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Fear factor: One person's pleasure is another's phobia

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Some days, people who suffer from chionophobia, the fear of snow, are better off staying home. (Photo by Salomon Ahren)

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Jerilyn Ross is the director and CEO of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. (Photo courtesy of ADAA)

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Never before have there been so many things to be afraid of, a situation that has kept researchers busy compiling catalogues to keep up with the new fears. They range from the tragic (philophobia, fear of love) to the bizarre (consecotaleophobia, fear of chopsticks). Basically, if you can name it, someone is phobic about it.