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- n. Fear of dying
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A morbid fear of death.
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- n. a morbid fear of death
More of us are petrified of public speaking (glossophobia) than of death (thanatophobia).
Necrophobia and thanatophobia are allied maladies, one being the fear of dead bodies and the other the fear of death itself.
According to Chausovsky, thanatophobia is spread among residents of metropolises.
"Usually, fear is experienced when there is a threat to an individual's life, it is directed at the source of perceived or actual danger, while thanatophobia appears regardless of a threat to existence, and its essence is always linked to death."
"Everyone is afraid of death, but those suffering from thanatophobia are afraid of the unknown," Ponomaryov explains.
Claustrophobia - fear of enclosed spaces - was fifth, with fear of dying (thanatophobia) and fear of heights (acrophobia) also among the top 10.
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The Illness Attitude Scales (IAS) were developed by Robert Kellner as a clinimetric index for measuring hypochondriacal fears and beliefs (worry about illness, concerns about pain, health habits, hypochondriacal beliefs, thanatophobia, disease phobia, bodily preoccupations, treatment experience and effects of symptoms).
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