Saturday, July 21, 2012

Onamatophobia: The Fear of Hearing a Certain Word or of Names

Onamatophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of hearing a certain word or of names.  Those who suffer from this phobia dread certain words because of what they supposedly mean.  Onamatophobia is also known as Nomatophobia.  It is closely related to Verbophobia, the fear of words.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Onamatophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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