G'day Rosa :-)<quoted text>
So what you're saying here is that phobias are programmed into children. Well, I have a few of my mother's hangups.
It's a lot different to being afraid of powerpoints or hot stoves.
True but fear of power points and hot stoves is also conditioned. Either by experience or parental warning. Thus, not genetic. A healthy fear for a small child to have yes, I think though, it's ok to explain calmly to a child why they should not do or touch certain things, without installing fear. Fear itself can be more damaging than anything one might actually be afraid of.