Photo credit: Caylena Cahill | Hot air balloons take flight at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse along the Hudson River during the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Balloon Festival in Poughkeepsie. Sandra Friedman learned she had a fear of heights when she wanted to go hot-air ballooning in Albuquerque, N.M. (July 7, 2012)
Looking at the bright side, acrophobia, or fear of high places, is helpful for my survival. I know I will never lean over the edge of a steep cliff or jump from a high peak. Nor will I ever sail along a silver sky in a beautiful balloon. An awareness of this information is, after all, essential for prolonging my longevity.
If I must have a phobia, acrophobia, from the Greek words "height"...
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