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Do phobias have a large impact on society?
Transcript of Do phobias have a large impact on society?
A phobia is an intense fear of a specific thing like an object, animal, or situation.
Taijin kyofusho is a type of social phobia that affects the Japanese culture. Those affected by it are afraid to embarrass others by their presence.
So what is a phobia?
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Common phobia symptoms
The 3 phobias I focused on
Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights, especially when one is not particularly high up
Yes, phobias have a large and direct impact on society
inability to speak
fear of dying
tightness in stomach
Mysophobia is a pathological fear of contamination and germs
What do these phobias have in common?
These 3 phobias as well as the majority of other phobias all have an effect on the quality of life for the people coping with them. They place limitations that interfere with day to day living.
Approximately 19.2 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 8.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have some type of specific phobia
Approximately 15 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 6.8 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have social phobia.
Taijin kyofusho affects roughly 10-20% of the Japanese population
Phobias vs Fears
Many people have a fear of common phobias but do not have a phobia. The difference is that a phobia is a persistent fear that is excessive and irrational.
These phobias affect when people leave their houses, where they go, who they talk to, how they communicate, self confidence and more. All of these things have an affect on other people in society and especially on the people suffering with the phobias. The more people with the phobias, the greater the impact.
My hypothesis is correct. Phobias do impact society and will continue to impact society. Even the seemingly insignificant phobias have an impact.