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Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobiasby Sara Latta
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Fear is a primal human emotion, and it often does play an important role in keeping us safe from threats. Its part of our evolutionary makeup, after all. But fears can also spiral out of control, and if your perfectly reasonable fear of snakes has metastasized to the point that you run screaming from every uncoiled hose, then (news flash!) youve got yourself a phobia. Human phobias are strange, diverse, and actually have the power to teach us a lot about who we are and where we came from. And in this book, author Sarah Latta blends biology, psychology, history, and pop culture to provide a comprehensive account of 50 essential fears, from arachnophobia to zoophobia. Additionally, the book includes:
- An explanation of the history behind each phobia, and a discussion of notable people who have suffered from the fear
- Sidebars that highlight famous phobic moments from history and pop culture
- Updates on how successful various phobia treatments have been
Phobias are no laughing matter if youve got one, but sometimes the first step to overcoming your fear is understanding that sometimes were afraid of a lot of really weird things. So whether youre looking for perspective, information, or just want to know what Madonna and David Beckham are afraid of, this is the book for you. (Bibliophobes, however, should probably keep their distance.)
"From acrophobia to wiccaphobia, Latta presents an alphabetical tour of 50 fears that readers ought to find entertaining or horrifying, depending on their own personal sources of terror. 'Normal, garden-variety fear becomes a phobia only when it is persistent, excessive, and unreasonable,' explains Latta, before going on to examine phobias that range from the well-known (agoraphobia, claustrophobia) to the less familiar (she invokes Neil Gaiman's Coraline in a discussion of koumpounophobia, the fear of buttons). Quotations and references from pop culture (The Birds and Jaws are mentioned, naturally), examples of famous phobics (Humphrey Bogart: not a fan of leeches), and tactics for conquering phobias (both on one's own and with professional help) round out this fascinating study of fears big and small. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Fear is a primal human emotion, and it often plays an important role in keeping us safe from threats. Its part of our evolutionary makeup, after all. But fears can also spiral out of control, and if your perfectly reasonable fear of snakes swells to the point that you run screaming from every uncoiled hose, then (news flash!) youve got yourself a phobia. Phobias are as strange as they are diverse, but they actually have the power to teach us about who we are and where we came from. Sara Latta blends biology, psychology, history, and pop culture to provide a comprehensive account of fifty fears, from arachnophobia to zoophobia.
About the Author
Sara Latta is the author of eight books for children and young adults, including the recently released STELLA BRITE AND THE DARK MATTER MYSTERY (Charlesbridge Publishing) and the I LIKE THE SEASONS! series (Enslow Publishers). Sara recently earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her next book, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE SLIMY: THE SECRET LIFE OF MICROBES (Enslow Publishers) is due out in September 2006.
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