phobias

Tonic

What It's Like to Have an Irrational Fear of Thunderstorms

"If the news said thunderstorms were in the forecast, I'd be too scared to go to school."
Emmy Ruijven
7.17.18
phobias

My Spider-Filled Airbnb Is the New ‘Hereditary’

I’m a grown-ass woman who leans into my own phobias and I don’t care who knows.
Sarah Berman
6.25.18
death

Most of Our Phobias Are Driven by the Fear of Death

Social psychologists call it the "terror management theory."
Rachel Menzies
Ross Menzies
Lisa Iverach
6.18.18
phobias

These Terrifying Reddit Phobia Pages Might Actually Help People

We asked experts about the psychology behind online communities devoted to scaring the shit out of each other.
Molly Kay
6.11.18
Broadly

What It's Like to Live with a Pathological Fear of Pregnancy

My intense phobia of pregnancy consumes my life, to the extent that I'm currently celibate—but I'm still terrified I might be carrying a child. Still, research on my condition is scant.
Gemima Rigby
5.4.18
phobias

These Claustrophobia Videos Are Nightmare Fuel

A subreddit devoted to claustrophobia does a great job of making you absolutely nauseous and disturbed.
Molly Kay
4.27.18
mind

Lucid Dreaming Could Help Scientists Understand Mental Illness

The strange, hybrid state of waking consciousness and sleep could tell us new things about our inner lives.
Adhip Rawal
4.27.18
phobias

We Asked People to Sum Up Their Most Irrational Fear in Six Words

"Unknowingly being 'muffin top epidemic' b-roll."
Anna Goldfarb
3.21.18
Fears

Scientists Are Testing a New Way to Treat Phobias

You could one day reduce your fears without even knowing you're being treated.
Shayla Love
3.15.18
mental health

What Life Is Like When You're Constantly Terrified of Death

Thanatophobia is the fear of the one thing in life that is inevitable... death.
Violet Rusu
2.5.18
phobias

Fear of Snakes and Spiders Might Be Hardwired Into Our Brains

They're two of the most prevalent phobias among adults.
Jesse Hicks
10.23.17
fear

People Admit Their Strangest Phobias

Claustrophobia is so last season.
Niloufar Haidari
8.7.17
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