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 🙂
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