15 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Should be Afraid of

Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday. I spent the previous evening battling the flu and was just too ill and exhausted to write anything coherent.
Today’s topic is phobias.
Phobias are irrational fears of objects, places or situations that can range from the mildly annoying to the totally debilitating. At their heart, phobias are a type of anxiety disorder wherein people organize their lives around avoiding the cause of their phobia/anxiety.
Phobias are very common with over 50 million people in the USA and 10 million in the UK living with a phobia. They can affect people of any age, sex, and socioeconomic status. The National Institute of Mental Health estimated in 2011 that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans of all ages suffer from phobias with a much higher percentage of women suffering from phobias than men.
The good news is that I deal with phobias all the time in my practice and they’re one of the easiest and fastest things to remedy using clinical hypnosis. My clients usually leave completely phobia-free in just one to three sessions.
I was inspired to write about phobias from a Facebook discussion yesterday. My daughter, some friends and I were in a lighthearted discussion regarding makeup and I mentioned that I used to be a Shriner clown and gave my daughter makeup tips when she was younger. This led her to post a picture of our whole family made up as clowns and Star Wars characters from Halloween some years back.One of my nephews reminded us that he has a morbid fear of clowns and the picture made him very uncomfortable. (By the way, fear of clowns or Coulrophobia is very common…just ask someone who is/was a clown.)
This got me thinking about phobias in general and in my head I started to run down the list of official phobias I learned in Graduate School and encounter on a regular basis in my practice. There are the ‘garden variety’ of phobias such as public speaking – Glossophobia; fear of spiders – Arachnophobia; fear of snakes –Ophidiophobia; fear of flying – Aviophobia; and on and on.
This led me to pull down my old, dusty textbook and review the official list of phobias and I was reminded of all the creative and unusual things people have convinced themselves that they’re afraid of and I thought I’d share some of the more unusual (and hopefully amusing) ones today.
Please understand that I’m not making light of anyone who suffers from any of these phobias. I know phobias can be debilitating and as a clinician and clinical hypnotherapist, I stand ready to help you overcome your fears (did I mention that I now do clinical hypnotherapy sessions via Skype? Email me at Richard.dama@yahoo.com or visit my webpage at ‘swmch.com’ for more details).
Before I give you the list, I wanted to share and actual incident from my practice that happened a few years ago. A young man came in for his first visit and after doing the initial intake paperwork I finally asked him, “So, what brings you here and how can I help you?”
He immediately responded, “I have severe hydrophobia and it’s ruining my life.”
Alarmed, I sat straight up in my chair, “You have rabies???”
He was bewildered by my reaction and said, “Of course not; I’m afraid of water.”
Relieved, I informed him, “No, fear of water is Aquaphobia. Hydrophobia is rabies. I can help you with the first, but not the second.”
So, to keep you from getting confused, I now offer my list of:
15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You should be Afraid of (With my editorial comments):
Ablutophobia – Fear of washing or bathing. (Having spent nearly half my life in foreign countries, I don’t think most of the rest of the world worries about this one)
Arachibutyrophobia – Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. (Damn you Mr. Peanut!!)
Alliumphobia – Fear of garlic. (Understandable if you’re a vampire)
Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions. (Our Congress and most Parliaments seem to suffer from this)
Ephebiphobia – Fear of teenagers. (Especially if you have any!)
Ergophobia – Fear of work. (This seems to be an epidemic among my staff)
Geniophobia – Fear of chins (Stay away from Chinese phone books!!)
Germanophobia – Fear of Germany or German culture. (Well, they were a bit of a bother last century)
Hedonophobia – Fear of feeling pleasure. (Come work for me and you won’t have to worry about this one)
Omphalophobia – Fear of belly buttons. (Whatever you do, don’t look down!)
Hellenologophobia – Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology. (Got the willies yet?)
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – Fear of long words. (You must be a quivering mess by now!)
Panophobia or Pantophobia – Fear of everything. (I think I see your problem Charlie Brown)
Parthenophobia – Fear of virgins. (Because you simply don’t know where they’ve been?)
Politicophobia – Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians. (Given our current political situation, I can actually appreciate this one.)
Here’s hoping you have and intentionally great and courageous day.

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