The Most Bizarre Social Phobias
There will always be someone somewhere afraid of something, it’s the price of existence. Without sounding too Freudian, most of our fears seem to stem from some childhood trauma where the memory of the actual incident may have been long forgotten, however, the feelings associated are still there and will continue to grab hold of our ‘logical’ senses.
Most of us are familiar with some of the more common phobias in which someone may have a fear of spiders or enclosed spaces, but how about Venusatraphobia: the fear of beautiful women? Or perhaps you’ve heard of the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth, Arachibutyrophobia?
Whatever your fears may be, they couldn’t possibly compare to some of the more ‘uncommon’ phobias I discovered while researching this article.
Read on; the following are actual phobias that plague the unfortunate and have baffled the hell out of the rest of us.
In the age of technology, we all live by our cellphones, but the fear of losing your telephone contacts, losing battery power or your cell signal, has some doctors diagnosing those deathly afraid of this happening as, Nomophobia, the fear of losing phone contact.
Let’s suppose contacts aren’t your biggest problem, but engaging them while at dinner is? Then you may suffer from, Deipnophobia, the fear of dinner conversations.
Having the contacts, being comfortable conversing at dinner, but you’re clinically fearful of names and words, then your probably suffering from Nomatophobia, the fear of names and words.
Ergophobia may get you out of work, as it is a documented phobia that instills its victims with the fear of working, finding work and functioning. See how that one holds up with the Director of Human Resources at your local workplace.
For those still in school and years away from getting a job, there’s a phobia for you too called, Didaskaleinophobia, the fear of going to school. Use this to get you that much needed time off during finals.
And according to the News Straits Times, there’s a 2.4% overall prevalence rate of this ‘school fear’, worldwide.
In my opinion, the worse phobias are the ones that have the ability to effect others that happen to be around the inflicted. Take for example, Ablutophobia, which is the fear of bathing and washing. Need I elaborate?
The list of phobias seem to be getting longer each year with no end in sight!