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Acrophobia (from the Greek: ἄκρον, ákron , meaning "peak, summit, edge" and φόβος, phóbos, "fear") is an extreme or irrational fear of heights. It belongs to a category of specific phobias, called space and motion discomfort that share both similar etiology and options for treatment.
Most people experience a degree of natural fear when exposed to heights, especially if there is little or no protection. Those who are confident in such situations may be said to have a head for heights.
"Vertigo" is often used (incorrectly) to describe a fear of heights, but it is more accurately a spinning sensation that occurs when one is not actually spinning. It can be triggered by looking down from a high place, or by looking straight up at a high place or tall object, but this alone does not describe vertigo. True vertigo can be triggered by almost any type of movement (e.g. standing up, sitting down, walking) or change in visual perspective (e.g. squatting down, walking up or down stairs, looking out of the window of a moving car or train). Vertigo is qualified as height vertigo when referring to dizziness triggered by heights
Originally posted by wigit
reply to post by yourboycal2
Very scary. I'm just scared that I will go for it. I'm scared I'll lose control of myself and try to fly. Isn't that weird? I think gravity has a hypnotic hold on everything, and for people like me it's a stronger hold, or I'm just weaker. Even looking at videos of heights I have to hold on to the chair.
Originally posted by CaptChaos
Wanna see some nerves of steel? Check this out:
NO, you'd better not watch it, it's way more acrophobic than just climbing an antenna.