Do Phobias Run In Families?

Do phobias run in families? Phobias can be passed on by your parents or grandparents chemical and genetic make up. Yes. Let me put it this way, it is more likely if parents or grandparents have had a phobia....

Yes. Let me put it this way, it is more likely if parents or grandparents have had a phobia. I think there are two reasons for that. The brain is biochemical. Certain brain chemistries lend themselves to creating phobias more readily than others, but that doesn't mean it causes phobia. It's just a factor like your general stress level. Even if you are the most relaxed person in the world, with the right conditions you could develop a phobia. It's more likely if you are under stress, and the same is true with brain chemistry. The other reason is that children learn fears from adults. If you were on the tundra with your mother 10,000 years ago and a saber toothed tiger came at you, you wouldn't know at three years old to be afraid. Tribal elders knew enough to be afraid, so it makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint. If you are in an elevator when your mother has a panic attack, you may learn to have a panic attack, too.

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