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10 traumatic phobias inspired by nature

May 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
lake (limnophobia)

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Limnophobia

Think of lakes and most of us envision swimming, picnicking and sailing. But for an unfortunate few, the thought of sticking even a toe in the water or sitting lakeside brings on the shudders. Limnophobia isn’t necessarily an aversion to the surface waters, but more an all-consuming fear of what might lie beneath. Thus the term is also used to describe a fear of other murky bodies of water, like marshes, swamps and ponds.