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10 traumatic phobias inspired by nature

By: Sidney Stevens on May 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
animal pelts (doraphobia)

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Undue fear of fur often begins with disgust that animals must be skinned to supply humans with luxury coats and decorative trim. But that’s not the only way doraphobia arises. Many pelt loathers simply despise the look, texture and smell of fur, while others develop the condition after being attacked by an animal. For sufferers, even petting a dog or viewing a photo of grandma in her mink stole can result in all-out panic.