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Welcome to Vivo Edge

Vivo Edge is a place to find fun, inspiring and informative content. Take a look around, soak in the atmosphere. Read our articles or watch some videos.

We know you’re going to love it! But Vivo Edge is also here to make a difference. “What kind of difference?” we hear you say.

Well, it might be a bit ambitious of us, but we want to make every kind of difference. We want to inspire you to change the world for yourself and for others.

Vivo has 3 views for you to explore. You are currently on the World View.

The World View is a hub of knowledge: a place to go to learn about charity campaigns, careers, healthy living, inspiring celebrities, sport, the arts and much more. Basically, all the things you should know if you want to be a well-rounded, caring and thoughtful person. By viewing our content and entering our competitions, you can unlock badges and exclusive offers.

These will be displayed on  the Me View.

The Me View is your own personal page: no one else can see it. It is the place to go to check your vivo balance, see which badges you have unlocked and access the shop, among many other things.

The You View is currently in development and is coming soon.

We know you will have as much fun on Vivo Edge as we have had putting it all together for you. Most importantly though, we hope it will inspire you. Inspire and be inspired with Vivo Edge.

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Welcome to Getting Ahead

Welcome to Getting Ahead. This area of Vivo Edge is all about trying to help YOU – students of the world – get ahead in life.

What does that mean, exactly? For most of you, it means getting the most out of school – all kinds of tricks and tips to make school as enjoyable as possible.

It also means preparing for life after school. For older students, we will be publishing articles and videos on careers advice, volunteering and work experience opportunities. If you think this sounds a little dull, think again. Vivo Edge will put its own spin on everything we put up on here, so that it’s always worth taking note of.

Also, remember that if you immerse yourselves in Vivo Edge, you can unlock our exclusive badges. Did you know there’s a badge just for reading loads of articles?

 

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Welcome to Helping the World!

The world is so BIG, and I am so small.

Welcome to Helping the World – the place to be if you want to make the world a better place!

It’s important that we realise we can all make a difference. The tiniest step can make a big impression, especially if it inspires others to follow in your footsteps.

Be like the hummingbird in the video above. Your impact might well be small at first, but it’s better than sitting back and doing nothing.

Vivo Edge is here to spark your curiosity and get you thinking about what you can do to make the world a little better. We want to let you know what you can do to help. Even if it’s just telling your friends about an awesome charity you read about here on Vivo Edge.

If we all try to be like the hummingbird, then we can make that important difference.

Sometimes your problems will seem like they are insurmountable. Remember to think to yourself, “I will be like a hummingbird!”

Source(s): Dirt The Movie

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Welcome to Vivo Life

Do you love Vivo?

Looking for a place to get all the latest Vivo news?

If that sounds like you, then Vivo Life is where you want to be. We will keep you updated on all that is going on in the Vivo world. Plus, we will give you tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the Vivo system.

Our Vivo Life section is the place to find timely tutorials and handy how-tos. You will be a Vivo expert in no time!

The more you know about Vivo and the more you log in, the easier it is to unlock badges and earn rewards. So keep an eye on the Vivo Life section, if you want to stay ahead of the game!

Vivo Life, be in the know, be the best.

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Welcome to Arts & Entertainment

Do you love music, films and novels? How about comic books, poetry and art? We all do – it’s a silly question. We all like to escape our day-to-day reality sometimes with a good film or book. The best thing is that it’s actually really good for us – as long as we have finished our homework first.

It’s not just about escaping reality, but enriching it. Our lives wouldn’t be as rich or rewarding without our favourite books, films, songs, poems, pieces of art etc.

Every time we read, we learn something new. Every new piece of music that we hear can trigger a new emotive response in us. Seeing a piece of art you have never seen before can help you see the world in a different way. All of these things help us become who we are.

Art helps us broaden our horizons. It’s important to keep exploring, to keep trying out new things. Have you tried ballet, sculpture or the saxophone? When did you last go to a museum, the library or the theatre? Why not watch a French film next time you go to the cinema?

Did you know that, according to scientific research, watching movies helps increase cognitive thinking and decreases anxiety? That laughing at your favourite comedy can help lower your blood pressure? That reading reduces stress and decreases the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s when you are older? Culture, the arts, entertainment – whatever you want to call it – is good for you!

Perhaps most important of all, never forget that all your favourite art, music, movies and books were made by a human being just like you! There’s nothing stopping you being the next J K Rowling, the next Ed Sheeran or the next Shailene Woodley. All you have to do is love the arts and keep practising.

 

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Welcome to Healthy Living

At Vivo, we are a firm believer in the expression, “Healthy body, healthy mind”. In this section, we will be exploring topics related to keeping our minds and bodies healthy.

Be active! Physical exercise is not only a great way to keep physically fit, but also mentally fit. For instance, exercise helps you beat stress, keeps you happy and improves your ability to learn. It also boosts energy levels and increases your chances of living a longer, more fulfilling life. Sports are also incredibly fun and a great way to meet new people.

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Exercise the mind! Think positive thoughts. Talk to your friends. Be kind to your classmates. Go out of your way to help other people. Instead of playing video games or watching TV, why not read a book or try out a game of Sudoku. Make sure you get a decent night’s sleep (Scientists say teens should sleep for 9 ¼ hours every night). All of these things will help you become a happier and healthier version of yourself.

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Eat and drink the right stuff! You might get tired of adults telling you to eat your vegetables, but it is really important. Vegetables are actually pretty cool when you take a microscopic view and examine what it is about them that make them so good for us. The same goes for unhealthy foods. Fizzy drinks have lots of sugar: we all know this. But do we know why it’s so bad for us and what effect all that sugar will have on us when we’re older?

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All of these topics will be addressed in the Healthy Living section of Vivo Edge. There will be articles and videos to help us all live healthier lives.

 

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Veggie Power Can Save the Planet!

By eating less meat, YOU can save the planet and help out all our animal friends!

Meat is great, right? But did you know that you can do so much good for the world by choosing to eat less meat or cutting it out completely. It may taste great, but, unfortunately, there are many indicators that eating meat isn’t so great for the planet or the future of humanity, let alone the animals.

The good news is you don’t have to give up meat completely to make a difference. Would you consider giving up meat for one day a week?

Watch the video above to see why this young boy refuses to eat octopus. His reasons may be cute, but he also has an interesting point.

 3 BIG reasons to eat less meat

Animals are our friends!

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According to ADAPTT, 140 billion animals are killed each year by the meat, egg and dairy industries. This is an absolutely staggering amount. The sad thing is that many of these animals live in terrible conditions for their entire lives.

 

We need to save our beautiful planet!

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A UN report published in 2006 suggests that the meat industry is responsible for about 18% of the world’s climate change. This works out as more than cars, planes, trains and ships put together. It’s an astonishing and little known fact.

 

Eating veggie is good for you!

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Meat Free Mondays

Have you heard of Meat Free Mondays? It is a great way to help the planet and be healthy. You don’t have to give up meat completely to make a difference. Just one day a week is a great way to start. Does your school do Meat Free Mondays? Why not ask your head teacher to start Meat Free Mondays at your school.

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Source(s): TheVeganHere

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All You Need to Know About Planet Earth

In the video above, created by the YouTube channel “Kurzgesagt”, the narrator explains everything you might need to know about our home planet.

Did you know?

  • Antarctica contains about 70% of Earth’s fresh water and 90% of its ice.
  • Humans have only explored 5% of the ocean. The ocean makes up 70% of the earth’s surface.
  • It’s thought that in 140 million years, the length of a day will have increased to 25 hours as a result of our decelerating rotation.
  • Earth’s hottest temperature ever recorded was in El Azizia, Libya, where it reached 136°F (57.8°C) on September 13, 1922.
  • The driest spot on Earth is the Atacama Desert, in Chile and Peru, where there are places that rain has never been recorded.
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Paper Isn’t Just for Writing On

Find out how Eiko Ojala gives paper a new purpose

We’ve scoured the web for the most unique and eye-catching pieces of art, and Eiko Ojala’s Paper Illustrations definitely let off a glimmer. The Estonian graphic designer likes to experiment with light, shadows and shapes. An award-winning artist, he’s worked with The New Yorker, Wired and The Sunday Times, to name just a few.

Ojala’s paper illustrations are beautifully simplistic in the way he uses natural and artificial shadows to make his work appear 3D. Chucking together different colours of paper on varied levels, he constantly serves up a whole array of awe inspiring visuals. Sometimes they contain a message, sometimes they incorporate his hobbies and interests and sometimes they are just there to look amazing.

 

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Check out the rest of his work on his website: http://ploom.tv/

Source(s): Eiko Ojala

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What Makes a Hero?

What do all our favourite heroes from the worlds of books, film and TV have in common?

The video below begins by asking just this: “What do Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and Frodo have in common with the heroes of ancient myths?”

Think you know the answer? Watch the video to find out.

The video ends by asking, “What do YOU have in common with Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and Frodo?” According to the narrator, you have more in common than you might think.

Source(s): TED-Ed

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Music Jamming!

Trio link up to blow your mind!

These days the music industry isn’t always about the talent of the individual or band. It’s more about the image and how much money the artist’s agency can spend on high budget music videos. So when you come across raw talent, it’s definitely something to get excited about!

Well, that’s exactly what happened when one busker was met by an intrigued passer-by, who just so happened to have an awesome set of vocals. Off the newly formed duo went – harmonising like you would never believe!

All of a sudden, they were joined by a third member to start a makeshift trio. The crew was complete. They carried on with the improvisation, and we were even treated to a rap solo. After that, the performance was over, and they all went their separate ways.

Music created spontaneously and naturally has an amazingly direct way of connecting people!

Source(s): Chris Cooper

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How to Donate Your Vivos to Charity

Did you know that 20% of all vivos are donated to charity?

We know that you are incredibly generous people, which is why we want to make it easy as possible for you to donate your vivos to charity. To make sure you can all find our charity section and know how to use it, we have created this simple step by step guide.

1. Login to your Vivo account and head to the “Me” section at the top left of the page.

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2. This is where you will be able to see the vivos your have earned, what you can do to earn more and other features, including “Donate to Charity”.

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3. Once you have clicked on that, you will be presented with a screen displaying the charities available. There will be more added in the future, so keep a look out!

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4. By clicking on the charity’s tile you will be taken to a page with some information about them and their causes.  You can also see some cool stats about how many vivos have been donated so far. Once you have chosen, press the “Donate” button.

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5. You will now be looking at this small window (below). Enter the amount of vivos you would like to donate.  Confirm by clicking the “Donate” button.

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So, there you go.

Remember that small gestures can make a big difference. And always think to yourself, “I will be a hummingbird!” If you don’t know what that means, watch the video below.

Source(s): getdirty2009

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Humans Are Weird!

Psychology is a science aimed specifically at understanding all that is weird and wonderful about the human mind. Over the years, psychologists have discovered some really strange things about us.

Following the crowd

Think that your brain is a fortress? Not easily influenced? That you are fully in control of your actions at any given time?

You may be surprised to realise that this might not be the case. Psychologists have found that people will do extraordinarily weird things just because other people around them are.

 

Walking in a straight line

It’s quite easy to walk in a straight line, right? Well, how about blind-folded?

Experiments have shown that human beings, once blind-folded, have a profound inability to walk in a straight line. What’s more is that, as hard as we might try to walk straight, we end up walking in spirals.

Spirals!?!

 

Recognising faces

Have you ever failed to recognise someone you didn’t know very well?

Check out this video of an experiment where close to 50% of the test subjects failed to recognise someone they had just met seconds earlier.

 

Split-brain syndrome

This is the strangest of the bunch.

The corpus callosum is the part of the brain that connects the two sides of our brain – it basically enables both sides to communicate.

In the past, people living with severe cases of epilepsy would undergo an operation where doctors severed their corpus callosum. These operations were effectively a success – in that it stopped their epilepsy – however, it left these people with some of the most peculiar symptoms known to science.

Because the two sides of their brain could no longer communicate, some found that their left arm would do things of its own will. For instance, they would try to open a door with their right hand and their left hand would slam it shut all on its own. Spooky stuff!

Source(s): NPR, WYFFT, NOVA PBS, Science in Seconds

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Iconic Moments from the Past Reborn

Check out these amazing GIFs, which transform iconic photographs from the past into moving images.

What an awesome way to learn about historical events. Feast your eyes on these cool GIFs and read the facts to find out what’s going on. It’s almost like being there. Almost.

Empire State Building

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  • The building has 103 floors and the roof height is 1250ft (381m). The height including the antenna is 1454ft (443.2m).

  • Around 3,400 workers were involved in the construction of the Empire State building. Official records show five workers died.

  • It took just 410 days for the Empire State Building to be built.

  • The building cost $24,718,000 to build. With the land included, the cost was $40,948,900.

  • There are 6514 windows in the building.

 

Moon Landing

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  • The first American flag planted in the moon was knocked down just hours later by the rocket blast of Aldrin and Armstrong leaving.

  • Some of the artifacts left on the moon include a golden olive branch, an American flag, an Apollo 1 patch and a memorial disk.

  • The first spacecraft to reach the moon was a Soviet craft launched by the USSR. It passed within 5995km of the surface of the moon before going into orbit around the Sun.

  • NASA intend on returning to set up a permanent space station. They hope to walk on the moon in 2019 if all goes according to plan.

 

V-J Day

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  • This photo was taken on V-J Day (Victory over Japan) in Time Square. V-J Day is the day Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

  • The formal signing of Japanese surrender took place on board USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2nd September, 1945.

  • The Japanese surrendered after the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • The photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, who went to take photos of the celebrations. When he saw the nurse and the sailor kissing, he took four photos.

 

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  • Einstein won the 1921 Nobel prize in Physics for his work on theoretical physics.

  • Hitler considered Einstein public enemy number one.

  • Einstein wasn’t a fan of socks and got away with not wearing them at the University of Oxford.

  • Even though he was a pacifist, he wrote a letter to President Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of an extremely powerful bomb.

  • His first inspiration to learn physics was a compass. He was fascinated by the fact that the arrow would always stay in the same place.

Source(s): Alan Pun

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Q: What Do “Fluffiness” and “Manslaughter” Have in Common?

A: Charles Dickens introduced these words into the English language.

February 7th was the birthday of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), widely considered one of the greatest writers and novelists of all time.

During his life, his work was hugely popular. By the 20th century, Dickens was seen as a literary genius by the majority of critics. His novels and short stories continue to sell well today, and there are many film adaptions of his most popular tales. His stories contain some of the most famous and beloved fictional characters, such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was forced to leave school and work in a factory when his father was jailed because he was unable to pay back his debts. Although Dickens’ education was minimal, he went on to edit a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 5 novels, 5 novellas, hundreds of short stories and many non-fiction articles. The most popular books of his include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield.

If you haven’t read any Charles Dickens books yet, why not head to your local or school library and pick up a copy of A Christmas Carol or Oliver Twist.

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Fun facts:

  • Charles Dickens had a pet raven called Grip, which he had stuffed when it died in 1841.
  • He always insisted on sleeping with his bed aligned north-south, with his head facing north.
  • The Oxford Dictionary credits Dickens with introducing 247 new words or usages.
  • A toothpick Charles Dickens once used sold for over $5,000 at an auction in 2009.
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Guess What? Vivo Will Do Your Homework for You!

Just Kidding!

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Vivo is here to help, to make school more fun and rewarding. But, unfortunately, we can’t help you with your homework.

First of all, we don’t have enough people at Vivo HQ to do the homework for all the students who use Vivo. Second, we don’t think your teachers would be very happy. Third, homework is good for you!

What we can do, is give you some tips to make the process a little less painful. Just think, if you do a good job, your teachers might even reward you with vivos.

Set aside a time for homework

If you set a time for doing your homework each day, it will become a habit. If doing your homework becomes a habit, it won’t feel like such a chore. Work out what time works best for you. Some people work better in the evening, some work better as soon as they come back from school.

Get rid of distractions

Turn off your TV. Get your parents to hide your smart phone for an hour.  You may feel like the internet is your best friend when it comes to homework, but it can be an awful distraction. Only use the internet if your teachers have suggested that you do.

Understand what your teachers want

If you know your teachers well, you know what they expect from you. This doesn’t mean that you can cut corners or do the bare minimum, but it means you can get to the point quickly and succinctly and achieve the best grades possible.

Talk to your teachers

It never hurts to ask your teachers a few questions about your homework before you do it. They will see that you care about doing a good job – this is a very good thing! Teachers will appreciate your positive attitude, and this may be reflected in how they treat you in class and when they sit down to mark your homework.

Be patient 

Homework is supposed to be hard. It is supposed to test what you have learnt in class and improve the skills you are developing. Remember that practice makes perfect. If a piece of homework is causing you trouble, be patient. Sometimes trying to rush through something makes the whole process harder. If you take your time, you will find it easier and more enjoyable.

Don’t stress

You are never going to be the best at everything. It’s just important that you do your best. Your teachers will respect that as long as you show that you have put in the time and effort. One bad piece of homework isn’t the end of the world. If you are really struggling, just do your best and then take the time to ask your teacher to explain it to you after class the next day.

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Save a Species Today!

The Worldwide Wildlife Foundation (WWF) keeps track of the most endangered species in the world.

They do their best to protect these creatures, but the task at hand is monumental.

Scientists say that we are currently living in a period of mass extinction. They claim that species of plants and animals are currently going extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before human beings were walking around on the earth.

Here are four species that are extremely close to disappearing for ever.

1. Amur Leopard

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Poachers have driven this species of leopard to the brink of extinction. A new conservation area – the Land of the Leopard – has been set up in Russia to try to protect the last remaining few.

Estimated population: approx. 30

2. Javan Rhino

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The most threatened of all 5 rhino species. The Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia is the only place in the world where the Javan Rhino still lives.

Estimated population: 35

3. Saola

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Nicknamed the “Asian Unicorn”, Saola was only first discovered in 1992. Since then, sightings have been few and far between. The number of Saola alive in the wild is unknown, but thought to be less than 100.

Estimated population: between 25 and 100

4. South China Tiger

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In the 1950s, it was thought that there were 4,000 of these tigers alive, but no one has spotted one in the wild for 25 years. It is categorised as “functionally extinct”.

Estimated population: ??

This is a link to the WWF’s list of the most endangered species on the planet. Find out what you can do to help.

Source(s): WWF, WWF-Canon/ David HULSE

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It’s Time to Chill Out

Chilling out and other ways to cut that stress out of your life

Did you know that stress affects your life in all sorts of ways, not just at the time you’re feeling it, but for days, weeks and even years down the line?

It’s easy to get stressed out, but this can lead to headaches, lack of sleep, loss of friends, difficulty in communicating and depression. Here are some ways you can avoid stress and give yourself a healthy life balance.

Relationships

Be kind, polite and friendly. You will find that people are more likely to be kind, polite and friendly back. This will create a  positive and supportive environment for you and your friends. Help out a friend if they seem stressed, and they may just do the same for you. Try to always think positive. Avoid arguments and unnecessary negativity whenever possible.

Family

Make sure you help around the house and talk to your parents and siblings. Try and make time to sit down with your family and have a meal or watch a film together. If your parents have money worries or other problems, try not to worry too much yourself. If it’s something you can’t cope with, talk to a teacher or phone a helpline. Try not to bottle things up.

School

Just do the best you can. If you feel you have made the wrong exam choices or you’re finding things difficult, talk to a teacher. Talking to someone else can help you see things more clearly and sort out your problems. Join in as much as you can, even if you’re shy; you’ll make friends that way. Don’t forget that everyone’s different, so don’t be afraid to always be yourself.

The Future

Set yourself achievable goals and, if you have a setback, don’t give up. If you’re not academic, don’t see it as a failing; it isn’t. Channel your energy into doing something else that you’re good at and enjoy. You don’t have to be top of the class or go to university to be a “success”.

Organising your time

Study a little bit every night. Try not to leave everything until the last minute. Doing things in small, manageable chunks is much less stressful. Make time to be with your family and friends and do things that you enjoy too. If it helps, make a timetable for Monday to Friday and stick to it. That way you’ll get things done and  won’t need to panic.

So…

Eat well, get enough sleep, don’t spend all your time on the computer, see family and friends, talk, relax and do things you enjoy. Don’t worry about things that you have no control over and be yourself.

 

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What Are You Afraid Of?

Forget ghosts, goblins and gremlins, here are real life terrors that some people have to face every single day.

Everyone knows about arachnophobia (fear of spiders) or claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) but what about some of the more unusual ones? Some of these are quite strange. Why not share this with your friends?

 

Spectrophobia

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Spectrophobiais the fear of mirrors. Phobias like this are the result of horror movies, TV shows or nightmares involving mirrors or the result of the person being superstitious about being watched through a mirror.

 

Logophobia

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Logophobia is the fear of words. The fear usually originates from the sufferers childhood, as the frequency of learning new words can cause distress and dread. Most logophobic people have difficulty reading and speaking.

 

Pantophobia

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Pantophobia or panophobiais the fear of everything, also known as a “non-specific fear”. It’s experienced as a persistent dread of an unknown evil.

 

Siderophobia

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Siderophobia is a fear of stars. These people tend to stay indoors with all the curtains shut when it gets dark.

 

Cathisophobia

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Cathisophobia is the fear of sitting. The primary cause of this fear in both children and adults is sitting in classrooms.

 

Frigophobia

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Frigophobia is a phobia pertaining to the fear of becoming too cold. Sufferers wear heavy clothing and blankets regardless of temperature.

 

Somniphobia

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Somniphobia is the fear of falling asleep. This fear can be the caused by the feeling of losing control, repeated nightmares or anxiety over the loss of time that could be spend accomplishing tasks.