Fear of Phobias

Phobias come in all shapes and sizes (Doug Savage)

The Free Online Dictionary defines a phobia as a “persistent, abnormal and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.” Of course, most of us recognize the word when it serves as the suffix to a specific fear—like arachnophobia, the fear of spiders.

Personally, though, I seem to suffer from the strangest fear of them all: phobophobia, the fear of phobias themselves. Why, you might ask? See for yourself. Here are some common phobias—and some obscure ones—that you may find very illuminating. Thanks to the folks at phobialist.com for providing this information, albeit without their knowledge:

Ablutophobia: Fear of washing or bathing.

This may lead to stinkyphobia, the fear of smelly people.

Alektorophobia: Fear of chickens.

Stay the hell away from Kentucky Fried Chicken then!

Allodoxaphobia: Fear of opinions.

This can be especially troublesome since opinions are like assholes; everyone has one.

Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single.

I may have suffered from this in the past, but those days are long gone now.

Thank goodness Sir Isaac Newton never feared gravity (USGS)

Barophobia: Fear of gravity.

You shouldn’t this fear get you down.

Bathophobia: Fear of depth.

Focus on shallow people instead… there are plenty of them out there.

Bibliophobia: Fear of books.

I know a bunch of college students who apparently suffer from this fear since they rarely crack a book!

Cacophobia: Fear of ugliness.

Is it possible that we all suffer from this? It seems to be pretty common in the U.S.

Carnophobia: Fear of meat.

I can’t imagine that many gay men suffer from this fear. It would put a serious damper on their love lives.

Chrometophobia (or Chrematophobia): Fear of money.

No need to worry about this fear since I never have enough money to be afraid of!

Coprastasophobia: Fear of constipation.

Combine this with a fear of laxatives and you could have some serious problems.

Lady Justice is a little scary, I guess. Must be the blindfold (How Stuff Works)

Dikephobia: Fear of justice.

Not much danger of this happening within the American judicial system, I’m afraid.

Ephebiphobia: Fear of teenagers.

This occurs primarily among the parents of teenagers.

Gamophobia: Fear of marriage.

I can only assume that more males suffer from this irrational fear, which may not be irrational at all.

Gnosiophobia: Fear of knowledge.

Fortunately, those who experience it are unlikely to ever hear or understand this word.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: Fear of long words.

This one sort of speaks for itself.

Ithyphallophobia: Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.

Sometimes referred to as “bonerphobia.”

Some wood should be feared (Reddit)

Kolpophobia: Fear of genitals, particularly female.

They sometimes scare me, too.

Leukophobia: Fear of the color white.

And yes, Caucasians have been known to suffer from this, as well.

Logophobia: Fear of words.

Sufferers instead communicate through long, soulful looks.

Maieusiophobia: Fear of childbirth.

If it’s possible for males to suffer from this, then I certainly qualify!

Megalophobia: Fear of large things.

This can be fatal when combined with a fear of erect penises.

Menophobia: Fear of menstruation.

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I think most guys in heterosexual relationships fear this!

Optophobia: Fear of opening one’s eyes.

The first step on the road to recovery? Squinting!

Philemaphobia (or Philematophobia): Fear of kissing.

This can put a serious damper on foreplay—to some extent—but has a greater effect on expletive phrases. After all, telling someone “not” to kiss your ass just isn’t the same.

Siderophobia: Fear of stars.

Those in the heavens, not in the tabloids.

Urophobia: Fear of urine or urinating.

If pee is what you fear, then stay the hell out of any public men’s rooms. Most resemble lavatories at schools for the blind, although I’m sure they are much cleaner.

The fear of clothing is second only to the fear of nudist colonies, which sound nice but normally look more like this (Sprocket Ink)

Vestiphobia: Fear of clothing.

Finally there’s a phobia I can get behind, but only with regard to women!

And last, but not least, is a phobia that I created and impose on myself every day: noblogophobia, the fear of having nothing left to blog about. Thankfully, there’s no fear of that happening anytime soon!

Posted on November 14, 2013, in Perspectives, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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