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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.

    NB:

    'Phobia' means 'irrational fear of."

    Oh&BTW:

    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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrophobia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertigo

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