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Updated: 01/07/2018 08:30:00AM

Face fears for a productive life

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The first step in beating a phobia is acknowledging its existence. Live Science says going to the dentist, dogs, flying, spiders/bugs, the dark and heights are some of the more common phobias. Individuals also can benefit by recognizing that others share their fears.

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Persistent or irrational fears are known as phobias. Some people may fear specific animals, while others may be fearful of particular situations, such as social events.

The intensity with which some people experience fear can be mild, while others may be debilitated by their fears. Psych Central states that traumatic events often trigger the development of specific phobias, and women are slightly more likely to experience these types of fears than men.

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