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Opposite of phobia

 
 
Equus
 
Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2002 04:09 pm
If a phobia is an unnatural fear of something...is there a term for an unnatural LACK of fear of something? Someone who is irrationally unafraid of something that would frighten a normal person?
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Bibliophile the BibleGuru
 
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Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2002 04:28 pm
In Ireland it's called a HUSBAND Laughing
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Bibliophile the BibleGuru
 
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Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2002 04:30 pm
On a more serious note: FEARLESS
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2002 05:46 pm
on a less serious note [love]
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steissd
 
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Reply Wed 11 Dec, 2002 01:05 pm
Lack of fear? Well, I am not afraid to die: I know that this is inevitable, and I am not so much concerned of when this will happen (by all means, I would prefer to die before having developed Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia). I would not mind even if it happens this night when I am asleep. I may be scared of the very process of dying [/i](for example, of chronic disabling disease (cancer, AIDS, myasthenia gravis, tetanus, rabies, hepatic cirrhosis, etc. -- these diseases cause enormous sufferings), or of being lynched, or of burning alive being trapped in the burning building), but not of the result.
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fishin
 
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Reply Wed 11 Dec, 2002 01:10 pm
I'd guess something like "penchant" or "compulsion". Where is Aa with her OED when ya need her?
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Tommy
 
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Reply Wed 11 Dec, 2002 04:02 pm
philia
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Thinkzinc
 
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Reply Tue 17 Dec, 2002 06:05 pm
I suppose we call it 'fool hardiness', but it can be a genuine problem! I believe it is an inability to reason possible consequences properly.
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maxsdadeo
 
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Reply Tue 17 Dec, 2002 06:18 pm
I would put fetish as the opposite of phobia.
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New Haven
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jan, 2003 09:20 am
A person who isn't afraid of putting his hand in a flame would be called
"foolish" or "uninformed".
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patiodog
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jan, 2003 10:26 am
A phobia is a strong and unreasonable fear. The fear of being burned when you stick your hand in a flame is quite reasonable!

I've seen both philia and mania used, though I doubt either is the accepted clinical term today.
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