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Unformatted text preview: a. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions. Many of the world’s greatest generals are thought strange feelings and emotions 129 9. 10. 11. 12. to have been megalomaniacs who accomplished great victories precisely because of their drive to do grand things. paranoia. Extreme, irrational distrust of others. Jason’s paranoia that the other students didn’t like him was deﬁnitely unreasonable; the other kids simply didn’t know him. pyromania. An uncontrollable desire to set ﬁres. Park rangers conﬁrm that forest ﬁres are caused more often by careless mistakes than by deliberate ﬁres set by pyromaniacs. agoraphobia. An abnormal fear of open spaces, crowds, and public areas. This is the opposite of claustrophobia. vertigo. A sensation of dizziness or spinning, even when standing or sitting on solid ground. Vertigo is often associated with fear of heights. Tom chose not to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty because he feared his vertigo might return. Lesson 17 Words You Should Now Know acrophobia agoraphobia amnesia arachnophobia claustrophobia hypochondria insomnia kleptomania megalomania paranoia phobia p...
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