Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thantophobia: The Fear of Death

Thantophobia is the irrational fear of death. This phobia is extremely unhealthy and it greatly diminishes the quality of life. When you are in constant fear of death, it is impossible to enjoy life. All you know and all you experience in life is extreme anxiety 24 hours day, 7 days a week.

Violent movies, violent video games and news stories on violent crimes, unhealthy foods and recalled medicines are all believed to contribute to this phobia. Hypochondria is most likely linked to this phobia as well.

I’ve talked to a few people who are more afraid of death now after the recent untimely deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Billy Mays. The bottom line is that life is short and our days are numbered. None of us knows when or how we will leave this world. We shouldn’t spend what time we have left worrying about when we will die. Live your life to the fullest, because no amount of worrying is going to change anything.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Telephonophobia: The Fear of Telephones

Can you imagine being afraid of using the telephone? Those who suffer from Telephonophobia know exactly how this feels. Telephonophobia is the fear of telephones. Usually the fear is not of the actual phone, but of making and receiving calls.

One possible cause of this phobia is a bad experience involving a phone. Another possibility is that it is a result of Phonophobia—the fear of sounds. The sound of the phone ringing may trigger Phonophobia and overtime this could result in Telephonophobia.

If your stomach gets upset, you have a panic attack when the phone rings or even at the thought of making a phone call or if you go out of your way to avoid answering or making telephone calls then you may have this phobia.

Overcoming Fear: Fear Quotes

Everyone experiences fear even if it is not to the point of being a phobia. We are all afraid of something at some point in our lives. I’m afraid of not being financially stable and of not being able to succeed as a writer. Sometimes these fears overcome me and it keeps me from doing what I need to do to succeed. Fear can be overwhelming if we let it get out of control. In one of his inaugural speeches, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Here are some more quotes about fear…

“Death is not the biggest fear we have, our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive—the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” –Don Miguel Ruiz

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” –Dorothy Thompson

“The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness.” –Dorothy Thompson

“You must do things you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” –James Thurber

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.” –Mary Manin Morrissey

“Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it.” –Henry S. Haskins

Do something today that you are afraid to do. Don’t let your fear hold you back from succeeding in your life. Be brilliant…be fearless!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gelotophobia: The Fear of Being Laughed At

No one likes to be laughed at especially if they don’t know why they are being laughed at. If you’re a sensitive person, like me, being laughed at can be cruel and unusual punishment. Those who cannot handle being laughed at may develop a very serious phobia called Gelotophobia.

Gelotophobia is the irrational and sometimes debilitating fear of being laughed at. Those who suffer from this phobia may hear someone laughing across a room or store and think that the person is laughing at them. This can cause the person to become extremely anxious and start sweating and trembling.

Gelotophobia became a distinct phobia and was given its name about ten years ago. It is currently being researched and statistics are still being gathered to determine exactly how many people are affected by this phobia throughout the world. As of the most recent studies approximately 14% of people in the United States are affected by this phobia.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Alektorophobia: The Fear of Chickens

Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens. This fear can be of a live chicken, uncooked chicken or a fear of the feathers or eggs of a chicken. Alektorophobia is caused by a traumatic event that involved a chicken. If someone has been chased or pecked by an angry chicken then it would be possible for them to develop this phobia.

This phobia can be mild to severe. A person may fear uncooked chicken, but still be able to be around live chickens or they may be terrified of live chickens, but still be able to eat the chicken. The most severe case of Alektorophobia would be a person who fears anything that has to do with chickens and cannot even look at or touch a chicken in any form.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lachanophobia: The Fear of Vegetables

Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables. I hated eating vegetables when I was kid, but I don’t think I was afraid of them. This is one of those extra interesting phobias, and of course I’m finding difficulty finding information about it. I would really like to know what triggers this phobia. Are you born with it? Is it every vegetable or just a few?
If anyone has any information on this phobia please leave a comment. If I find any more information I will update this post.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Venustraphobia: The Fear of Beautiful Women

Imagine trying to talk to a beautiful woman and you feel your heart begin to race, you get sweaty and you can’t think straight. If this has happened to you then you may have Venustraphobia.

Venustraphobia is the fear of beautiful women. Basically those who have this phobia find it impossible to talk to beautiful women. Their anxiety levels increase dramatically and they are physically and mentally incapable of initiating or sustaining a conversation with this woman.

One possible cause of Venustraphobia is negative experiences with women in the past. If you get turned down over and over, it’s only a matter of time before you begin to fear approaching another woman. This may increase the second possible cause of Venustraphobia which is a negative self-image. If you don’t feel good about yourself then approaching someone that you feel is out of your league is impossible to do.

If you suffer from this phobia please share your experiences. Not only will it help you to talk about, but it will also help the world to understand that phobias like these are real.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Selachophobia: The Fear of Sharks

Selachophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of sharks. Those who suffer from this phobia usually will not swim in the ocean and some will not swim in any kind of water, even swimming pools. This phobia can be so severe that looking at pictures or seeing sharks on TV can send their anxiety levels sky-rocketing.

The movie Jaws may have a lot to do with an increase in the number of people who suffer from Selachophobia. This is much like the possibility that the movie It may have contributed to more people developing Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.

I wouldn’t say that I have Selachophobia, but you won’t find me hanging out in the ocean anytime soon. For those of you who do have it, hang in there. You can overcome it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Amathophobia: The Fear of Dust

Amathophobia is the fear of dust. It is also known as Koniophobia. I live in West Texas and I’m glad I don’t have to deal with this one. West Texas is one of the worst places someone with Amathophobia could live. The sand is always blowing and keeping the dust off the furniture is a full time job.

Those with Amathophobia are highly aware that the dust is not a threat to them, but they still have an extreme fear of it. They constantly clean and they don’t like going anywhere that may be dirty. Some may think that this phobia is silly, but all of us who have phobias understand how they can consume you. Imagine cleaning your house over and over again and you still feel that it’s not clean enough or how about having to visit friends or family whose houses aren’t clean enough for you to feel comfortable in. This causes some crazy anxiety and there is nothing silly about that.
Amathophobia is very serious and if you are suffering from it get help as soon as possible. Life is hard enough to deal with without having to deal with these pesky phobias. It’s never too late to get your life back.

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