Being more than just fears, phobias are often difficult to overcome. In many cases people require the assistance of a trained mental health professional, and sometimes it may take years of therapy to cure a common phobia.
Horror movie directors do everything to scare the audience. They seem to prey on the viewer’s innermost fears and desires. Nursery rhymes, urban legends and fairy tales have all been used to add spice to Hollywood box office horror hits. Same goes for phobias - both the rare and common ones.
The list of our fears is seemingly endless. But when intense fear becomes dreadful horror, accompanied by an irregular heartbeat and panic attacks - it might be symptoms of phobia. There are at least a hundred common phobias, including the fear of spiders, snakes, elevators, water, gossip and numbers. Learn how phobias are being diagnosed, categorized and treated. Discover what terrified Harry Potter and Count Dracula and what spooked the master of suspense - Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Listen to our special series “Phobias: What Makes Your Blood Run Cold.”
Hollywood loves horror movies, bringing millions of dollars annually to directors, writers and actors who create vampire sagas and TV series about werewolves. But it turns out that when it comes to their own personal fears, the masters of horror themselves are just the same as the rest of us: they suffer from the same common phobias.
Coulrophobia is not a common condition, it’s a rare phobia. But unlike many of those who just don’t like clowns, coulrophobic patients may feel “shaken and traumatized” at the sight of Pierrot.
There are dozens of things that can turn a person into a bundle of nerves. But there’s one creature that Western civilization fears the most. The origins of this phobia may go back to the Stone Age because the object of fear has been living around humans for thousands of years.
On the cover of the book, called “Give me a Texan”, a man with the naked torso of a bodybuilder is wearing a cowboy hat, standing in a hot desert.
In the corporate world, going to team building trips, throwing parties somewhere out-of-town and shooting funny videos are not unusual things. However, for government agencies doing the same means extra scrutiny, especially if they are having fun at the taxpayer's expense.
Given Edward Snowden's revelation of the NSA' advanced surveillance techniques, it’s hard to imagine that the US government is unable to keep track of anyone or anything… especially something as basic as its own money.
Find out how a group of young Minnesotans tried to use federal financial aid to fund their journey to join ISIS. Discover why US government agencies spend billions of dollars annually on crazy projects, like putting a mountain lion or a snail on a treadmill and watching monkeys gamble. See how a group of US researchers spent thousands of tax dollars to watch Chinese gamers play World of Warcraft, and to compete with them. Find out how the US government tax watchdog itself, the IRS, poured cash into filming remakes of Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island for a corporate party. Listen to our special series "Crazy Government Spending: Weirdest Projects Sponsored by US Taxpayers."
Video games have been a part of the entertainment industry for decades.
For years Medicare and Medicaid budget cuts were among the hottest topics in the US. But while some government agencies faced austerity measures, others went on spending sprees.
We have just over one week to go before the UK’s Leave or Stay Referendum on June, 23. The decision made by British citizens will have vast implications for the UK over the next generation, yet polls say that some 9% of the electorate are still undecided.
Should we stay or should we go? That's the question facing the British public on 23rd June as they prepare for what has been deemed a ‘golden opportunity' by Eurosceptics for Britain to exit the European Union. Enflaming passions on both sides, the debate heats up as John Harrison questions Britain's foremost speakers on the subject.
Professor John Curtice is a renowned UK poll expert who has commented on UK elections for decades. In this programme he explains what a poll actually is, before commenting on how we can analyse contemporary polls on the EU referendum.
The top entries on the list of this year’s game releases are extremely expensive, with budgets running way beyond those of an average Hollywood movie. In return, the developers of the games such as Uncharted 4, promise (and deliver) the highest level of realism players can imagine.
It’s been known to gamers for more than a decade and hasn’t stopped surprising the world with its growing popularity. Despite its controversial content the Grand Theft Auto series has become the most financially successful video game in history.
The economic argument in favour of Brexit seems to be in trouble, as the IMF, OECD, Barack Obama, and leaders of the British establishment disapprove of Britain leaving. So Brexit campaigners have returned to the migrant issue, where they know they can tap into a bedrock of emotional, semi-patriotic feelings.
In the beginning… there were mammoth, pre-historic computers, connected to each other with heavy cables, and engineers, tired of performing boring calculations, decided to write a simple game code. Years passed, PCs became faster and smaller, and users started connecting their machines together, forming online communities to chat and play games.
Besides its talented mathematicians and physicians, the former USSR has always been famous for producing computer engineers and programmers – people who wrote the software and helped develop the electronic components for modern PCs.
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