Global View - Phobias (C0302)

A:  Are you excited about your trip next month?
B:  Yes and no. I can’t wait to go to Europe, but at the same time I am terrified.
A:  Why?
B:  Well, I have aerophobia. I have a chronic fear of flying.
A:  Oh really? I have an uncle who is also terrified of flying. It’s not that bad though, I mean, it is pretty scary to be in this big machine flying through the air at seven hundred miles per hour. I actually have arachnophobia.
B:  You’re scared of spiders? I actually have two more phobias. Acrophobia and glossophobia.
A:  I guess that explains why you are afraid of flying, but public speaking is not that bad.
B:  Are you kidding? When I get on stage, my palms start to sweat, I get really nervous and I can hardly speak.
A:  Well, I must confess I am a bit claustrophobic. I hate being in an elevator for more than 5 seconds.
B:  We are such weirdos right?

Key Vocabulary

tripjourney to a place
terrifyto fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid
aerophobiaan abnormal fear of drafts of air, gases, or airborne matter
chronicconstant, habitual
phobiairrational fear of a specific object, activity
glossophobiathe fear of public speaking
Acrophobiaa pathological fear of heights
sweatto excrete (perspiration, moisture, etc.) through the pores of the skin
nervousbeing worried about what might happen
kiddingfool or joke
claustrophobiaan abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places.
confessTo admit or acknowledge something damaging
weirdoa strange person

Supplementary Vocabulary

Venustraphobiathe fear of beautiful women
panica sudden overwhelming fear
scarycausing fright or alarm.

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