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Bizarre Fears of the Phobophobic



Weird | June 5, 2011 / views: 11,003

Now we are not talking about common phobias like acrhrofobia – fear of height, clausrtophobia – fear of enclosed spaces, or nychtophobia – fear of the dark...here, we are talking about some really weird phobias – phobophobias to be exact. Phobophobia is the irrational fear of fears or the fear of developing a phobia. How common is it? Not very, but just don’t worry about it and you’ll be controlling the count.

1. Automatonophobia

Automatonophobia can be loosely defined as the fear of wax figures, humanoid robots, audio animatronics or other figures designed to represent humans.It can also mean the fear of automatons; or tools, sheep, or those who blindly follow the societal majority rule.

2. Allodoxaphobia

If you like to express yourself freely then you should politely steer clear of people with allodoxaphobia, or the fear of opinions. Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions. Allodoxaphobia, just like most phobias, come from an subconscious 'overprotection' mechanism. The fear of opinions is caused by the mind over-estimating the danger caused by opinions, believing that opinions presents an actual threat, where in reality it may not.

3. Arachibutyrophobia

Apparently many people are afraid of that scourge peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouth. How common is it? Are you kidding? One case is too common…So, in case you have this kind of phobia – it is strongly recomended to drink a little milk or a glass of water if this happens, or simply do not eat peanut butter.

4. Arithmophobia

The fear of numbers can refer to the fear of mathematics, Roman numerals, single numbers, and calculations. This is the largest of phobia types due to its numerous sub-classifications. Such as triskaidekaphobia fearing the number 13, and hexakosioihexekontahexaphobic fears of the number 666.

5. Dentophobia

The fear of dentists is a widely spread fear in the modern world. It also maybe the one phobia that has some basis in reality, as many dentophobics did not have their fear of dentists until having gone to one for treatment.

6. Ephebiphobia

The fear of teenagers seems to only afflict those older than eighteen. Apparently teenagers do not have this phobia – I guess they cannot fear themselves...

7. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Yes, this is the fear of long words. Yes, I suggest you let the irony sink in slowly. But when you think again you realise that it isn’t so strange at all...what happens when you turn on your TV or radio – especially when listening some political talk-show – all long and incomprehensible words.

8. Ithyphallophobia

Ithyphallophobia is a phobia that speaks about the fear of seeing, having or even thinking about an erect penis. This unwarranted fear jeopardizes the sexual lifestyle of the men and women who suffer from it.Ithyphallophobic people try their best to avoid anything that is sexual; they fear to take “sex” as a part of life.

9. Logizomechanophobia

This is one of the newest phobias around, the fear of computers. Does this mean that one day, due to artificial intelligence, that computers will one day learn to fear us back?

10. Rhabdophobia

Rhabdophobia is the fear being criticized or punished or fear of being beaten by a rod (stick, club or swtiches) or fear of magic (wands). It can also be fear of being beaten with magic wand... Who does that, anyway?

Now, seriously, no matter how funny these phobias may sound, we must remember that they are real problem to people having them, so, the good news is – they can be treated!Possible treatments for phobophobia typically include hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) hypnotherapy, energy psychology, and medications. In hypnotherapy, one’s subconscious “programs” are reprogrammed to eventually get rid of those stuff that may be part of your fear. Medication on the other hand, are used along with the therapies, most specially if there are high instances of anxiety or panic attacks.

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