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Derived from the Ancient Greek βάσις (Bathos, “step”) and φόβος (phobos, “fear”) it can be defined in at least two ways:
1 The fear of stairs or steep slopes;
2 The fear of walking;
Usually it is taken to mean the fear of stairs or steep slopes and, in some cases, this fear can be so acute that merely seeing stairs or a steep slope can induce a panic attack.
Donald Trump is said to suffer from bathmophobia which probably explains why he holds the handrail tightly when negotiating stairs. It might be interesting to see what would happen if he was on a set of transparent, open-plan stairs with no handrail.
by AKACroatalin February 09, 2017
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