Scared stiff : everything you need to know about 50 famous phobias

by Latta, Sara L.,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Fear is a primal human emotion, and it often plays an important role in keeping us safe from threats. It's part of our evolutionary makeup, after all. But fears can also spiral out of control, and if your perfectly reasonable fear of snakes swells to the point that you run screaming from every uncoiled hose, then (news flash!) you've got yourself a phobia. Phobias are as strange as they are diverse, but they actually have the power to teach us about who we are and where we came from. Sara Latta blends biology, psychology, history, and pop culture to provide a comprehensive account of fifty fears, from arachnophobia to zoophobia.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Relying heavily on up-to-date research and contributions from clinical psychologists, Latta seeks to explain and demystify phobias and anxieties. Many of the 50 phobias included are familiar, such as arachnophobia and claustrophobia, but more obscure fears are also mentioned, such as pogonophobia (fear of beards), somniphobia (fear of sleep), and pediophobia (fear of dolls). Using a conversational tone and plenty of quotes from individuals with firsthand experience of specific fears, each phobia is explored in biological and historical context before possible triggers are detailed. Basic neurological causes for fear are explained in plain terms, and one broad chapter is devoted to social anxieties including agoraphobia. A heavy emphasis is placed on the potential for exposure therapy and cognitive behavior therapy to lessen or eliminate the effects of phobias. In each chapter, famous people who share individual fears are mentioned. Imparting the ideas that phobic people are in good company and that hope exists for eliminating persistent fears, this is factual, fun, and encouraging.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "From acrophobia to wiccaphobia, Latta presents an alphabetical tour of 50 fears that readers ought to find entertaining or horrifying, depending on their own personal sources of terror. "Normal, garden-variety fear becomes a phobia only when it is persistent, excessive, and unreasonable," explains Latta, before going on to examine phobias that range from the well-known (agoraphobia, claustrophobia) to the less familiar (she invokes Neil Gaiman's Coraline in a discussion of koumpounophobia, the fear of buttons). Quotations and references from pop culture (The Birds and Jaws are mentioned, naturally), examples of famous phobics (Humphrey Bogart: not a fan of leeches), and tactics for conquering phobias (both on one's own and with professional help) round out this fascinating study of fears big and small. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Phobias -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :Zest Books,2013
Language English
Description 224 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 206-215) and index.
ISBN 9781936976492 (pbk.)
1936976498 (pbk.)
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