Do You Have A Phobia? Have You Ever Heard of These?

United States
February 12, 2016 10:01am CST
I definitely have a phobia. Fear of spiders!! I’m trying to figure out how to spell it. (Arachnophobia, I think.) My dictionary is downstairs. Many people are also afraid of heights. (Acrophobia) But I found some of which I had NEVER heard. Let’s see if you have heard of these. Androphobia: Fear of men Gynophobia: Fear of women Pentheraphobia: Fear of a mother-in-law Scopophobia: Fear of being looked at… Mageiricophobia: Intense fear of having to cook I think my daughter has this. Actually, she just doesn't like to cook and seldom does. Papaphobia: Fear of Popes Taphephobia: Fear of being buried alive Clinophobia: Fear of beds Pogonophobia: Fear of beards Gephyrophobia: Fear of bridges. I understand that with some bridges, there are actually persons assigned to the bridge that will drive a person’s car over the bridge for them. I have a friend who has had this done for her. She is also afraid of heights. And this one really surprised me: Arachibutyrophobia: Since it started with Arach, I immediately thought it had something to do with spiders but it actually means: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. I’m not laughing about this, because I can understand it. I guess different persons can develop a fear of almost anything, and then, of course, someone has to come up with a name for it. Phobias are very real and no laughing matter. They may seem irrational to persons who don’t suffer from them, but fear of something can just lead to a compelling desire to avoid it OR it can be a disabling fear, so intense that it affects a person to the point of changing their whole life pattern. Do you have a phobia or know someone who does?
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@JudyEv (100470)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 16
I think there is a fear of having a phobia too. Maybe I have the cooking one. I certainly don't like cooking.
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• United States
14 Feb 16
Yes, fear of fearing, is called phobophobia.
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@JudyEv (100470)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@IreneVincent Thanks. That's an easy one.
• United States
13 Feb 16
My sister in law was deathly afraid of bridges. She would lay on the floor in the backseat of the car if they had to cross a bridge
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• United States
14 Feb 16
Fear of bridges is fairly common, I understand. Sometimes I even get a shiver when I cross a tall bridge. I also have a fear of going under a railroad bridge when the train is rolling over it.
@polaris77 (2020)
• Bacau, Romania
12 Feb 16
Luckily I don't suffer from any of the weird phobias you mentioned; as a matter of fact, my biggest phobia is the same as yours: arachnophobia. I can't stand spiders unless they are small. Anyway, I read somewhere that this is the most widespread phobia worldwide, so from this point of view we are not different from millions of other citizens of the world.
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• United States
12 Feb 16
I guess that is good to know. I also read that there are thousands of spiders per acre of land. That creeps me out.