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4. Heights

Marisa Fernandez / Senior Writer

Abbey Knupp’s family goes on a lot of hikes and trips to national parks.

Percent of OU students with this fear: 15.5%

"I don’t know how many family pictures I’ve probably ruined because I can’t step near the edge of cliffs,” she said.

The junior studying journalism has had a fear of heights for as long as she can remember. She says her heart starts racing faster, she becomes light-headed and it’s like the floor comes out from underneath her.

To Knupp, her fear goes hand in hand with feeling safe and secure. She cited an example of the risers on her dorm room bed her sophomore year. She had a fear of falling off her bed with risers, but when she was on the top of a bunk bed her freshman year, she felt more secure because of the guard rail.

“That immediate split-second interpretation our bodies have has variability in certain situations,” Howell said. “When it comes down to all psychological disorders, we need to ask if it’s causing significant distress.”

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