ANIMAL PHOBIA

a persistent and irrational fear of a particular species or type of animal - most often snakes, rats, or other rodents. Encounters with the feared stimuli usually invoke a physiological response similar to fear and encounters are usually avoided where possible. Many animal fears begin in childhood and may be modeled by parents. The DSM-IV designation for this type of fear is specific phobia, animal type.

ANIMAL PHOBIA: "An animal phobia is the fear of a specific type of animal, leading to avoidance of encountering the animal, and distress when the animal cannot be avoided. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANIMAL PHOBIA," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-phobia/ (accessed October 15, 2019).
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