Why Are Some Adults Really Afraid of Ghosts?

Supernatural phobias make ghosts feel all too real.

Have you ever been home alone and felt certain — certain — that someone was watching you? Afraid to turn around, lest you catch a ghostly visage out of the corner of your eye?

You aren’t alone. In fact, for some people, this feeling translates into a full-blown phobia that makes it difficult or impossible to live or sleep alone. This fear of ghosts may be much more common than usually believed, said Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, a psychiatrist at The D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro.

“It is possibly as common as the common phobias that we meet with every day, such as fear of heights or certain insects,” Oliveira-Souza told Live Science.

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