Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Selachophobia: The Fear of Sharks

Selachophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of sharks. Those who suffer from this phobia usually will not swim in the ocean and some will not swim in any kind of water, even swimming pools. This phobia can be so severe that looking at pictures or seeing sharks on TV can send their anxiety levels sky-rocketing.

The movie Jaws may have a lot to do with an increase in the number of people who suffer from Selachophobia. This is much like the possibility that the movie It may have contributed to more people developing Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.

I wouldn’t say that I have Selachophobia, but you won’t find me hanging out in the ocean anytime soon. For those of you who do have it, hang in there. You can overcome it.


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