Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hemophobia: The Fear of Blood

Hemophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of blood. Those who suffer from this phobia will usually faint when they see blood.

Like other phobias, some type of trauma can cause Hemophobia during childhood. This phobia may have a genetic link as well.

If you suffer from this phobia, please let us know how it affects your life.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Social Phobia: The Fear of Being Evaluated Negatively in Social Situations

One of the most common phobias is Social phobia and it is the 3rd largest mental health problem in the world. Social phobia, also known as social anxiety, is the irrational fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations. Approximately 7% of the population suffers from this phobia.

Those who suffer from Social phobia do not like to be out in public because they always feel like people are watching them. They know that they are not really being watched, but they can’t make that feeling stop. They also don’t like to do anything that involves talking to someone else whether it be in person or on the phone because they are afraid they are going to make a fool out of themselves. Making phone calls, going to the grocery store, going to a party or even going to church can be horrible experiences for these people.

Social phobia is a very troubling phobia because those who suffer from it have a serious inability to relax. They cannot enjoy life, because all they know is extreme anxiety. If you suffer from Social phobia please share your story.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Arachnophobia: The Fear of Spiders

I thought I would throw one of the most common phobias in tonight. Arachnophobia is the irrational and exaggerated fear of spider. Most of us know about this one and millions of people suffer from it.

Those who suffer from arachnophobia do not like to be anywhere spiders may be and they get anxious at the thought of spiders. When they see a spider or its web, they are likely to have severe panic attacks. Pictures and drawings of spiders can even cause uneasiness and fear.

The 1990 movie Arachnophobia was a nightmare for anyone who suffers from this phobia and I’m sure it caused a lot of people to have this phobia. I’m definitely not a big fan of the movie. I had a few sleepless nights because of that one.

This phobia is a hard one to deal with because spiders are everywhere. Every year, especially during the summer we have to fight them off at our house. We have brown recluses and black widows,among other less threatening spiders. I don’t have arachnophobia yet, but it could happen if we can’t get these guys under control.

If you have this phobia tell us your story.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Macrophobia: The Fear of Long Waits

Macrophobia is the irrational fear of long waits. Unfortunately, waiting is a part of life so this phobia has a large impact on the quality of life. You wait to see the doctor, you wait in line at the grocery store, and sometimes you have to wait just to wait.

Waiting can be frustrating for everyone. Can you imagine being deathly afraid of waitng. That has to be a total nightmare. Macrophobia is caused by a traumatic event that involved waiting for a long time.
This phobia isn’t as well known as others so I want stories. What triggers Macrophobia in you?

Phobophobia: The Fear of Phobias

Do you have a phobia of having a phobia? Phobophobia is the fear of phobias. Those who suffer from this phobia have an irrational fear of phobias. So they are literally afraid of being afraid. They constantly are worried that they are going to be afraid.

There is not a lot of information on phobophobia so please stop in and share your stories if you suffer from this phobia. What is it like having this phobia and how exactly does it affect your life?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Oneirophobia: The Fear of Dreams

Oneirophobia is the irrational fear of dreams. Sometimes dreams feel so real and if they cause you to feel extreme anxiety more times than night then it gets to the point where you are afraid to dream. This phobia is closely related to Clinophobia, which is the fear of going to bed or falling asleep.

Medication caused me to have extreme night terrors and there were many nights that I didn’t want to go to sleep. It was absolute hell. I can’t imagine living with this on a nightly basis. You’re so tired, but terrified of going to sleep. My heart goes out to everyone who suffers with this phobia.

Gymnophobia: The Fear of Being Nude

Gymnophobia is the irrational fear of being nude. Yes folks, this is a real extreme fear of being naked. I hate seeing myself naked, but I wouldn’t call it a phobia. Those who suffer from this phobia get anxious, nervous and start sweating just by not having clothes on. It doesn’t matter what they look like. They could be super model hot or like me (quite a bit on the chunky side). The phobia affects them just the same. They cannot tolerate being naked. It’s not hard to see the impact that this phobia could cause on a person’s social life.

There are quite a few possible causes of this phobia. Not wearing clothes leaves you vulnerable so this could have a huge affect on someone who has been sexually abused or even for someone who just as an extremely low self-esteem. Teasing and harassment while being naked could cause the phobia and physical abuse or torturing.

This phobia is real and people are suffering every day because of it. If you have this phobia please take the time to let us know about it. As I always say…knowledge is power. The more people know about these phobias, the more they can begin to understand.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Zelophobia: The Fear of Jealousy

Zelophobia is the irrational fear of jealousy. They are afraid of being jealous of someone and of someone being jealous of them. Those who suffer from the phobia don’t realize that jealousy is a normal emotion that everyone experiences.

Severe cases of this phobia result in the person not being able to express any kind of emotion. This is definitely no way to live. We all experience jealousy. Sometimes it can be positive and sometimes it can be negative, but the bottom line is that it’s normal.

If you have Zelophobia tell us what caused it, and how you are able deal with it. The best information on a phobia comes directly from a person who suffers from it.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Agateophobia: The Fear of Insanity

Imagine feeling like you are going absolutely insane. Every day it gets worse and every day you feel more and more out of control. This is a part of life for those who suffer from Agateophobia.

Agateophobia is the irrational fear of insanity. I’m glad I don’t have this one because my life is full of insanity. Those who suffer from this phobia are extremely afraid of being crazy.

This phobia is usually caused by a stressful event or a severe panic attack where the person felt out of control. A bad experience using recreational drugs may also contribute to this phobia.

I really thought there would be more information on this one. I am highly disappointed. If you have this phobia, please tell us your story.

Hobophobia: The Fear of the Homeless

Hobophobia is the unreasonable fear of the homeless or of “bums” and “beggers”. It is believed that this phobia is caused by the lack of knowledge of the homeless.  
Homeless people tend to have poor hygiene and poor social skills, which may contribute to the fear. It’s hard for people to view the homeless as normal people who are just down on their luck and it’s hard for the homeless not to become defensive and give off the impression that they are mean. These are things that increase the fear factor of the homeless.
I have to admit that I came face to face with a homeless person who was living under a bridge and he scared me to death. He didn’t even have to say anything. It was just his appearance and demeanor. I felt so bad afterwards and I think about this man often, wondering if he still lives there or if he finally caught a break.
The most successful cure for this phobia is to have be homeless yourself. It is only then that you realize that anyone can become homeless and it doesn’t make you a bad person. What is your take on this phobia?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Teutophobia: Fear of German or German Things

Teutophobia is the fear of German or German things such as the people and language. It is also known as Germanophobia. I can't even begin to understand this one and I can't find any information on it. Maybe I'm taking this the wrong way, but it really seems to be more of a race issue. What would make you fear a country, its people or the language? I'm German and I'm nothing to be afraid of, unless I'm PMS-ing, but that's a different story.

Someone please let me know what causes this phobia. I'm totally in the dark on this one. I really would like to know if it is based more on hate than actual fear. If you have this phobia, I would really like to hear from you.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: The Fear of the number 666

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the irrational fear of the number 666. This fear originated from the bible verse Revelation 13:18 that says, "Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. This verse associates the number 666 with Satan and the antichrist and because of this, people fear it.

Some people fear this number so much that they refuse to live at an address if the house number is 666. Another example of this fear is that in 2006 women were extremely apprehensive and nervous about having their babies on June 6.

Some may think it is silly to fear a number, but a phobia is never silly. We are all afraid of something and if you say that you are not then you're lying. We all have our weaknesses and no one can be strong all of the time. If you suffer from this phobias please share your story.

Aphenphosmphobia: The Fear of Being Touched

Aphenphosmphobia is the irrational fear of being touched. It is also known as Haphephobia and Thixophobia. Those who have this phobia may also fear touching others.

Physical or sexual abuse, inaffectionnate parents or any other negative experience that involved touching or being touched could cause this phobia.

There are many people out there who don't like to touch or be touched, but they don't have Aphenphosmphobia. They don't fear touching, they just don't like it. I don't like to be touched by people I don't know, especially the creepy ones. I don't have a problem touching or being touched by people I know. I'm a very affectionate person and I love to hug.

If you have this phobia tell us your story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Antlophobia: The Fear of Floods

Antlophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of floods. If you have ever found yourself in the middle of a major flood then it shouldn’t be hard to understand why people may develop this phobia.

Floods can be extremely traumatic and the devastation that they cause is definitely life changing. When you lose everything you own and almost lose your life in a flood, it puts you at high risk for Antlophobia.

Could you imagine a simple rain shower causing you to go into extreme panic, trembling and sweating a little more with each rain drop? Those who suffer from Antlophobia live every day of their lives in constant fear of flooding. They may not have ever even been in a flood, but they see the devastation it causes and become terrified of what might happen.

There is not a lot of information on this phobia. It might be that it’s just been named or that people have not spoken up about it. If you have this phobia please tell us your story.

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