Friday, November 20, 2009

Japanophobia: The Fear of Japanese

Japanophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of Japan, Japanese people or the Japanese culture.

Japanophobia may be another phobia that occurs more out of hatred than fear.

If it does not occur out of hatred then as with any phobia this one could be caused by a traumatic event that occurred in Japan or that involved a Japanese person.

There is not much information on Japanophobia so if you suffer from this phobia please share your story. What caused this phobia and how does it affect your life?

Ideophobia: The Fear of Ideas

Ideophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of new or different ideas. Some who suffer from this phobia are afraid of ideas period.

This is another one of those phobias that people don't talk about much so I couldn't find any solid information on it.

If you suffer from Ideophobia please share your story. How did it start and how does it affect your life?

Ichthyophobia: The Fear of Fish

Ichthyophobia is the irrational and persistent fear of fish. The phobia can relate to the fear of dead fish, the fear of eating fish or just an overall fear of fish. Those who suffer from this phobia may also have a fear of the ocean as well

I found a great article that was written by someone who suffers from Ichthyophobia. She shares her personal experiences with the phobia. Read it here.

Do you suffer from Ichthyophobia? Please share your story. What caused this irrational fear of fish and how does it affect your life?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Harpaxophobia: The Fear of Being Robbed

Harpaxophobia is the abnormal and irrational fear of being robbed. This phobia can be caused by being robbed or knowing someone that was.

Robberies can be traumatic experiences and any traumatic experience can put you at a high risk of developing a phobia. The number one cause of this phobia is a traumatic experience that involves robbery, but what causes Harpaxophobia in those who have never been victims of robbery?

The news is filled every day with stories about robberies. It makes people more aware that it could happen to them and this can trigger the phobia in certain people.

Do you suffer from Harpaxophobia? Please share your story. How does it affect you? What happened to trigger the phobia?

Hamartophobia: The Fear of Sinning

Hamartophobia is the abnormal and irrational fear of sinning.

Most of us don't like to sin, but those with this phobia will have an anxiety attack at even the thought of sinning.

If you suffer from Hamartophobia, please share your story. What impact does this phobia have on your life? Do certain sins cause more distress than others?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gerascophobia: The Fear of Growing Old

Gerascophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of growing old.

I don't know of many people who actually look forward to getting older, but those with Gerascophobia are so afraid of growing old that they will have anxiety attacks and break out into sweats just at the thought of getting older.

Some with this phobia may even wish to die at a young age so that they don't get old. They fear the unknown and they fear mental diseases, having to wear diapers, being lonely, losing their independence and a multitude of other things.

If you have Gerascophobia please share your story. Why are you afraid of growing old?

Geliophobia: The Fear of Laughter

Geliophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of laughter. Those with the phobia become afraid that they will smile or laugh at inappropriate times. Jokes, comedies and funny situations can cause them to feel extreme anxiety.

Geliophobia can be caused by embarrassment from laughing at an inappropriate time, being mistreated and made fun of, or from uncorrected orthodontic problems.

If you have Geliophobia please share your story. What triggered the phobia and how does it affect your life?

Francophobia: The Fear of France

Francophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of France. It is also known as gallophobia and galiophobia.

Those who suffer from Francophobia have an extreme hatred of the country, the people and the culture. There is a website that is devoted to Francophobia called I Hate France.

There are quite a few sites that talk about Francophobia and I'm not sure at this point if this is a true phobia or just an extreme hate. It could be hatred caused by fear, but none of the sites are really clear on this.

If you have this phobia please share your story. Do you just hate France and anything that has to do with it or are you truly afraid?

Frigophobia: The Fear of Cold or Cold Things

Frigophobia is the abnormal and irrational fear of cold or cold things. Those who suffer with this phobia will bundle up in jackets and blankets even when the weather isn't cold.

Frigophobia can make it difficult to do things when the temperature is too low. This can make for a very long, hard winter. Those who have the phobia just can't function properly in the cold.

Some believe that it may be linked to hypochondria or obsessive compulsive disorder.

If you have Frigophobia please share your story. How does it affect you and how do you cope with this phobia during the winter?

Ecclesiophobia: The Fear of Church

Ecclesiophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of church. Everyone is afraid of something and some people are afraid of church.

I couldn't find any information on this one at all. If you have this phobia or know someone who does I need your help. Please share your story and let us know about this phobia.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thank You!

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read my posts and share your stories. I never imagined that this blog would be so well accepted when I started it. I apologize for not responding to every comment individually, but I have received so many and I can't seem to catch up. I do read every comment that is left though and I sincerely appreciate every single one.

Please keep sharing your stories. They are so important in raising awareness about phobias. There are too many people in this world who don't understand the impact that phobias can have on a persons life.

Thanks again!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Diplophobia: The Fear of Double Vision

Diplophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of double vision.

As kids we were always told that if we make ugly faces then our faces will stay that way and if we cross our eyes they will stay that way or we will see double. I never really thought too much about it, but some people develop an extreme fear because of those little warnings.

In fact someone with Diplophobia developed the phobia
because their mother told them that if they crossed their eyes they would permanently see double. It goes to show that even the most harmless words can do so much damage.

There's not a lot of information on this phobia and I wonder if they're are any other triggers. If you have Diplophobia please share your story. What triggered it and how does it affect your life?

Dromophobia: The Fear of Crossing Streets

Dromophobia is the irrational and extreme fear of crossing streets. Some may see this phobia as one of the more benign ones, but take a moment and imagine never crossing another street. See how it interupts your daily activities.

This phobia can be caused by a traumatic event occurring while crossing the street. Examples of this are almost or getting ran over by a vehicle or witnessing someone getting ran over. Embarassing moments while crossing the street may also trigger this phobia. I slipped and literally slid across the street in front of my school when I was in the 5th grade. I was so embarrassed that I didn't want to have to cross the street again because I was afraid I would fall again. I also never wore the shoes that I was wearing that day again. I wouldn't say that I have this phobia, but till this day I hate crossing the street.

If you have Dromophobia please share your story. How does it affect your life and what triggered it?

Chemophobia: The Fear of Chemicals

Chemophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of chemicals or working with chemicals. This phobia has grown rapidly over the last few years. Information on most phobias is hard to find on the internet, but if you Google Chemophobia you will find tons of links.

Most people develop this phobia because they fear the unknown. Many people know nothing about chemicals and what they do know is usually from what they hear on T.V. The media is notorious for only reporting the bad things that happen, so when people are injured or killed by chemicals this is all people know.

Other causes of the phobia could be a traumatic event involving chemicals. Those who are severely injured or know someone who has been injured or killed by chemicals are prime candidates for this phobia.

Chemicals are everywhere and trying to avoid them would have to be a full time job, so I can imagine how frustrating this phobia could be. If you have this phobia, please share your story with us. How long have you had it and what triggered it? More importantly, how do you cope with it?

Carnophobia: The Fear of Meat

Carnophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of meat. There are many people who choose not to eat meat because it comes from animals, but those with Carnophobia are afraid of it.

Carnophobia could be caused by a traumatic experience that involved meat. An example of this would be choking on a piece of meat or witnessing someone choke on a piece of meat that had a bad outcome.

I've choked on meat before, but I'm a fat kid, so I didn't stop eating it. I am a lot more cautious now though.

Do you have Carnophobia? If you do, please share your story. What caused it and how do you deal with it?

Barophobia: The Fear of Gravity

Barophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of gravity. They strongly believe that they may be crushed by the force of gravity. Some are fearful that gravity will fail and they will float away.

Possible causes are sustaining an injury from a fall or seeing or knowing someone who fell and was severely injured or died.

If you have this phobia share your story. How do you cope and what triggered your Barophobia?

Bacteriophobia: The Fear of Bacteria

Bacteriophobia is the irrational and extreme fear of bacteria and other microorganisms. A severe case of this phobia can make a person feel that bacteria will cause their death.

My niece just recently admitted to having this phobia. When she washes dishes she rinses them immediately and doesn't place them in the other side of the sink like some do. She feels that the other side of the sink is dirty.

Possible causes of this phobia are a person having a bacterial infection that made them very ill or witnessing the death of someone who had a bacterial infection.

If you suffer from Bacteriophobia please share your story. How do you cope with this phobia?

Agraphobia: The Fear of Sexual Abuse

Agraphobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of Sexual Abuse.

Agraphobia is a common condition, but it is not well known. Most people who suffer from Agraphobia have had a past link between emotional trauma and sexual abuse.

Those with Agraphobia don’t have to personally experience sexual abuse to suffer from the phobia. Agraphobia can be triggered by just watching sexual abuse on T.V.

If you have this phobia, please share your story and help raise awareness of Agraphobia.

Aeronausiphobia: The Fear of Vomiting because of Airsickness

Aeronausiphobia is the irrational and extreme fear of vomiting that is caused by airsickness.

This one is easy for me to imagine because I tend to have motion sickness quite often. It's one thing when your in your car with family or friends, but when you're on an airplane with strangers the idea of puking all over the place can be terrifying.

If you've been on an airplane before and have become airsick then most likely you have developed this phobia. Social puking no matter the cause can be extremely embarrassing and if you've done it once you don't want to do it again!

If you have this phobia please share your story. When did it begin and how do you deal with it?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Commitment Phobia: The Fear of Commitment

Do you have a fear of commitment? Commitment phobia affects the lives of many people. It doesn’t matter if it’s your cell phone contract, that new job or a new relationship, commitment phobia can have a harmful impact on your life.

So you really want that new phone, but you have to extend your contract another two years…ummmm never mind I don’t want the phone that bad. That new job sounds great, but it requires atleast a year commitment. You really need the extra money it would provide, but you just can’t do it. You’ve really been feeling that person you’ve been dating for the last 2 years, but you break out in hives every time you hear the word marriage.

Those who have this phobia are major “what if” thinkers. What if I want to switch cell phone carriers? What if I hate the new job? What if I get married and I meet someone else? What if…what if…what if?! You can “what if” everything in your life, but the bottom line is that it’s not going to change anything. If you hide from everything, your life will become so isolated that no one in their right mind will want to deal with you anymore.

If you suffer from commitment phobia get help, because living with an out of control phobia is not living.

What are you afraid of committing to and why?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chionophobia: The Fear of Snow

Chionophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of snow. This phobia can be caused by a traumatic snowstorm or like other phobias you may not know exactly what triggered the fear. Most people with phobias just know that they have them and never really know why.

This is a phobia where you can separate yourself from the fear, but it would involve moving. If you live in an area where there is lots of snow every year then you may want to consider moving somewhere it doesn’t snow very much or at all.

Phobias sometimes sound funny, but they can become serious medical conditions so don’t hesitate on getting help because you’re afraid of being laughed at. Phobias disrupt lives and should always be taken seriously.

If you suffer from Chionophobia, please share your story.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Euphobia: The Fear of Getting Good News

There are tons of phobias and while some can be easily understood, others are not. Euphobia is the irrational fear of hearing good news. Can you imagine? If I get good news then it’s great day no matter what else happens. Those who have Euphobia are basically afraid of or strongly dislike anything that brings happiness.

Those who suffer from Euphobia do not have the ability to be happy for someone else and they cannot be happy about anything happening in their own lives. This has to be one of the toughest phobias to have. It doesn’t seem like those with this phobia have the ability to be happy at all.

If you have Euphobia please share your story.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Fear of Butterflies

Are you afraid of butterflies? There is no official name for this phobia, but it is referred to as Lepidopterphobia. This comes from the term Lepidopterans, which is the order of insects that include butterflies and moths. This phobia is also linked to Mottephobia, the fear of moths.

Since there is no official name for this phobia yet, there isn’t a lot of information about it so if you have this phobia please share your story.

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