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The Science of Phobias

There are two parts to your mind – one that thinks, and one that feels. The thinking part is the conscious, rational mind that you are using now as you read this. The feeling part is the unconscious, emotional mind. It takes care of automatic tasks like regulating the heart, controlling pain and managing our .. read more

Fear or Phobia?

Phobias are not the same as normal fear responses. It is normal, for example, to experience some fear when on a precipice or in the presence of a snake. But not to be terrified at the thought of a high place or snake. It is the overwhelming terror that distinguishes a phobia. If you have .. read more

On August 28th, 2017, posted in: Phobias by , , ,

Making sense of driving phobia

The most frustrating thing about a driving phobia – indeed about any phobia – is that it doesn’t seem to make sense. Part of you knows that you are probably a good, competent driver and that nothing else has changed. You have the driving experience and the skills. The roads and traffic are still the .. read more

Life in the slow lane?

With driving phobias, not only does the driving itself become physically and emotionally exhausting, but huge amounts of time and mental energy are used in planning and then driving alternative routes or else using public transport. This is life in the slow lane. The avoidance and manipulation takes effort too. All this starts to put .. read more

How people manage driving fear

Most people with a fear of driving will try and hide their distress because they think there’s something wrong with them or they’re going mad or becoming a nervous wreck. Very rarely will they tell anyone beyond their partner or immediate family. Even then, they are unlikely to disclose the full extent of their fear. So .. read more

What driving fear sticks to

Driving phobias start for very similar reasons (usually raised background stress levels leading to panic) but because the initial set-up event will happen in different situations for different people, driving phobia becomes linked to different things for different people. So driving phobias can attach to: Driving on wide open roads like multi-lane highways (most common) Major or .. read more

On November 7th, 2010, posted in: Phobias by , , , , , , ,

Drive-o-phobia?

The clinical name for driving phobia is not Drive-o-phobia. In fact there is no recognized clinical name for a phobia of driving. Which is quite an omission for such a common phobia. Some therapists refer to the fear of driving as Hodophobia but that is far too general as it is defined as a fear of travelling (from the Greek .. read more

Motorway phobia affects millions

Research by The Automobile Association shows that millions of drivers steer clear of motorways because of their fear of driving on them: M-way ‘phobia’ drives motorists onto alternative routes