We can inherit phobias and fears - do you think you have inherited something like that too? :D

DreamWolf DreamWolf
I remember when I heard it in school that for example if yer mom was bitten by a spider it stays in her subconsciousness so much that you can inherit the very same phobia/fear without any similar personal experiences! (And I do wonder if I inherited my giant fear of the sights of needle in skin from my mom for example, though I did have my "traumatic" experiences when my blood was taken for the first two times as a kid... Looking at it both times, and never anymore ever since!!! )

Do you think you have inherited something like that too?
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Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by DreamWolf
I remember when I heard it in school that for example if yer mom was bitten by a spider it stays in her subconsciousness so much that you can inherit the very same phobia/fear without any similar personal experiences! (And I do wonder if I inherited ... More
The scientific explanation for this is actually through visual guides our parents give us. A toddler is not going to be afraid of a spider, until the mom sees the spider and her phobia kicks in. She might yell or make noise to prevent the toddler from touching the spider before it is too late, and the toddler is frightened by the sound or mother's reaction, relating it to the spider.

That being said, it's not actually passed down hormonally, but psychologically. We tend to project our fears to our children.

As for me, none of my phobias were projected but I do have some really weird ones. I have a thing against ants. They terrify me. Even the little ones. Pictures of them online give me the chills (though I'm not afraid of just the pictures). That was from a bad experience with ants as a kid. I was basically covered in them once at a sleep over. Not fun :/ and I can almost assure you, if I have kids, I'll project that fear on to them. Bees, also, because I'm allergic.
05/06/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
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Originally posted by Peggi
The scientific explanation for this is actually through visual guides our parents give us. A toddler is not going to be afraid of a spider, until the mom sees the spider and her phobia kicks in. She might yell or make noise to prevent the toddler ... More
I was going to say something like this but not nearly as eloquent.


Behavioral characteristics aren't inherited, they are taught.
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