Animal panic

Have you ever felt the kind of fear that sends shockwaves through your entire body? You might tremble uncontrollably and even feel ill. How about a kind of fear that prevents you from living a normal, healthy lifestyle?

Sunday, 5 February, 2012, 12:00am

Fear of animals is common and can be treated, psychologist says

Chloe Tse never forgot when she was five years old and got chased by a dog. Living in Sha Tin at the time, the 24-year old says there were always dogs running around. 'My natural reaction was to run, but looking back now, I think it was probably just trying to be friendly by chasing me,' Tse says. 'I just didn't want the dog to touch me. I find them dirty.'

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Don't worry, be happy

When humans were concerned about tackling wild beasts just to get through the day, they didn't have to think about living 'ideal' lives. However, experts say that in the modern world our brains are overloaded with anxieties that we can't always cope with, and our internal mechanisms are struggling to catch up with a constant flow of visual and aural information.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Be afraid, be very afraid

What makes you afraid? Does your heart beat faster and do your hands get sweaty when you're alone in the dark? We all get scared sometimes and there's very little we can do about it. Some people even enjoy being a little scared and pay money to watch horror movies or go on roller-coaster rides. Let's face a few fears ...

Favourite phobias

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Facing an inconvenient tooth

Local dentist Benjamin Lee says that many people in Hong Kong care for their teeth well enough, but are nonetheless scared to visit the dentist.

Lee has seen patients who suffer from so-called dental phobia, which can cause serious dental and other health problems.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Beat fear of flying - plane and simple

Sebastian Lim has suffered from a fear of flying for more than a decade. As his job was about to demand regular business travel, he thought he would give hypnosis a shot.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Fright club

AN INSECT, A BALLOON, cheese or a piece of string may be innocuous to most, but to some, they're sweat-inducing. All are the triggers of a phobia, a common condition that can have palpable effects.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

When the wiring goes awry

Psychologist Carolyn Neunuebel explains why panic attacks occur

A panic attack means the sympathetic nervous system has been activated for the fight or flight mechanism. This was useful when humans were under attack - from a wild beast, for example. It responds dramatically to the concept of danger.

21 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Fear factors

WITH ITS TALL buildings, thronging crowds and scuttling cockroaches, Hong Kong is probably one of the easiest places on Earth to develop a phobia.

21 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


The Hong Kong Mood Disorders Centre offers two phobia-related services. If you need to be seen immediately, staff can refer you to a private doctor trained to deal with anxiety disorders. If you're prepared to go on a waiting list, the centre has its own clinical psychologists, who can arrange private weekly therapy sessions for a fee.

21 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

10 common phobias....

10 common phobias....

1. Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders.

2. Claustrophobia: Fear of confined spaces.

3. Aviophobia or aerophobia: Fear of flying.

4. Acrophobia: Fear of heights.

5. Musophobia: Fear of rats and mice.

6. Nosophobia: Fear of becoming ill.

7. Dentophobia: Fear of dentists.

21 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Have no fear

THE WORD fear plagues the headlines. Saddam Hussein ran a 'republic of fear', Arabs are voicing 'fear' of the 'next US invasion', and whites in Zimbabwe 'fear' a vengeful President Robert Mugabe.

But now the writing could be on the wall for the emotion itself, thanks to a recent scientific breakthrough with potentially wide-reaching repercussions.

15 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Sit down and relax

Information from government sources tells the Hong Kong public to pay attention to personal hygiene and prevent the spread of Sars.

Listen to the advice, of course, but why make things worse by panicking too?

11 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Good Friday falls on the thirteenth

Today is Good Friday. It is also Friday the 13th. It is the first time since 1990 that the two days have coincid ed, and this usually happens only four or five times a century.

The next time Good Friday falls on Friday the 13th will be April 13, 2063, followed by April 13, 2074, April 13, 2085 and April 13, 2096.

13 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

What keeps the planets from falling in space?

Enormous objects such as planets and stars create a lot of gravity because they have a lot of matter occupying a relatively small space. The sun creates a lot of gravity and can therefore keep us in orbit. The same thing applies to Earth and its moon.

8 Nov 2000 - 12:00am