As a woman who isn’t afraid of much (I always say the living scare me more than the dead!), a couple things do give me the jitters. One of those things happen to be clowns, they make me uncomfortable more than afraid and also dummies that ventriloquists use. Yick. Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. Admittedly though I’m not really “scared” of anything. I’ll watch pretty much any horror movie with these things in them anyway, and sit through the jump scares without even moving a muscle wondering why the rest of the crowd is screaming or jumping in their seats in the theater. I like scary things what can I say? I’ve been to countless haunted houses (with lots of clowns mind you) and abandoned asylums and other places and thoroughly enjoy them.
Earlier my good friend Jason sent me the much anticipated link to the new trailer of the reboot for Stephen King’s IT and I was more than thrilled to watch the new and improved spooky Pennywise the Clown in action. I’m very much looking forward to catching that one in theaters this September. So I decided to write this article on some strange uncommon phobias some folks have out there and also a little bit about why these people fear them.
- Turophobia: the fear of cheese. That’s right, cheese! Can you imagine not being able to look at cheese fries with bacon crumbles, and I’m sure walking past the deli at the market is frightful.
- Pogonophobia: the fear of beards. Ladies or gentleman you’re really missing out here. Men with beards are sexy, but I can also understand this one to a degree not all beards are created equal.
- Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: the fear of long words. Good luck even pronouncing this one without cheating and using google to do it for you.
- Anatidaephobia: the fear of being stared at by a duck. Hey, ducks can chase you down at lightning speed and nip at your heels. I’ve seen it and been a victim of duck ankle attacks myself. They can be ruthless.
- Panophobia: the fear of LITERALLY everything. Talk about some serious anxiety, makes me feel badly for the people who suffer from this.
- Nyctohylophobia: the fear of the woods at night. I can understand this one but I LOVE the dark and the outdoors but hey if Slender Man, the Jersey Devil, or Mothman were out there hanging out I’m sure I would be afraid of the woods at night too. Unless they had s’mores. With Peanut butter cups.
- Porphyrophobia: the fear of the color purple. Poor Grimace from McDonald’s. Maybe that’s where it originated from in the first place?
- Samhainophobia: the fear of Halloween. Halloween is what I live for and also my favorite holiday but to others it can be entirely too overwhelming with all the costumes and horror movies. Blood guts and gore can be scary I totally get why they would be afraid.
- Auroraphobia: the fear of the Northern Lights. I’ve always wanted to see them myself and find the event fascinating but to some people it might look and feel like the sky may come crashing down at any second.
- Coprastasophobia: the fear of being constipated. No one likes it, so just eat your fiber and try not to worry about the gaseous after effects.
There are an estimated 19 million Americans out there with some kind of phobia which disrupt their lives in one way or another so really, even though it’s an interesting and very strange topic it’s also kind of a bummer for sufferers. I mean these poor people can’t function properly on a daily basis the way we do. Phobias are usually caused by genetics, anxiety, or even by experiencing certain traumatic events. Those with severe reactions like shortness of breath, extreme fear, pounding heart, inability to speak, high blood pressure, profuse sweating, and generally a fear of impending doom can choose to seek help and take medications or try cognitive behavioral therapy to try and get some help to resolve the issue if it’s bad enough.
With all that said for these people it’s definitely no joke to them and there are so many phobias out there for pretty much everything under the sun and even including the sun (Heliophobia) that it was difficult just picking ten to highlight honestly, because almost everyone is afraid of something out there that goes bump in the night or smells like cheddar.
What are YOU afraid of??
Until next time,