Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today's Trivia – Phobias (Part 1)

We all know that many people suffer from certain phobias. But what I personally didn’t know is that the list of phobias is quite lengthy, ridiculously lengthy, in fact. It seems you can be afraid of pretty much anything.

Anyway, below is a list of some familiar – and not so familiar – phobias. There are many, many more that I’ve saved for other posts in the future.

For now, let’s start with these...

Tropophobia - Fear of moving or making changes.

Bibliophobia - Fear of books. (Oh my...this is tragic.)

Katagelophobia - Fear of ridicule.

Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number 13.

Telephonophobia - Fear of telephones.

Acrophobia - Fear of heights. (One of my phobias.)

Demonophobia or Daemonophobia - Fear of demons.

Chiraptophobia - Fear of being touched.

Cheimaphobia or Cheimatophobia - Fear of cold.

Entomophobia - Fear of insects. (This is me to some extent.)

Wiccaphobia - Fear of witches and witchcraft.

Rupophobia - Fear of dirt.

Alektorophobia - Fear of chickens. (For real? Why?)

Ichthyophobia - Fear of fish.

Coulrophobia - Fear of clowns. (I can see this developing in some young kids at birthday parties.)

Ablutophobia - Fear of washing or bathing.

Botanophobia - Fear of plants. (This is also tragic.)

Pagophobia - Fear of ice or frost.

Gelotophobia - Fear of being laughed at.

Homilophobia - Fear of sermons.

Agyrophobia - Fear of streets or crossing the street.

Ovaphobia – Fear of eggs. (Alfred Hitchcock had this fear.)

Claustrophobia - Fear of confined spaces.

Ephebiphobia - Fear of teenagers. (I think all parents suffer from this for awhile at some point.)

Theophobia - Fear of gods or religion.

Phobophobia - Fear of phobias. (Kind of ironic.)

Pedophobia - Fear of children.

Hylophobia - Fear of forests.

Agrizoophobia - Fear of wild animals.

Panophobia or Pantophobia - Fear of everything. (You’re pretty much screwed with this one.)

Euphobia - Fear of hearing good news. (Huh?)

Bufonophobia - Fear of toads.

Xyrophobia - Fear of razors.

Dipsophobia - Fear of drinking.

Achluophobia - Fear of darkness.

Verminophobia - Fear of germs.

Zelophobia - Fear of jealousy.

Ambulophobia - Fear of walking. (Sounds like most of society these days is suffering from this.)

Selenophobia - Fear of the moon.

Alliumphobia - Fear of garlic. (The garlic itself or garlic breath? Or both?)

Thalassophobia - Fear of the sea.

Heliophobia - Fear of the sun.

Omphalophobia - Fear of belly buttons.

Philosophobia - Fear of philosophy.

Sesquipedalophobia - Fear of long words. (Like this one?)

Xenophobia - Fear of strangers or foreigners.

Thermophobia - Fear of heat.

Acousticophobia - Fear of noise.

Hobophobia - Fear of bums or beggars.

Melissophobia - Fear of bees.

Katsaridaphobia - Fear of cockroaches. (Definitely me. Bleh!)

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