children vs Phobias

The majority of people have a phobia, but alot of these phobias have developed in adult life.  for example I am petrified of snakes, as a child i wasn’t to bothered about them. As an adult i cant even pick up a toy one. So where do phobias come from.

It is suggested that if you have a phobia as a  young child then you will develop to a  normal adult without a phobia. suggesting that phobias as a child are not carried through to adulthood  As adults we have very specific phobias and they can last for many years and can turn into very emotional and traumatic events of faced with the phobia.  However children can go through phases where such fears and phobias start and stop for no reason.  For example a child could be afraid of the dentist, a few days pass and they forget about the dentist and they forget about the phobia.

However some children really do develop more serious phobias.  Children cannot isolate their phobia in their emotions so therefore there phobia can become bigger that the real thing they are scared of.  For example a child refuses to go to school, they have a real fear and develop a phobia of school, everything about it is scary.  When the phobia is looked into and broken down it turns out that it is one bully in school that they are scared of not the whole thing.   Children’s phobia if treated right can be quickly turned around and disappear.

So how much of children phobias are passed on from their parents?

I is suggested that some phobias are passed on to children spiders and snakes but if the child has seen people they trust reacting nicely to spiders and snakes then they are more likely to get over their fear and not follow their parents phobias.  where as if they are seeing just their parents over reacting to spiders or snakes then they are going to think that is normal behavior when faced with the same situation.  So can we class these as phobias or normal behavior to reactions?

Here is a video pf Mr Bean with his phobia  🙂



Anon (2012) Anxietycare. Children’s fear and phobias. Retrived from (February 2012)

Anon (Novemeber 2008) Parenting and child health. Fears and phobias – older children and teenagers. Retrieved from (February 2012)

Anon (February 2008) ABCnews. Extreme Child Phobias: More Than Fear, Sometimes Dangerous, Even Deadly. Retrived from (February 2012)








Crowd Behaviour


Many people know or think they know how they would behave in a difficult circumstance or situation. But would you really know how you would behave in a crowd?


A good example of this is the riots that took place in the summer of 2011. Would the individuals have behaved in the same way if they were only in a group of people or about 10 people rather than hundreds? Peer pressure is seen at the main motivation with crowd psychology we seem to act like sheep our ‘normal’ behavior doesn’t come into play we just follow what the majority of the crowd are doing.


If you were on a train and you had two more stops till you got off. But everyone got off at the first stop…would you stay on the train of would you get off the train and follow the crowd? It is said that people do keep thinking for themselves and not over reacting, but the crowds do still influences their behavior. By people causing this mass of social change leaves different results. Some devastating like the 2010 riots others like the 9/11 attacks in America where people used their own initiative to save lives and to step out from the shadows of others and help people.


An advantage of going with the crowd is that it gives you added power in the situation that you are in. It makes you into somebody who you were not before and in some cases it can give the bonuses.  A huge disadvantage is that you cannot predict the direction the crowd will go in or the motives of the crowd that you are following. If the crowd leaving the train at the stop earlier were wrong then you to would be better to have followed your own initiative.


Sigmund Freud had a theory on crowd behavior. He suggested that, ‘when a person is in a crowd the act differently to when a person would be thinking individually. The thoughts of the crowd would start to blend and form a new way of thinking and this there for would lead the crowd. Each member’s enthusiasm would be increased as a result, and one becomes less aware of the true nature of one’s actions.’


So what will you do next time the crowd goes one way. Will you follow of will you be the individual thinker?


Dr, Drury, J.(2010)  Doctoral school blog. Crowd behaviour.retrived from (Feb 2012)

Anon. (2011) British Red Cross. Unrest in the city. Retrived from  (Feb 2012)