Greetings and Salutations. It is about time I formally introduced myself. I am the notorious Dr.Phobias. As my moniker would dictate, my specialty is fear. I will be posting regularly on different phobias, but I would like to start with the basics and discuss the relations and differences between phobia (fear), mania (obsession), and philia (attraction). For as different as they are, they have a similar root. I find it fascinating that where one person is terrified, the next would be overjoyed, and the third individual would be ecstatic or even aroused.
For this essay I will use “snake” (ophis) as my root. Snakes are taboo in some cultures. They are shown as monstrous sea serpents or the Devil disguising himself as a snake to trick Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. In our culture snakes typically play the role of villains. From snakes on a plane, to Anaconda, to even the Jungle Book’s Kaa with his wicked powers of hypnosis, snakes are viewed as a negative force. However, other cultures revere the snake, use it as a status symbol, think of it as a protector, or even worship one as a god.