Phobias & Their Definitions

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    • Ablutophobia - fear of bathing
    • Acrophobia - fear of heights
    • Ailurophobia - fear of cats
    • Alektorophobia - fear of chickens
    • Anthropophobia - fear of people
    • Anuptaphobia - fear of staying single
    • Atychiphobia - fear of failure
    • Autophobia - fear of oneself; fear of being alone
    • Aviophobia - fear of flying
    • Caligynephobia - fear of beautiful women
    • Coulrophobia - fear of clowns
    • Cynophobia - fear of dogs
    • Gamophobia - fear of marriage
    • Ichthyophobia - fear of fish
    • Melanophobia - fear of the color black
    • Mysophobia - fear of germs or dirt
    • Nyctophobia - fear of the dark or of the night
    • Ophidiophobia/Herpetophobia - fear of snakes
    • Ornithophobia - fear of birds
    • Phasmophobia/Spectrophobia - fear of ghosts
    • Philophobia - fear of being in love
    • Pupaphobia - fear of puppets
    • Thanatophobia - fear of death
     
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    Yep we have a name for everything..
     
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    I have a fear of those names above, so tricky to pronounce !
     
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    Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words. Another name for this fear is Sesquipedalophobia, which is also fairly long. Logophobia is the phobia name for the fear of words.
     
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    I can manage 'logophobia' :p Some people are very good pronouncing words like that, its a gift
    You would think the 'hippo ...........' word would be to do with horses - that swim o_O
     
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    I don't have to many phobias I don't think or to any degree at least. Fear of cats? I can't imagine!
     
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    One thing just to mention is that with all of the phobias there is always the "fear" factor involved as in "the fear of".
    Fear is NOT a tangible item but our reaction to it and sadly, most humans do not have the wherewithal to combat that reaction.

    What is surprising to me is that fear is treated as a noun, a thing, a tangible and almost touchable item which even though defined as a noun is a remarkable stretch.
    If we treat our fears as though it were just a simple reaction or a transient verb so to speak, we might fare a little better whilst facing whatever makes us feel stressed or bereft of a defense against something we deem as dreadfully harmful.
    If we can concentrate on the solution to a problem instead of our brains being so clouded by the primal instincts created by fear, we might actually get over whatever causes so much anxiety.
    Stunt people know that they are going to get hurt even though they make preparations to avoid it. The knowledge that pain is inevitable allays the fears that might hamper the safety value of the actions they perform.

    If treated properly, fear should be something that helps guide us through something rather than keeping us from our journey altogether.
     
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    Internet Forumophobia?
     
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    That would be "forophobia" ......foro is Latin for forum. :)
     
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    I think the most frightening mistake one can make in this list of phobias is to be constantly fearful we will make one.
     
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    Some people have Acrophobia; the fear of heights.

    Not me...I have the fear of widths.
    Hal
     
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