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EtymologyEdit

From height +‎ fear.

NounEdit

height-fear (countable and uncountable, plural height-fears)

  1. The fear of being in a high location or position; fear of heights.
    • 1934, Science News, volume 25-26, page 235:
      The reason for this height-fear on the part of "Wingless" was not at first understood.
    • 1970, American Psychological Association, Proceedings - Part 2, page 533:
      The 5s were also told that learning would transfer to other height-fear situations although the transfer might not be immediate.
    • 2006, Karen Chamberlain, Desert of the Heart, page 122:
      Talking and joking had ceased, and I sympathized with the uncertainty, the night-fear and height-fear I felt around me.
    • 2012, Allan V. Horwitz, PhD, Jerome C. Wakefield, All We Have to Fear:
      For example, while we have seen that height fear is universal, its extent varies substantially among individuals.
    • 2013, Stekel, W, Conditions Of Nervous Anxiety And Their Treatment:
      From this point of view we shall more readily understand many cases of height-dizziness and height-fear.
    • 2013, Steven Hyman, Fear and Anxiety: The Science of Mental Health:
      Height fear emerges in infants shortly before they start crawling at six months (Scan: and Salapatek 1970) and rises with crawling experience (Berthenthal et al. 1983). As the two-year-old child explores further afield, animal fears emerge.
    • 2015, Irena Milosevic Ph.D., Randi E. McCabe Ph.D., Phobias: The Psychology of Irrational Fear:
      Results indicated that individuals high in height fear made greater estimations of the balcony's height, even when taking into account measures of cognitive bias.

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