Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Phobiaphobia - The Fear of Fear Itself

Stumbled upon a list of phobias in wikipedia and thought it was a fun article:

Here are the ones that apply to me:

Acrophobia - Fear of heights. Me and half of America.

Agoraphobia -
Fear of a place or event where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable. I hate feeling trapped somewhere. Like being snowed in. Shudder.

Androphobia -
Fear of males. Okay, not really, but I thought it was funny. It's interesting that they don't have a term listed for the fear of females.

Taphophobia -
Fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive. Definately don't like coffins. That story about tying a string to the fingers of corpses and attaching it to a bell up top always gives me the willies.

Tokophobia -
Fear of childbirth. Aren't all women? Ouch!

Trypanophobia -
Fear of needles, injections, or of pointed objects. This is probably the only seriously debilitating fear I have. They had to give me valium before they could insert an IV last December.

Musophobia -
Fear of mice and/or rats. Okay, I lied. This one's debilitating too. In one really old house I lived in a couple of years ago, we had a few mice and it was so not okay. Talk about flipping out.

Arachibutyrophobia -
Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Or things being stuck in my teeth.

These are the funniest/weirdest/coolest ones:

Gymnophobia - Fear of nudity. Anyone else an Arrested Development fan? And Tobias as a Never Nude?

Xenophobia -
Fear of foreigners. It's okay Allie, I'm not a xenophobic :)

Aibohphobia -
The fear of palindromes, which is a palindrome itself.

Anatidaephobia -
Fear that somewhere, somehow a duck is watching you. Weird.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia -
Fear of long words. Ha!


Wanda said...

"nice"....I have a fear of long words!

ellesappelle said...

Musophobia - I have that too. Ever since a few mice have got into my house and appeared in my bedroom at night time, I actually cannot sleep unless I know my door has been shut all day. I also keep hearing little noises and having to turn on my light in a panic and sit perfectly still for a few minutes until I'm sure there are no rodents in my bedchamber. It's pathetic... but they terrify me!

Ha! I'm glad you're not xenophobic :) But I am...

ellesappelle said...

By the way, just had to add something - the one about the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you - I'm sure that's a Far Side cartoon. With the exact wording. Has anyone else seen it?

heidikins said...

Hahah! I love these!

Sarakastic said...

Ha I was just going to type about being a never nude, but you beat me too it, always good to find another "arrested development" fan.