How are People This Afraid?

    February 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

    We probably all suffer from a minor phobia or two, but some people’s lives are virtually debilitated by their fears. This list looks at six of the most unusual phobias that afflict people in modern days.

    If you suffer from any of these phobias, be sure to tell us about it in the comments.  Also be sure to never, ever attempt to meet us in person….

    Ithyphallophobia – Fear of Erections

    Defined as “a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of an erect penis”, each year this surprisingly common phobia causes countless people needless distress. To add insult to an already distressing condition, most fear of erection therapies take months or years and sometimes even require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear. Known by a number of names – Medorthophobia, Phallophobia, Ithyphallophobia, and Fear of an Erect Penis being the most common – the problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates.

    Neophobia – Fear of Newness

    Neophobia is the fear of new things or experiences. It is also called cainotophobia. In psychology, neophobia is defined as the persistent and abnormal fear of anything new. In its milder form, it can manifest as the unwillingness to try new things or break from routine. The term is also used to describe anger, frustration or trepidation toward new things and toward change in general. Some conservative and reactionary groups are often described as neophobic, in their attempts to preserve traditions or revert society to a perceived past form. Technophobia can be seen as a specialized form of neophobia, by fearing new technology.

    Pteronophobia – Fear of being Tickled by Feathers

    Pteronophobia is the irrational fear of being tickled by feathers. Certain childhood events, such as tickling a baby, can lead to this fear as the child may feel trapped. It is related to the fear of tickling.

    Mageirocophobia – Fear of Cooking

    The bizarre fear of cooking is called mageirocophobia which comes from the Greek word mageirokos which means a person skilled in cooking. This disorder can be debilitating and potentially lead to unhealthy eating if one lives alone. Sufferers of mageirokos can feel extremely intimidated by people with skills in cooking, and this intimidation and feeling of inadequacy is probably the root cause of the disorder for many.

    Arachibutyrophobia – Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of your Mouth

    This disorder seems to be a fear that is quite easily worked around: don’t buy peanut butter. However, for a child who is forced to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day, one can see how it might cause severe trauma in later life. Here is the testimony of one alleged sufferer: “Whenever I’m around peanut butter I start to sweat excessively and my body starts convulsing. The roof of my mouth becomes coarse and itchy. I can’t live with this fear anymore. My thirst for peanut butter must be quenched without me going into a full blown panic attack.”

    Cathisophobia – Fear of Sitting

    Cathisophobia (sometimes spelled with a ‘k’) is a terror of sitting down. This disorder can be sparked off by a particularly nasty case of hemorrhoids but in some serious cases it can be due to physical abuse relating to sitting on sharp or painful objects. Sometimes, the sitting fear is due to some punishment in the school days, or it may be an indication of some other phobia like sitting in front of elite and influential people. Cathisophobia is characterized by sweating, heavy or short breathe, and anxiety.

    1. Samantha says:

      My TickleMe Plant scares some of my friends. Search Pet TickeMe Plant to see what it does when tickled!

    2. TheReviewer says:

      Some 12-year-old once told me my fear of Justin Bieber was weird.

    3. The Eggman says:

      I’m afraid I’ll be this handsome the rest of my life

    4. brocklanders says:

      I’m afraid of rice.

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