From Fear of Nudity to Fear of Otters: 25 Very Unusual but Very Real Phobias

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Whether it is philemaphobia to latrophobia to fear of ideas (really!), nearly 9% of the population has some type of phobia. Here are 25 of the more uncommon -- but very real -- phobias, and the widely proven non-drug, non-medical system for breaking free of the debilitating effects of phobias and all forms of anxiety and fear.

Over 26 percent of U.S. adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Among these are phobias, which involve a marked and persistent fear and avoidance of a particular object or situation.

Nearly 9 percent of American adults (19.2 million) have some type of specific phobia, according to NIMH, most of which begin during childhood. While most people have heard of social phobia (anxiety during social situations) or arachnophobia (fear of spiders), it's possible to have a debilitating fear of just about anything.

Below are 10 of the more uncommon, yet quite real and diagnosable, phobias.

1. Melanophobia: Fear of the color black.

2. Androphobia: Fear of men.

3. Gymnophobia: Fear of nudity.

4. Anemophobia: Fear of the high winds, hurricanes or air drafts.

5. Hydrophobia: Fear of water.

6. Ideophobia: Fear of ideas.

7. Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting or throwing up.

8. Lygophobia: Fear of the dark or darkness.

9. Microphobia: Fear of things that are small.

10. Lutraphobia: Fear of otters.

For the additional list of fifteen (15) other very unusual but very real phobias -- including fear of vegetables and fear of the color yellow -- visit http://www.sedona.com/fear.aspx.

No matter what type of phobia or fears a person may have, The Sedona Method is a simple, completely safe and effective technique that has been widely proven to help. Unlike medications or cognitive behavioral therapy, which are often the go-to treatments for fears and phobias, The Sedona Method is a non-drug, non-medical system for breaking free of the debilitating effects of all forms of anxiety and fear.

The Method consists of a series of questions you ask yourself that lead your awareness to what you are feeling in the moment. From there, you will learn how to tap your natural ability to let go of uncomfortable or unwanted emotions on the spot.

This technique has already been used by hundreds of thousands of people with positive results, and has been scientifically validated by researchers at Harvard Medical School.

In the study, those taught The Sedona Method had superior improvements in heart rate and reductions in muscle tension and blood pressure compared to those taught a different stress-reduction technique or those in the control group. The Harvard researchers concluded that the Sedona Method is an outstanding technique "for its simplicity, efficiency, absence of questionable concepts and rapidity of observable results."

Right now everyone can get a free sampler of The Sedona Method Audio Course, a home study program, which teaches people how to quickly and easily transform unhealthy anger into the ultimate sense of peace and calm right in the comfort of their own homes.

Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, and co-author of the best-selling Happiness Is Free (five-book series) is the CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by his mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. He is also a featured speaker in the made-for-TV movie, "The Secret." For over a quarter century, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit http://www.sedona.com.

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