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Bill Roper's Journal
17th-Jan-2008 11:57 pm
Or is it a phobia if your fear is perfectly well justified? I've developed a real ha, ha, ha, don't do that problem with stepping on ice.

Of course, my last misstep on the ice last January was a doozy!
18th-Jan-2008 07:16 am (UTC)
It all depends. I have a terrible confidence level on ice because I have no balance; my feet came out of the womb messed up and while they're functional, running is a serious bitch and always has been, and I can't dance, etc. NO balance.

18th-Jan-2008 07:28 am (UTC)
A phobia is an irrational fear. This one sounds pretty rational to me.
18th-Jan-2008 07:40 am (UTC)
I think it's technically an aversion. And completely rational. :)
18th-Jan-2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Possibly reaching into the PTSD range.
18th-Jan-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
OED says:

A fear, horror, strong dislike, or aversion; esp. an extreme or irrational fear or dread aroused by a particular object or circumstance.

So, actually, a phobia doesn't *have* to be irrational. I believe, therefore, it is a phobia. A justified phobia.
18th-Jan-2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's not paranoia when they're genuinely out to get you.
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