Category Archives: phobias

Spiders, Snakes, and Sharks, Oh My!

What is the one thing you hate? The one thing that draws an immediate race of shivers down your spine? The one thing that has you running screaming from the room and drives you high up to a chair or the kitchen counter when you see it? For me, definitely deep water and being up close with a giant crazy fish way bigger than me. I’d never go deep sea diving. Too scared that I might not be able to breathe and hyperventilate. I know I’m missing out on a huge thrill, rush, experience of something great, but I don’t know if I can ever overcome that sort of anxiety.

In any case, I’m thinking about the power of phobias today. Where do they come from? How do they get implanted into our giant human brains?

This question comes up from a song one of my favorite bands sings: Fear, by OneRepublic.

The lyrics go something like this…

When we were children we’d play
Out in the streets just dipped in fate
When we were children we’d say
We don’t know the meaning of

 Fear, Fear, Fear

 …wish I didn’t know the meaning of…

Do we get our phobias as children? Or are we born with some physiological predisposition? I’ll be researching these questions this week and I’m curious what you think. And if you have any answers I’d love to hear them…

Peace, Love and Pleasant Thoughts,

 ~Erika