Anonymous asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 month ago

when did the word phob phobia and phobic begin to be used for things other then phobias?

phobias are real powerful and not a choice and the usage of the word as a slur seems to hurt those who genuinly have phobias,

like {zee no phobia} which is an irrational fear of foreign people land and things,

i am wondering when the usage as a slur became popular enough to make haveing an actual phobia a problem as it would get equated to simply hateing some one

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  • 1 month ago

    That is exactly right. The Greek root-word phob means fear - not disgust or distaste or antipathy. Look up the Greek words for hate or disgust - those should be the words for phob the way people use it today.

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  • 1 month ago

    It is all because of the media.

    A slur seems to help business.

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  • 1 month ago

    The label 'phobia' began being used when newspaper reporters could not think of any other label that would grab headlines.


    'Phobia' means 'irrational fear of."


    Another example of this ill-educated use of words is that of 'Vertigo'. It does not mean the irrational fear of heights at all. the irrational fear of heights = Acrophobia

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