Blog #5: Research round 3

Blog post #5 is about truly finding the final answer on how one develops phobias. When I started researching about phobias and basic information on it, I did not think I would find so many answers. My third and fourth blog posts were finding answers to where fears come from and if they are genetic. In this post, I will be researching about if humans are born with phobias which will lead to me to my final answer on “How do we develop phobias”.

Panic Attacks - EpsychiatryAs I mentioned in my last few posts, some phobias are genetic because of how our brains react to situations. The thought of if we are born with phobias has crossed my head a couple times. Being born with a phobia is the same as developing one genetically (1). If someone in your bloodline does have a severe fear of something particular, you are at a 40% increased chance of developing it as well. If you do not develop the phobia itself, you are very likely to have anxious thoughts when you are faced with that type of a situation.

The two most common phobias humans face that we are in fact born with are the fear of falling and of loud noise (3). If you have never realized it, we tend to be scared of falling since before we can remember. Many also experience the same when it comes to loud music. We are scared of these things because usually, our brain does not know how to react to them which will lead our body to panic. These fears are more common than you think, affecting at least more than 50% of our population. So the next time you are at a concert or about to go bungee jumping, remember you are facing a fear most are born with! πŸ™‚

Finding answers to 3 of my mini questions has been a great help in further understanding my topic.

How we develop phobias:

  • Genetically
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Hearing negative information about something specific

When I chose this topic, I wanted to inform others on where our phobias come from and how we can help ourselves. When my phobias first started affecting me, I did not know how to help myself.

Symptoms: When faced with a particular situation (4)

  • unsteady feeling, dizzy, lightheaded or faint.
  • a pounding heart, increased heart rate.
  • chest pain
  • sweating
  • hot or cold flushes.
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Ways to help yourself: In the moment (2)

  • Slowly breathe
  • Look around your surroundings and distract yourself
  • Get help from someone near you or try calming yourself down
  • Tell yourself that you are stronger than your fear

Ways to help yourself: In general (2)

  • Do something to get over your phobia. As many different fears, phobias get worse if you neglect them. Take small steps till you are more comfortable with your phobia.
  • Do not escape situations where you might come across your fear. If you take the fight or flight method, choose fight where you don’t actually fight your fear but your mind instead. Tell yourself you are more than what you fear.

I hope anyone reading this benefit from this post and I hope I was able to make an impact in your journey on getting over your phobias. I know it can be hard when no one understands and no one is there for you because they think your fear is unreasonable. In those times all you can do is be there for yourself πŸ™‚


  1. James, E. (2020, May 22). Fears we are born with. Thrive Global. Retrieved December 9, 2021, from
  2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2016, October 19). Specific phobias. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved December 9, 2021, from
  3. Overcoming fear or phobia – 3 powerful rules of the mind. Marisa Peer. (2021, December 2). Retrieved December 9, 2021, from
  4. Symptoms of phobias. Mind. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2021, from

4 Replies to “Blog #5: Research round 3”

  1. Hi Annanya!!

    I really enjoyed reading all your posts and being a part of your blog post journey. Especially for this last post, I like how you summarized everything and organized the main points of every ideas such as the symptoms, the reasons how we get phobias and how we can cope with them. I think including your personal experiences as well makes this post phenomenal! I appreciate that you have found the answer and I learned a lot from your posts. πŸ™‚

    Good luck for your future projects!


  2. Hi Annanya,

    Your topic is very engaging because I realize that a lot of people have different fears, and I have always wondered how they can overcome it, and what I should do when I feel intimidated.

    I love how you pointed out the steps to calm a nerve-wracking situation, it makes the post more organized and easy to understand and read.

    Good luck in your future posts!

    Karen Zoulau

  3. Hi Annaya!

    This might the first time that I’ve come across any of your blog post on your inquiry question. I think that it is interesting to find out that my phobias are genetic. Although I don’t think I have phobias but more of how disgusting it looks for example, the phobia of a bunch of holes next to each other I can’t stand to look at them or would start to feel sick or spiders they’re disgusting to look at. I personally don’t know what it is like to have a phobia but I’m glad that you are taking the chance to share to everyone what it would feel like to have one and how help themselves on what to do in their own situation.


  4. Hey Annanya!
    I love how you found the answer to your question. This question really stuck with me ever since I read your first post. So, now that you have found the answer and have shared it with us makes me very happy and Im sure it makes you happy as well! Phobias have really effected many people (me included) so I think that it is so nice that you shared ways to help yourself. Thanks for sharing! I loved following along in your journey!

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