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Bananaphobia: woman terrified for 20 years

By T.K. Randall
July 1, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments

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23 year-old Paula Ross has been absolutely terrified of the yellow fruit for her whole life.
Her fear was so extreme that she couldn't even stand being in the same room as a banana, but now thanks to hypnotherapy she has succeeded in conquering her fear and is able to eat bananas without any difficulties.
When Paula Ross was a toddler she was forced to eat fruit like every other child - but it drove her bananas for more than 20 years. Now aged 23 and after years of enduring a phobia to bananas she has finally conquered a childhood fear that saw her nauseous at the sight of one.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by mattryan209 13 years ago
Oh goodness,I was extremely tempted to make a dirty joke,but thought better of it.Must control myself
Comment icon #3 Posted by Paranormalcy 13 years ago
No, the guy that is afraid of being shot with his own shotgun by a spider in his kitchen in the middle of the night is the strangest.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Classified Document 13 years ago
LOL! Wtf Paranormalcy!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paranormalcy 13 years ago
I didn't mean to hijack the thread, but here's a link to a Facebook post, as well as the original post I think. Hypnotherapy seems to continue to show signs of progress in some therapeutic and clinical functions at least, even if helping with recall is definitely not one of the things one should rely on vitally, unless there is just absolutely no other way. Still, being afraid of bananas. Inanimate objects I have really stretch my imagination on. Heights, clowns, spide... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 13 years ago
It's important to be aware of whether or not our fears are rational. "You're not crazy if you know it" kind of thing.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Device 13 years ago
I know what Freud would say about this
Comment icon #8 Posted by DigitalDreamer 13 years ago
Why did this get a thread?It should have been included in the strangest phobias thread.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Still Waters 13 years ago
Why did this get a thread?It should have been included in the strangest phobias thread. This got a thread because it was posted before the strangest phobias thread. Also this one (Bananaphobia) is a news article about a specific person and how she's come to deal with her phobia. The other one (13 Phobias You've Probably Never Heard Of) is not.
Comment icon #10 Posted by VietRulerZ 13 years ago
whats next ? applephobia? whats next ? applephobia?
Comment icon #11 Posted by stormkeeper 13 years ago
I've heard/seen this before, but in disability childern. It's like a torcher/phobia but inside their head. This could be their missing link! Disability! Not Phobia!

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