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10 traumatic phobias inspired by nature

May 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
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Mother Nature's scary side

Green living usually goes hand in hand with a love of nature; it’s about protecting and enjoying all the planet has to offer. But not everyone fancies communing with trees, taking in mountain vistas, or sitting face-to-face with gorillas in their natural habitat. For some, the mere thought of such activities sends them into a panic. Their hearts race, their hands tremble, and they’ll do just about anything to steer clear.

The following environmental phobias may sound amusing on the surface, but for those who suffer from them, they are a living nightmare. Not to worry, though: Most phobias (irrational, overwhelming fears that may be genetic, learned or caused by traumatic experiences) can be overcome with therapy and relaxation techniques — meaning you can get back to loving the planet again, up close and personal. (Text: Sidney Stevens)