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10 traumatic phobias inspired by nature

By: Sidney Stevens on May 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
wind blowing umbrellas (Ancraophobia)

Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

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Most of us love a summer breeze across our skin, the soft whoosh of wind in the treetops, and even the thrill of powerful storm gales — but not those with ancraophobia. For them, even a waft of air dredges up dread, perhaps reminding them of the wind’s potential to kill and destroy. Ancraophobes often hide at the first hint of a gust and may even avoid things that merely remind them of wind, such as kites or ocean waves.