The Most Improbable List of Phobias

So, I was talking to one of my fellow patients, a dearly nice girl from Great Britain who has OCD and several phobias (OCD= Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, for those who aren’t familiar with the term)… and I found myself wondering about fear, and the things that cause it. I can imagine people being afraid of certain things, you know. I can even imagine them being so afraid it controls one’s life and interferes with normal functioning. Heights, closed spaces, dogs, spiders, poison, cancer, even clowns… I can imagine that. But people are afraid of the weirdest things, it seems. The total irrationality of phobias comes clear when the object of anxiety is just plain stupid.

So, for your enjoyment, I have made this little list of highly ridiculous phobias. Have a laugh, and be grateful it doesn’t happen to you…

  • Allodoxaphobia – Fear of opinions.
  • Arithmophobia – Fear of numbers, fear of mathematics (one disease I would never be able to live with…)
  • Asymmetriphobia – Fear of asymmetrical things.
  • Barophobia – Fear of gravity. (Now that imposes kind of a problem…)
  • Caligynephobia – Fear of beautiful women. (If you ever needed to be reassured…)
  • Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia – Fear of money.
  • Consecotaleophobia – Fear of chopsticks. (I wonder…)
  • Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions.
  • Dextrophobia – Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
  • Epistemophobia – Fear of knowledge. (perfect excuse for not studying)
  • Hellenologophobia – Fear of Greek terms (yes. It exists.)
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – Fear of long words. (just saying…)
  • Liticaphobia – Fear of lawsuits. (these people don’t watch Judging Amy, that’s for sure)
  • Omphalophobia – Fear of belly buttons. (OMG.)
  • Politicophobia – Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians. (in certain cases… I understand this one)
  • Phobophobia – Fear of being afraid (Now then you really have a problem.)
  • Vestiphobia – Fear of clothing. (also known as “the exhibitionist’s disease”)
  • Zemmiphobia – Fear of the great mole rat. (I wonder where that comes from… I wouldn’t even know what the thing looks like!)

Note that I don’t make fun of phobic people; phobias are horrible to have. But one has to admit they can be quite ridiculous…

About quantumphysica

My name is QuantumPhysica The Insane, but you can call me QP. I am insane, admitted to a mental hospital in Belgium, and waiting for a decent diagnosis at the moment. Once I was a physics student with goals in life and what more; now I'm simply the patient of Room 93. Ever wondered what life is like in the psychiatric ward? I'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know... I am... particularly twitchy of personality. But I also am genuinely interested in everything. There is nothing that doesn't interest me, really. Everything, from quantum computers to fashion and cars to traveling... I also give advice. On anything. No taboos whatsoever. And I make lists of things...
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4 Responses to The Most Improbable List of Phobias

  1. journalpulp says:

    My sister is severely ailurophobic AND musophobic — and I mean severely. I don’t know how she functions (but she does). I once seriously saw a gummy rat — the candy kind, which you and I eat — reduce her to tears through a candy store window.

    Siderodromophobia is one that’s always interested me, though I don’t have it.

    I am acrophobic and often dream of myself paralyzed at mind-spinning heights — stratospheric heights, wherein I see the world far down below as a small ball through the clouds. Always, I’m on some precarious structure, like a narrow bridge, and can barely move. But I’m always trying to make myself move.

    The philias are perhaps equally interesting:

    Acrotomophilia: lust for the limbless
    Cacophonophilia: love of harsh sounds (from the word “cacaphony”)
    Dendrophilia: love of trees.
    Ecdysiophilia: sexual attraction for strippers
    Formicophilia: sexual arousal by insects crawling upon your genitals (yikes).

    “The mind has mountains, cliffs of fall frightful sheer no man fathomed …”

    I really like your website.

    • Thanks!
      You are right, the philias are certainly equally interesting, and if I get it correctly, equally disturbing for one’s daily life…
      Phobias and fear in general is a fascinating topic. I wonder what the origins of it are… (of “irrational” fear, I mean)
      Does your phobia interfere with your daily life? And -this is something I have no clue about- is it possible to do something about it?

  2. journalpulp says:

    No, my phobia doesn’t interfere with my daily life (it never really has, because it’s so specific,although there have been times — for example, at an amusement park once), and I have actually made great strides in overcoming it.

    Retrospectively, I see that the most important factor in getting a grip on my acrophobia was in the desire to overcome it. It meant quite a bit to me, and I forced myself on a regular basis to, for example, carefully climb up and down the steel ladder of a tall tower. Of course, in addition to the initial desire, there is that necessity next of doing — or facing — what one is afraid of, but that initial desire had to come first. Part of my motivation, frankly, was to see if it was possible to overcome. At some point, I believe, when pushed back to the basics, human action must ultimately be willed, and my experience with my own fears and philias more or less confirmed this.

    And what about you, Ms. QuantumPhysica The Insane? Have you found yourself able to reign in your phobias — if, that is, you possess any at all?

    • I can agree with what you say about wanting to overcome your fear. I have met people here with all sorts of problems, and they can be roughly divided into two categories: those who have accepted their problem and really actively want to overcome it or learn to deal with it, and those who sort of wallow in it, are still a bit (or very much) in denial, and aren’t really convinced they can do something about it.
      I don’t mean to say anything about the gravity of their problems, but sure is that those who are motivated, make bigger progress. (at least, it seems to me they make progress, I’m not the doctor here xD )

      I am many things, but phobic isn’t really one of them… I have severe moodswings, and discontinuities in my personality that involve even change of handwriting and sexual preference. I haven’t been diagnosed correctly, although many people have already taken a shot at giving it a name… (that’s how I ended up making the Bipolarity Hat, to celebrate that -presumably- wrong diagnose)
      Phobias fascinate me, because so many other people here have them…

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