Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Phobias - whats yours?



"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." FDR

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear." H.P. Lovecraft

A phobia is an intense fear of a situation or an object. It severely restricts your life, and may force you to take extreme measures to avoid whatever triggers it. A phobia is known as an anxiety disorder (like obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks), which means it centres on our natural reaction to fear. Anxiety is about fear, and we all get anxious at some time. It's a natural reaction in all of us, and keeps us safe.

People can develop a phobia about any object, whether animate or inanimate, and about any situation. They can be roughly divided into different types: specific phobias (about any animal, flying or germs); specific situations ( the dark, heights, enclosed spaces, being alone or falling); social phobia (about meeting, speaking to or eating in front of other people), and illness (about heart trouble, cancer or losing a limb). Most people with phobias suffer from one or other of those mentioned. Agoraphobia (a fear of being away from home) is probably the most common phobia, and particularly affects women.

People with phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience
Panic and fear
Rapid heartbeat
Shortness of breath
Trembling
A strong desire to get away

Some unusual examples;
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
Chronophobia- Fear of time.
Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks
Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school.
Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
Geliophobia- Fear of laughter
Logizomechanophobia- Fear of computers.
Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words!!
Thaasophobia- Fear of sitting.
Venustraphobia- Fear of beautiful women.

Some people can trace their phobia back to their childhood and to a certain frightening event, which may have caused a panic attack at the time. But it's not always so clear to someone where their phobia comes from.
There are almost as many phobias as there are things and situations.

Have you a phobia?

67 comments:

Blossomcottage said...

There are certainly things that I don't like but I am not sure they amount to a phobia, I can overcome most of them and those I can't I tend to avoid, it must be terrible to have Geliophobia- I love laughter.
Very interesting.
Blossom

Chaoticidealism said...

I had a phoboia of dead bodies for quite a while... age 8 to maybe 20. Used progressive desensitization to deal with it. Now I can watch "CSI" and read about ancient Egyptian embalming methods without any troub.e Used to be that the word "dead" would send me into a panic attack.

Still got a bit of needle phobia. I'm OK as long as I can lie down, so that way I don't pass out.

motherx said...

I def have one of those! I am 100 percent claustraphobic. Its is so bad that I cant even go in a lift or underground on the tube. So I end up spending a fortune getting taxis everywhere. If there is too many people in one place with no way out I start feeling all sweaty and unable to breathe. One time I went on the tube and it stuck in a tunnel for 20mins! I was in a terrible state, another time I got trapped in a lift on a hot summers night with lots of people. That was horrible, they had to get the fire brig to get everyone out! Also I cant look at snakes without getting all shivery. Hate the look of them, would run a mile if someone brought one in a room!

Cathy said...

I have two. Spiders and vomit!

Cx

Jen said...

I've always been phobic about heights, but now I have a brand new one about the man-eating spider that lives in one of my basement closets. I only saw it once, and we've never been able to find it again (mainly because I refuse to let anyone open the door to look). It's a good thing that there's nothing that I desperately need in there :-)

Other spiders don't bother me...just that one!

Bettina said...

I would guess that my reaction to spiders is a little...... over the top lol

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Fear of getting involved with 'another' guy with mental problems.

Zoƫ said...

Maggots, cant look at them at all, not even on TV.

MZUNGU CHICK said...

I understand that you know you're getting old when your take your bra off and the wrinkles fall out of your face - which is causing me serious chronophobia and barophobia .... Arggh ! !

R.E.H. said...

I have a trememdous fear of hights... nothing I wouldn't overcome if chased by wasps, though. Wasps are my number one fear... I seriously panic whenever one of those heinous bugs come flying in my space.

This would be on account of me sitting down on one of their nests at the age of 5, being chased down the street by a swarm of them and stung about 30 times.

lime said...

not sure it rises to the level of phobia since i manage to endure it but i really HATE hair salons and hair dressers. i'ts not a pleasant thing for me. i'd quite honestly rather go to the dentist and have my teeth drilled.

Queen Vixen said...

Spiders is my big one. A complex phobia as my Dad was afraid of them too. I learnt to be scared plus I got regularly terrorised by huge big ones in our outside loo, as a kid.

vic said...

I have Didaskaleinophobia! Being a teacher and all! hehe.
Seriously though, I can't do spiders. Other fears I try and overcome...I think.

buffalodickdy said...

Remember the Frank Herbert book "Dune"? They had a mantra in it that began "Fear is the mind-killer".. I used to fear death, until I almost died once. Living will always be harder than dying- but well worth the effort!

captain corky said...

I have gotten a panic attack from time to time, and I'm not real good when it comes to pressure at work, but besides that I'm perfect in every way. ;)

laughingwolf said...

good stuff, cas...

dunno if i have a touch of acrophobia, fear of falling, or what... but none prevent me from attempting anything, so no 'true' phobias, per se

Phil Plasma said...

I haven't any phobias for which I am aware. Maybe my phobia is of awareness of my own phobias.

Flea said...

Yes, Pentheraphobia - the fear of mother in laws. Just mine.

Seriously? I don't classify it as a fear, but I hate being late.

LittleBrownDog said...

It seems a lot of us have phobias. Mine is getting lost - I get very tense if I'm driving somewhere I haven't been before and have to keep checking the map to make sure I still know where I am. Silly really - I don't know what I imagine would happen if I did happen to get lost, but I can get really stressed about it. I'm also a bit phobic about motorways. I think it's the fear that I can't just stop or turn off when I feel like it - I have to wait for the next junction.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I'm claustrophobic REALLY bad. Always have been. I also have a fear of spiders and snakes... there was a dead snake on my porch once, I KNEW it was dead, and I couldn't leave my house till my neighbor came and removed it. I used to pass out with needles too, until I got pregnant with my oldest. I got over that thank God! One of my biggest ones though is fear of someone breaking into my house and/or fear of my house burning down. Wonder what that's called?!
I had to laugh at this one: Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law.
I think I may have a little of that too! HA!

abstractjenn said...

I hate to fly. More specifically I hate the take off and the landing. Although I truly do believe that if God gets me over the airport he's going to let the plane land safely.
When boarding a plane I get sweaty palms, rapid heart beat, shortness of breath the whole thing. Its gotten to the point where I have to take an anti -anxiety medication when I fly.

The good news is I don't let it stop me from flying. I just self medicate and bear it.

Graffiti said...

My phobia is

hihohihophobia - a fear of small men who work in mines

Graffiti

Christy said...

This reminds me of the scene with Lucy and Charlie Brown in which she asks for a nickle in return for advice on his phobias.

My biggest fear would be losing my family. I think I could pretty much handle anything else. Though I pretty much loathe snakes.

Frances said...

No, don't think that I actually have phobias, but those lists you showed us surely did open up possibilities I had not considered!

Maybe, what I have are more like aversions, strong aversions.
xo

Annieye said...

Ouija boards. Very scary experience when I was fifteen.

Maddy said...

I think I'm phobia free but I have learned more about them over the years, more than I ever imagined.
Best wishes

aims said...

When I was about 13 - a boy put a live snake down my shirt.
Snakes it is for me!

katy said...

not sure if i have a phobia but i hate being in over crowded places

Norah said...

No phobias here, but I have many, many very strong and invasive fears. Just not of one particular thing :P.

(Was once diagnosed with generalised fear disorder)

Ange said...

Well, I have like 25 anxiety disorders, so I have phobias out of the wahzo! I have lots of phobias which lead to panic attacks, but they all pretty much lead to the same big things "fear of not being good enough" and "fear of being a disapointment." Yeah, a lot of it comes from childhood. I'm also pretty much afraid of anything I cannot control, which is, um, everything.

DJ Kirkby said...

I have emetephobia - fear of vomit/ing.

Debs said...

Spiders, monkeys, maggots are my phobias although I have no idea where any of these fears originally came from.

Billy said...

phobophobia, or the fear that I might develop a phobia.

Peggy Sez.. said...

Agoraphobia.I could barely leave the house,by myself,for almost four years.I have in under control now,only occasionally having to give myself a pep talk so I can leave the house! I'm sure other phobias were intertwined with that one and ALL stemming from childhood crapola...LOL

Celticspirit said...

I have a couple of odd phobias. Moths and Crickets. Weird huh? I have a fear of heights but it seems to be lessening as I get older.

Billy said...

phobophobia, or the fear that I might develop a phobia.

moooooog35 said...

I have phobiaphobia.

It's a fear of phobias.

Jodi said...

i seem to have a constant steady fear of tomorrow, of what's next, even though it's usually something i've done a zillion times...

Tom Foolery (TF) said...

Fear of dentists....TFX

bodran... said...

Spider's and webs of course. could easily become agrophobic, but fight it, may be thats part of the cellar phobia i have to ? both mixed up xx

vic said...

Another phobia, I forgot this one. Tortoises. Petrified of them. Hate them. They really make me shudder.

Chris H said...

Nope, not really! Theres a few things I don't particularly like... but not phobic about anything. Thank goodness! There's enough in my life to make me crabby without adding a phobia, lol.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Spiders, sand, snow, flying and sailing. Can't think of any more apart from men!

Crystal xx

Ian Lidster said...

I am very acrophobic and my fear of heights can be almost crippling. Never had it when I was young. It only came to me in midddle age. Ironically, it doesn't bother me at all to go up in an airplane.

But Why? said...

Frogs and toads. I blame the cat we had when I was three, the brown (toad-coloured) carpet which lay in the hallway, and my habit of being barefoot whenever possible. Squelch...

nitebyrd said...

Clowns. They scare the begeebers out of me.

leslie said...

Gee, I thought "snakes" would show up more often. That's mine! and worms! I realize that it's because they have no legs. Lizards, turtles, and other reptiles don't bother me as long as they have legs. Weird...but that's me. ;D

Nancy said...

Snakes, and I have never, in all of my 52 years, touched one.

::: shivers :::

misha_k said...

I have a massive phobia of spiders. Seeing them in a book or on teelvision, or even a toy freaks me out.

Patti said...

Claustrophobic, that's me. I don't like heights too much either, if someone makes me look out of the window (downward). Straight out is OK.

This was interesting, as always, Casdok.

Suzy said...

First of all, great choice of the Munch Painting. It is one of my favorites. I saw the original in New York once and it is amazing.

I may be too neurotic to have any real phobias, just a general overall neuorotic.

Love to you and C.

Suzy

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

Nope, no phobias for me. I have a lot of things I'd rather avoid, but they don't affect me socially.

Little Wing said...

Rats. They terrify me.

Preposterous Ponderings said...

I suffer from severe panic attacks.I am on medication for them.

I never wish them on anyone.

Most of mine stem from things that happened to me in my childhood.

Beau McClelland said...

Guns

Extreme height - though I love roller coasters. Go figure...

Spiders

People who don't know how to drive, yet have a license regardless

And I have never revealed this before to anyone, but I am afraid of the dark.

and by the way, the link to my blog changed, due to abuse from a certain autism hater... you can find it in my blogger profile if you want to keep reading it.

Jan said...

No phobias, no fears. Nothing to talk about.

Social Skills said...

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Paul F. said...

I've just realized that the only thing that makes me really mentally unstable is losing my job. I guess that is a phobia because I live in fear everyday now.

BBC said...

Whatever.

slouching mom said...

flying on airplanes. which i do anyway, but i HATE.

Rosa said...

I have a fear of escalators. I can ride up on one but not down. When I look down and see the stairs going so fast, I fear I'll put one foot on it and leave the other foot on the floor, or I'll step on the crack of it and just fall down the whole thing. I avoid them.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Nope. No phobias here. Except being eaten by a leopard. Scares the hell outta me.

KAREN CLARKE said...

Vomiting - so does my best friend. Quite common apparently.

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Hmm... fear of falling has always been a big one... what does that say about me...?

BenefitScroungingScum said...

I'm afraid of spiders, but the cat is massively agoraphobic! BG

James said...

I'm afraid of clowns.

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