Looking for a type of phobia that results in fight rather than flight.
August 14, 2013 8:53 AM Subscribe
If you have, say a spider phobia, are you the "Run away!!" type of phobic or the "OMG SMASH SMASH SMASH HIT IT WITH A BOOK TURN OVER THE TABLE SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE... is it dead?" type? Is there a term or specific type of phobia for the second option?
posted by The otter lady to science & nature (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is actually for a story... I have a big tough muscular barbarian guy, who does the typical fantasy hero thing of wading through hordes of giant spiders, hacking through them with a berserk fury... but his secret shame is that his berserker rage stems from the fact that he is utterly terrified of spiders. (and snakes, and little scrabbly goblins, and so forth...)
Somehow, his type of phobia manifests more as wild hacking and flailing to kill kill kill the thing, rather than the more sensible option of running away, and he's become a barbarian hero because now people expect it of him, and rather than admit he's actually really scared, he's gone along with it.
What I want to know is, is this a specific type of phobia, or another affliction altogether? Is there a word for this type of phobia response? are there any more psychobabble terms I can throw in here?
"Lars" and I both thank you in advance. :)