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60108vertigo vs. acrophobia

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  • Mary
    Jul 26, 2013
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      Apparently the anxiety caused by severe acrophobia can cause dizziness, hence a possible explanation for Sartre's use of vertigo rather than acrophobia.

      Mary

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eduardathome <yeoman@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I see now that perhaps Jim used the word "Vertigo". That's the problem with
      > > this sort of description of Existentialism. The term is being used in
      > > fashion different from its real meaning. Vertigo has nothing to do with
      > > jumping or falling from a height. It is a sense of imbalance or spinning
      > > which has physical causes ... regardless of Alfred Hitchcock.
      > >
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      > Yes, Sartre should have used the word acrophobia. I have mild forms of both vertigo (positional) and acrophobia where I feel the urge to jump to end my fear of falling.
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      > This is the key passage from "Being and Nothingness" which as you can see is about distinguishing fear from anguish or external vs. internal relationship with unknowns.
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      > ~First we must acknowledge that Kierkegaard is right; anguish is distinguished from fear in that fear is fear of beings-in-the-world whereas anguish is anguish before myself. Vertigo is anguish to the extent that I am afraid not of falling over the precipice, but of throwing myself over. A situation provokes fear if there is a possibility of my life being changed from without; my being provokes anguish to the extent that I distrust myself and my own reactions in that situation.~
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      > Mary
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