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You don’t know whether to run away or scream in fear.

Or maybe both. When you see everything that scares you so much that you’re just a puddle of chaos, well, it’s no longer about fighting or flying – it’s just a simple flight. Funny, usually big and brave, fearless to the end, so read The Book of Phobias and Obsessions by Kate Summerskill. Look at the other scary things out there.

Over 235 years ago, one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Rush, began a fad for naming the things that colonized humans feared and focused on. Subsequently, Rush officially named 18 phobias, including fears of ghosts and rats; and 26 obsession.

Over the years, Summerscal says, other fears and focus have been added to the Rush List, but the fact remains that obsessions and phobias are often cultural constructs that indicate how we view ourselves, what attracts us and what repels us.

Even in times when “aphobia” isn’t really a phobia, these are serious things: Roughly 10% of women and 5% of men have a phobia, and one in eight of them will receive help. If you don’t have a phobia, fear not: Research shows that you can get one through conditioning, or by exposure to someone who has a severe phobia on their own.

Summerskill says mania is a little trickier because medicine today categorizes things like hoarding, OCD, addiction, and so on. However, she does list some of them: The Count on Sesame Street was an athletic obsession. It is said that tulip obsession – an obsessive love for tulips – once made people very wealthy. Colsomania may make you scream.

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Author Kate Summerskill takes a look at what we love and fear in Phobias and Obsessions: A History of Obsession.

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People with germphobia have mysophobia, but probably not germophobia, which can be a problem during an epidemic. John Wayne Gacy – or perhaps Stephen King with his “It” – may have fostered a number of colorophobs. George Orwell’s mysophobia caused a small (but violent) fight, and Alfred Hitchcock admitted a rather unique fear. It should be noted that homophobia is not a true phobia. And you won’t believe how scientists in the 1930s cruelly caused a child to have shrews, or the fear of touching the skin of an animal’s fur.

Don’t reach behind that locker without looking first. Don’t go to the attic at night. Don’t touch it. And whatever you do, don’t miss “The Book of Phobias and Obsession”.

Sometimes there’s a fine line between humor and horror, and writer Kate Summerscale comes to work with an originality and a delightful delivery that will leave you wanting more. Here, you’ll learn about all those things that make you squirm, bounce, or wrinkle your nose in disgust, why they make you jump, and how you can be braver. You will get clues to solve the puzzle of your latest mania. You’ll see that you’re not alone, you might have a date partner with skin-crawl terror. And you’ll feel better about the things that make you want to run.

“The Phobias and Obsessive Book” is a serious book, very interesting, and good for anyone from 15 years old to an adult. look for it. It will make you scream with pleasure.

Phobias and Obsession: A History of Obsession by Kate Summerskill of Penguin is available from online booksellers.

Terje Schlechenmeier has been reading since she was three, and she doesn’t go anywhere without a book. She lives in the prairie of Wisconsin with one man, two dogs, and 16,000 books. search for it in

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