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Fear: Healthy or Unhealthy?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.67

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    anxiety-producing, claustrophobia, iatrophobia, inter-connected, unnatural, closed-in, agoraphobia, happening, recondition, rollercoaster, unwise, suffering, unfounded, better, irrational, phobia
Fear: Healthy or Unhealthy?

By Beth Beutler
1     Most people are afraid of something. Some are more fearful than others, but very few people have no fears at all.
 
2     Some fears are a natural mechanism to protect us from danger. For example, we have a healthy fear of stepping out onto a road full of traffic or jumping off a rocky cliff. Our minds are designed to give us some natural instincts so that we don't do things that would harm ourselves.
 
3     Sometimes, though, people suffer from unnatural or unfounded fears. These are sometimes referred to as phobias. According to the dictionary, a phobia is a "persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it."

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