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The '''fear of ghosts''' in many human [[culture]]s is based on beliefs that some [[ghost]]s may be malevolent towards people and dangerous (within the range of all possible attitudes, including mischievous, benign, indifferent, etc.). It is related to [[fear of the dark]].
The fear of spidersghosts is sometimes referred to as '''phasmophobia'''<ref>{{cite web|url=http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Phasmophobia|title=Phasmophobia. (n.d.). Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English, Preview Edition|accessdate=2008-10-21|publisher=Lexico Publishing Group}}</ref> and erroneously [[spectrophobia]], the latter being an established term for fear of mirrors and one's own reflections.
==Typical character==
In many traditional accounts, ghosts are often thought to be deceased people looking for vengeance, or imprisoned on earth for bad things they did during life. Ghosts may be linked to houses or even cursed objects. The appearance of a ghost has often been regarded as an omen or portent of death. Seeing one's own ghostly double or [[doppelgänger]] is a related omen of death.<ref>Christina Hole (1950) ''Haunted England'': 13-27</ref>
==Fears of ghosts among various cultures==