Do You Have A Phobia? Have You Ever Heard of These?
By Alice Henry
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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• 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.