A phobia is an intense, irrational, fear of something, someone or some situation. It is described as irrational since what is feared – thunder storms, birds, heights, flying in commercial jets, confined spaces and, in Europe at any rate, spiders – cannot normally cause any physical harm.
No matter how irrational they may be to non-sufferers, the fear experienced is all too real and handicapping. To discover whether or not you may have a phobia, just complete the questionnaire below. For each item note the number that describes how anxious it makes you feel using the scale:
Not at all (0) Somewhat (1) Fair amount (2) Greatly (3) Very Greatly (4)