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counterphobic

Pronunciation: kown'ter-fo'bik

Definition:

  1. Denoting a state of actual preference, on the part of a phobic person, for the very situation of which that person is afraid.
  2. Opposed to the phobic impulse, as in counterphobic mastery of a feared action by repeated engagement in the action.

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