Does the thought of the deep blue sea bring you out in a cold sweat? And would you feel just as terrified about floating around in the ocean, knowing all the while that practically anything could be underneath? Well, if your answer to either of these prospects is “yes,” then you may well be suffering from a condition called thalassophobia.
During his inaugural speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told America, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Yet while there’s wisdom in Roosevelt’s words, virtually everyone is scared of something – whether that feeling of panic appears rational or not. And some phobias are pretty common: take arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, for instance.
In fact, according to mental health website Verywell Mind, arachnophobia ranks among the most widely experienced fears. It must be said, though, that the condition involves more than just a dislike of spiders. Typically, the sight of one of the creatures makes arachnophobes either freeze or run in terror – even if they’re shown just a still image.