What are you afraid of? My phobia is pretty pedestrian— arachnophobia, or fear of spiders. But some people have truly weird phobias, such as aulophobia (fear of flutes)…arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth)…or even hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words)!

Whether a particular phobia is common or one of a kind, the phenomenon of phobic fears is widespread, affecting 14% of people at some point in their lives. So chances are that you or someone you know harbors some irrational or out-of-proportion fear.

A phobia is not just a quirky idiosyncrasy. The symptoms—pounding heart, shortness of breath, trembling limbs, an overwhelming urge to flee—can seriously interfere with the ability to live a normal, happy life. A phobic person may exist in a near-constant state of alarm, with his/her activities, career, relationships and health suffering as a result.

Good news: Our new Guide to Getting Over Fears and Phobias offers a plethora of proven, unique and surprising ways to banish your “monsters.” You’ll learn about an amino acid supplement and an eye-movement exercise that create a sense of well-being…a tapping technique that normalizes the irregular brain waves that can occur with PTSD and anxiety disorder…a way to dispel the “magical thinking” that can perpetuate a debilitating cycle of fear…and much, much more.

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