Child Nighttime Fears Result of Fantasy-Reality Confusion
2012-11-14 10:29:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most children experience nighttime fears at some point in their development, whether it is monsters under the bed or boogeymen in the closet. Most children outgrow these fears without professional help, but some contend with them for extended periods of time. For these children, experts say, there is a risk of developing anxiety problems later in life. Professor Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University's School of Psychological Sciences is...

Emotional Communication Uses Sense Of Smell
2012-11-06 12:58:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While is it well known that many species transmit information via chemical signals, the extent to which these chemosignals play a role in human communication is unknown. Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands have investigated whether we humans might actually be able to communicate with each other about our emotional states through chemical signals. The findings of the study were recently published in the journal...

Math Can Really Hurt
2012-11-02 04:01:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some lucky people have a proclivity for number crunching and difficult equations, but for many of us the idea of performing complex calculations is more horrifying than a Friday the 13th movie marathon. And, like Jason Voorhees´ two-foot machete plunging into his victim´s abdomen – the personal anxiety surrounding an impending math exam can actually cause people to feel physical pain, according to new research from the...

Spatial Perception Influenced By Fear
2012-10-29 05:41:33

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When it comes to providing an objective account of the world around us, the human brain can be a notoriously inaccurate and biased reporter. Scholarly literature in the fields of psychology and neuroscience are full of studies that demonstrate how the brain 'fudges' the picture of reality with which it presents our conscious mind, often favoring a useful or convenient interpretation of our surroundings over a strictly accurate one....


Latest Fear Reference Libraries

Spectrophobia
2013-12-24 12:23:34

Spectrophobia is a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors. Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors. This phobia is distinct from Eisoptrophobia, which is the fear of your own reflection. In general, an individual suffering from this phobia has been traumatized in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatized by television shows, nightmares, or horror films. This fear could be the result of a trauma...

Ophidiophobia
2013-12-24 09:20:10

Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular form of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. Fear of snakes is occasionally referred to as a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles and/or amphibians. The word comes from the Greek ophis, which is in reference to snakes and phobia, meaning fear. Numerous symptoms are common among ophidiophobes including a feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when thinking about or are exposed to snakes, the feeling that you must do everything...

Acrophobia
2013-10-21 09:15:37

Acrophobia, derived from the Greek: ákron, meaning "peak, summit, edge”, is an intense, irrational fear of heights. This is a somewhat common fear; between 2 and 5 percent of the general population suffer from a fear of heights, and twice the number of sufferers are female. Like most phobias, Acrophobia is generally attributed to a traumatic incident involving heights; however, recent studies have questioned this theory, due to the prevalence of this phobia. Some studies have suggested...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
2013-07-25 15:07:54

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder with worry about normal, everyday situations such as finance, health and wellbeing in relationships (personal and work related) all lasting longer than six months. Symptoms The symptoms of GAD can include but are not limited to difficulty swallowing, rashes, shortness of breath, fidgeting, headaches, tension, nausea, etc. In order for GAD to be ruled as present, the symptoms and feelings must be experiences for at least six...

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Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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