What is Thalassophobia?

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Are you afraid of being in or around large bodies of dark water? Perhaps this fear prevents you from going to too far out while in an expansive lake or makes your heart drop into your stomach when thinking about all that exists beneath the water’s surface. Because water is an important part of enjoying a lot of new experiences — whether a cruise, a trip to the beach, or a visit to a tropical island — this anxiety can have a negative impact on your quality of life.

If this fear rings true, you may be suffering from a common phobia called thalassophobia. Although the name is long and complicated, the description is pretty simple – it is the persistent fear of vast, deep and often dark bodies of water. In particular, it is a person’s fear of the great unknown right below their feet. To better understand the phobia and help manage its symptoms, it is important to gain a solid understanding of its causes and treatment. Continue reading What is Thalassophobia?

Why Do Some People Enjoy Being Scared?

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There are two kinds of fear: the kind no sane person would pay for and the kind millions of people line up for.

The former comes from actual threats. Imagine someone attacked you on the street or a car almost ran you over. You would experience a rush of adrenaline from the fight or flight response, a sort of high. This feeling is pleasurable for some people, but no one can savor it when they believe their life is in danger. Continue reading Why Do Some People Enjoy Being Scared?