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I would first like to clearly define what is a phobia. To be controversial it is a relative of addiction. You see an addiction is when you can’t stop a particular behaviour. Now usually we associate addiction to negative behaviour ... that is behaviour detrimental to health. (Alcohol, drugs, sex, food chocolate, even love.) But as everyone knows, we can also be addicted to irrational things like TV programs, doing things in a set way, colours, songs, people, places. When such behaviour is caused not by a substance, or a deliberate action, but by a thought or belief, and this thought or belief causes significant anxiety, we tend to call it a phobia. I am suggesting that the effects of not been able to stop a particular behaviour, whether it is through substances, and behaviour created by our belief system, both, cause a chemical reaction in our bodies that heightens and controls our belief system. Therefore I am proposing that addiction and phobias are strongly related.


Addiction has two elements: Substance Addiction and Psychological Addiction.

Substance addiction is where something external is consumed internally. Psychological addiction is where an internal belief is manifested externally.


A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, highway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. Most phobias develop in childhood, but they can also develop in adults.


If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is unreasonable, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.The experience is so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it — inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle. If you have claustrophobia, for example, you might turn down a lucrative job offer if you have to ride the elevator to get to the office. If you have a fear of heights, you might drive an extra twenty miles in order to avoid a tall bridge.