What's a phobia?
Phobia: a persistent, extreme or irrational fear of a specific object or situation.
It's not clear just how a phobia is formed. Many people have a distinct memory of the event that started their fear, though.Psychologists divide phobias into 3 general categories:
It's one thing to really dislike something; it's another to experience a true phobic reaction. Phobic reactions can include
Finally, phobia means complete avoidance of what you fear.
Regardless of what you call it
It doesn't matter one iota, really, how you label your fear of water.
I care that you make peace with your fear, get to your lessons already,
and start to swim.
I'll be the first to admit a "healthy respect" for water,
since water IS a dangerous element under certain conditions.
But respect means you can definitely swim for fun and with safety,
without avoidance, which doesn't work anyhow.
You just get more fearful that way. Argh!
So, how to face your fear? Have a look...