Phobias can be defined as a fear or loathing towards an object or situation. There are many stereotypes based on perception – like homophobia or distrust/fear of people based on their religion to name a few. There are other phobias based on fears – agoraphobia, fear of insects etc. Most people know that some of their fears are irrational and not based on evidence. Some of the stereotypes are also emphasized by the media, subtly in the form of stories to get people to conform. It is a good idea to become aware and get the required help to live a stress free life.