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Kristen Stewart

  • Phobia: fear of horses – also known as ‘Equinophobia’ or ‘Hippophobia’

If you’ve watched the Twilight Saga film series, as well as Snow White and the Huntsman, you definitely know who Kristen Stewart is. This famous American actress and filmmaker is the highest paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2012. What many people don’t know about her is that she actually suffers from equinophobia or hippophobia which is actually the irrational fear of horses.

The actress publicly stated that she “hates them” and her phobia occurred when she was only nine years old. She developed this phobia after falling from a horse and breaking her elbow. As I said before, people who experience a traumatic event are more likely to develop a phobia, especially if that event involved interacting with an animal.

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La Toya Jackson

  • Phobia: fear of cats – also known as ‘Ailurophobia’

La Toya Jackson is an American singer, actress, songwriter, former model, activist, businesswoman, sister to the late Michael Jackson and a two time New York Times best selling author. Of course, she is a strong woman with an amazing personality, but she’s also afraid of… cats. Can you believe it?!

The irrational fear of cats is also known as ailurophobia, and according to recent surveys, there are many Americans who suffer from this type of phobia. However, in an episode of American Idol, La Toya Jackson said that she is afraid of cats. Phobias can occur even if you have witnessed someone else experiencing a traumatic event, and this is what happened to La Toya Jackson. She developed this kind of phobia as a child after seeing a close relative being attacked by a cat.

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