10 Unusual And Weird Phobias
Phobia is not just a kind of fear. It’s normal to be afraid of something. A phobia is is an extremely strong fear of a situation or thing. We all have heard about such phobias like fear of darkness, fear of enclosed spaces and so on. But they are not the only ones. People tend to be afraid of the strangest things! I googled for some more interesting phobias, and that’s what I found.
1. Ablutophobia- Fear of washing or bathing.
This phobia is a situational specific phobia. Ablutophobia tends to be more common in children and women than in men and especially with those people who are very emotional. Ablutophobia, like all phobias, is a protective mechanism created by the unconscious as a result of trauma. This trauma could be caused by a real event or scare, or it could be caused by seeing someone else or someone on television experience some sort of scare. The unconscious links this horrifying event to the act of bathing. In an attempt to avoid this event, or one similar, the brain creates physical symptoms to avoid washing. Since the two acts have been linked, the brain reasons that if the body can bypass washing it can also escape the hazard. I hope not meeting such person on scorcher!
2. Alektorophobia- Fear of chickens.
Most people, who are suffering from this weird kind of fear, start to sweat when around chickens. They feel a constant tickle of worry that the chicken might become aggressive or conspiratorial and attack them and contaminate their body with infection on their body. The actual fear lies in the fact that the person may think that the chicken may peck him at any time or swoop upon to cause unnecessary fear.
3. Alliumphobia- Fear of garlic.
Apparently people with alliumphobia get severe panic attacks or anxiety when in close proximity to garlic. A person with alliumphobia must have quite a rough time because almost everything we eat in contains some form of garlic!
4. Anthrophobia or Anthophobia- Fear of flowers.
Sufferers experience undue anxiety even though they realize they face no threat from flowers. Any genus or species of flowers can instill fear, as can any flower part, such as a petal or stem.
5. Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
Some of us think we have it when we try to do our homework. The symptoms of this phobia include breathlessness, dizziness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, nausea, feeling sick, heart palpitations, inability to speak of think clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality of a full blown anxiety attack. Bibliophobia can cause disruptions at work, school, and in social relations.
6. Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia- Fear of money.
Sufferers experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. They worry that they might mismanage money or that money might live up to its reputation as “the root of all evil.”
7. Cyberphobia- Fear of computers or working on a computer.
This term was coined in 1985 as an aversion or anxiety caused by technology (Harris). A Dell Computer study shows 55% of people have some fear of technology. 36% of office computer users feel their skill levels are inadequate. Cyberphobia is a close relative to technophobia-the fear of technology. Computers are obviously a part of the technology movement in our world today. The greatest thing that cyberphobia and technophobia have in common is called Technostress. Some of the typical reactions to cyberphobia and technophobia are the refusal of people to: do their assigned tasks, use technology or computers, back up computer programs, save documents, close programs, clean up hard drives.
8. Ephebiphobia- Fear of youth.
First coined as the “fear and loathing of teenagers,” today the phenomenon is recognized as the “inaccurate, exaggerated and sensational characterization of young people” . The fear of youth, along with fear of street culture and the fear of crime, is said to have been in Western culture for “time immemorial”.
9. Eurotophobia- Fear of female genitalia.
A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of genitals, particularly female that compels avoidance, despite the understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. I wish your boyfriends wouldn’t have this fear..
10. Samhainophobia- Fear of Halloween.
Samain is an ancient Pagan festival of the dead who are said to walk the earth one night of the year Christianity has changed our beliefs somewhat since then but we do celebrate Samain today its just that we call it Halloween. Like all fears and phobias, samhainophobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. In some cases the acctual cause may be unknown.But In other cases it may due to some trauma in ones past. Wether the trauma is from the holiday,or an event that happend during the holiday.
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