We have evolved to have a healthy fear of things that may harm us. It is survival. Have a fear of a snakes or a spiders? That is natures way of keeping you from petting the rattlesnake. Everyone is afraid of something but there are those of us who have move beyond just the “OMG! It is a snake” wariness and have jumped onto the Phobia trian.
So what is a true Phobia? According to dictionary.com a phobia is “An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.” A Phobia is more than just a fear or dislike of something. A phobia is an intense fear that leads to panic and symptoms like rapid heart rate, sweating, and difficulty catching your breath. I have a true phobia of caves. Once we went down into Hoover Dam. One has to walk through part of the hill. It was a small tunnel. As we went through it, I became pale, started sweating and becoming absolutely panicked, my knees shook and I was quite hysterical. As soon as I got to the large room that housed the turbines I was fine. The let me go out another way that did not require me to go through the cave-like tunnel. THAT is a phobia.
SO maybe you have a phobia? Here is a list of some of the more unusual phobias, who knows maybe yours is listed.
Aeronausiphobia- Fear of vomiting due to airsickness.
Anthrophobia or Anthophobia- Fear of flowers.
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
Coitophobia- Fear of coitus.
Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.
Hydrargyophobia- Fear of mercurial medicines.
Ithyphallophobia- Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis
Kosmikophobia- Fear of cosmic phenomenon.
Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body.
Mnemophobia- Fear of memories.
Mythophobia- Fear of myths or stories or false statements.
Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
Phagophobia- Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten.
Proctophobia- Fear of rectums.
Pupaphobia – Fear of puppets.
Sexophobia- Fear of the opposite sex. (Heterophobia)
Trichopathophobia or Trichophobia- Fear of hair.
Vestiphobia- Fear of clothing.