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  Sep 10, 2009 07:24 PM  
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A stupid question to ask. But for some, it is not stupid. Some take it seriously because they developed a kind of phobia at an early age. In general, most of us are afraid to see blood, as we are afraid of seeing ghosts... Because we are afraid of being harmed.

Fear of blood scientifically known as "hemophobia" were caused by one major factor, the "FEAR OF DEATH". By seeing blood, we fear our own injury. What if those things we are seeing happen to us? We fear blood because we are imagining things. Blood lives when inside our body. When blood corpuscles were discharged out of the body, it dies.

Ironically, doctors have overcome fear of blood through the years of training and experiences. They need to overcome their fears because it is their job to fix our vital signs and put our anatomy back in order. I remember what a Medical student I met during College told me: Part of their training includes visual imagery, that is you will be shown human flesh and human parts being put into your sandwich. Then you shall be blindfolded and let you eat that sandwich, when in fact that was only a decoy. What you are exactly eating is the real food. That psychological process is called "Conditioning". Once you are conditioned or used to it, then you aren't afraid anymore.

Ironically, Media men have been conditioned to see blood because of the nature of their job. Nurses, doctors, and makers of horror movies get used to it. In mythology, Dracula and vampires isn't afraid of blood because it gives them life and vitality.

So for me, that is not a stupid question to ask. I am afraid of seeing blood because I know it is deep inside of me. When I die and I'm out of my body, then I wouldn't be afraid anymore... That's the time I had overcome my fears.

"How about you, why are you afraid of blood?"


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  Sep 10, 2009 08:22 PM  
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it depends upon blood. si mga INC habo ning dinuguan... si VAMPIRE paslo sa blood... igwa man ning blood na hali sa babae, the so-called ‘period’. seriously speaking, the blood is the river of life and if you donate a blood you can save a life.

'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.....

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  Sep 10, 2009 08:45 PM  

"it depends upon
blood. si mga INC habo ning dinuguan... si VAMPIRE paslo sa blood...
igwa man ning blood na hali sa babae, the so-called ‘period’. seriously
speaking, the blood is the river of life and if you donate a blood you
can save a life.
If we didn't care, we wouldn't share. That's why we're there."

Thank you Dex. You had a point there It depends on what you believe in and how you see life and death. For Catholics, the blood of Christ is life, but that's symbolic: wine symbolizes blood. For Iglesia Ni Cristo, eating "dinuguan" is a taboo because for INC, it is forbidden to eat blood of animals.

For ladies, they fear blood because of it's their monthly period, hehe, nice one!
"I am afraid to donate blood because I'm thin, underweight and low blood."

What I covered here in this post is the fear of blood (red blood corpuscles) in general medical terms - HEMOPHOBIA... How would you react once you see blood. If you see wound and blood gushing through, would you stare and keep your eyes open, or would you run and puke?

It's nice to have different views on this, and there's no right or wrong when it comes to ones beliefs and opinion. So anymore views? "Why are you afraid of blood?"


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  Sep 11, 2009 04:32 AM  

Most people aren't afraid of blood. It's the senseless bloodletting that most people fear and don't like to see. Blood is life, period.

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  Sep 11, 2009 04:48 PM  


Most people aren't afraid of blood. It's the senseless bloodletting that most people fear and don't like to see. Blood is life, period.

Thank you sir for your opinion... You can also post the link if you had a reference, that is if you want to support your views... "BLOOD LETTING" or the withdrawal of often considerable quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease, was the most common medical practice performed by doctors from antiquity up to the late 19th century.] The practice has been abandoned for all except a few very specific conditions. It is conceivable that historically, in the absence of other treatments for hypertension, bloodletting could sometimes have had a beneficial effect in temporarily reducing blood pressure by a reduction in blood volume. However, since hypertension is very often asymptomatic and thus undiagnosable without modern methods, this effect was unintentional. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the historical use of bloodletting was harmful to patients, that's why it is feared. Today, the term phlebotomy refers to the drawing of blood for laboratory analysis or blood transfusion (see Phlebotomy (modern)). Therapeutic phlebotomy refers to the drawing of a unit of blood in specific cases like hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera, porphyria cutanea tarda, etc., to reduce the amount of red blood cells... In addition, the sight of mere injection needles and how it is injected to the veins up adds up to the fear

Now for a more credible information, here's an article from
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Definition of Fear of blood

Fear of blood: An abnormal and persistent fear of blood. Sufferers of this very common phobia dread the sight of their own blood, the sight of the blood of another person or an animal, and sometimes printed or filmed images of blood or even thoughts of blood. Blood may remind them of their own vulnerability to injury and of the eventuality of death.

Some sufferers of hemophobia experience an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Other sufferers experience an atypical phobic reaction characterized by a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, causing paleness and weakness. They may even faint. Those with the latter reaction may develop a new fear: the fear of fainting.

Through the ages, writers have done little to calm the fear of blood. In Homer's Iliad, waterways run red with blood as a wrathful Achilles harvests his crop of Trojans. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, blood becomes a terrifying symbol of guilt to Lady Macbeth, and she washes her hands raw to rid them of blood, real or imagined. In Bram Stoker's Dracula blood becomes the nurture of a vampire.

This fear of blood is termed "hemophobia," a word derived from the Greek "haima" (blood) and "phobos" (fear). Other English words derived from "haima" include "hemodialysis" (a procedure that removes impurities from the blood), "hemoglobin" (a blood component that transports oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body) and "hemorrhage" (rapid blood loss). Alternate name for hemophobia: hematophobia.

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  Sep 11, 2009 07:44 PM  

Salamat, Manny. Didn't realize that many people are afraid at the sight of their own blood.

Here's the passage from Homer's The Iliad (a favorite of mine) that was referred to in the article, "......Achilles, seething, heaving up in fury, thundering out now in foam and blood and corpses____the bloodred crest of the river swelled by Zeus came arching higher.........." (The Iliad, Book 21, lines 370-372). Senseless bloodletting as a result of the wrath of merciless Achilles.

Blood, too, is mentioned in Homer's The Odyssey. The souls of the dead in the Underworld, Hades, are able to speak again when given a drink of sacrificed animal blood. Thus, to the ancient Greeks, haima is a lifegiver__to the living and to the dead.


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  Sep 11, 2009 08:45 PM  
...Which still I guess, going back to my first notion: "Blood is life" when inside of us (inside our body), and "death" when out of the body, unless preserved in blood bank or transferred immediately through blood transfusion, hehe. The excessive loss of blood is "death", and that's what we fear.

In some literary terms, the color "red" is synonymous to blood, and red letters mean anger, grievance, danger, or impulse. For fashion designers, red blood color is life, thus wearing red in funeral means disrespect.

...So how you fear blood reflects how you see life and death. In general, we are scared because we fear of being harmed. But if we face our fears, and see blood positively, then we shall never fear again.

Here's another significant article, this time, how to battle hemophobia or fear of blood. Taken from Original article at
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How to Overcome the Fear of Blood

Ways to Help You Deal With Hemophobia

© Brian Tubbs

Sep 30, 2008

Treatment of Hemophobia

One of the best ways to cope with fear is through information. A person suffering from hemophobia can educate himself or herself on the nature of blood. One of the best ways to minimize the emotional reaction one has toward blood is to demystify it. This advice works on virtually all phobias, in fact.

In the case of blood, a person with hemophobia could study biology and human anatomy, and try to see and understand the human body as a machine. The more objective he or she can be in studying blood, the easier it will be to remove any fear.

In addition to educating oneself through reading and diagrams, a person with any kind of serious phobia should consult with a trained professional. Such a professional will be able to suggest the best treatment.

Such treatment sometimes involves psychiatric evaluation, gradual exposure of the patient to blood (so that the individual can slowly overcome his or her phobia), and/or medications.

With the proper amount of education and the right treatment, as prescribed by a trained professional, you can be on your way toward overcoming your fear of blood.

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