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Distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat

  • Fear is a universal emotion and all persons, consciously or unconsciously, have fear in some sort.
  • Phobia is the Greek term for "fear" or "morbid fear".
  • Fear can channel one’s energies away from areas of perceived threats and into directions that seem safe.
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt never travelled on a 13th and refused to have a meal with 13 people at the table. Apparently the president had Triskaidekaphobia - fear of number 13!
  • Great conqueror Napolean Bonaparte suffered from both Triskaidekaphobia (fear of number 13) and Ailurophobia (fear of cats).
  • Priyanka Chopra and Dev Patel are 'arachnophobic', which means they are scared of spiders!
  • For Kangna and Carmen Electra, it's 'hydrophobia'; the fear of water.
  • Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is scared of mirrors! The phobia is called 'eisoptrophobia'.
  • Jennifer Aniston suffers from aerophobia/aviatophobia, which means she is scared of flying.
  • David Beckham suffers from ataxophobia - a fear of disorder.
  • Tom Cruise suffers from phalacrophobia - the fear of going bald.
  • The daring Kill Bill girl Uma Thurman is claustrophobic and has the fear of confined spaces.
  • Actor Robert Pattinson has Equinophobia - the fear of horses.
  • Madonna suffers from brontophobia, the fear of thunder.
  • The fearless Captain Jack Sparrow is afraid of clowns! The phobia is called 'coulrophobia'.
  • Nicole Kidman has Lepidopterphobia - the fear of butterflies.
  • Keanu Reeves has scotophobia - the fear of darkness.
  • Woody Allen has the sum of all fears. He is scared of cancer, insects, sunshine, dogs, deer, bright colors, children, heights, small rooms, crowds etc.
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