The Difference Between Normal Fear and a Phobia
Both of these words are usually interchangeable, but it’s important to make a clear distinction between the two. The main difference is between them is in their levels of anxiety.
Fears serve a protective purpose, are normal, and even helpful in dangerous situations.
Phobias are actually defined as a type of anxiety disorder. Usually described as a perpetual fear of an object, or action, typically disproportional to the actual danger. Phobias are in effect irrational overblown fears that someone will go great lengths to avoid.
While fears are very common and usually, only a few people’s fears actually develop into full blown phobias.