Why do we get phobias?

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Phobias, why we get phobic
There are lots of reasons why we get phobias. Many psychologists believe that at some point in our lives, usually in childhood, when we've had a traumatic experience we've focussed on something else that was happening at the time and that has become our phobia. So we've transfered our uncomfortable feelings on to an object or event. For example, if as a child you were playing in a paddling pool and your friends or parents had done or said something that hurt your feelings, then your phobia might become water.

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Sometimes the phobia is just our brain exaggerating the fear of something that can actually cause us harm, such as snakes or lightning. It's a defence mechanism that has gone too far.

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