So what makes you break into a cold sweat? What do you avoid at all costs? What, at the mere mention of the name, makes you queasy in your stomach? What are your phobias?
I definitely suffer from acrophobia, the fear of heights. I probably have a mild case of agoraphobia, the fear of crowds, since I’m such a messed-up introvert.
There are some fears, however, that I did not know existed. These fears are supposedly legitimate. Real people have these real phobias in real life. Let me share eleven of the more weird fears I uncovered.
- Lepidoterophobia – fear of butterflies. I understand. They are awful, ferocious creatures.
- Coulrophobia – fear of clowns. I’m glad I don’t have this fear. I would have to reduce my executive team by three.
- Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons. I’m still trying to evaluate this one.
- Lachanophobia – fear of vegetables. Since my favorite food groups are meats, potatoes, and desserts, I might be a candidate here.
- Vestiphobia –fear of clothing. There are a lot of potential one-liners for this one.
- Dishabilophobia – fear of undressing in front of someone. My guess is that those in #5 would have no problem with #6.
- Ergophobia – fear of work. I used to work with someone who had that fear.
- Hodaphobia – fear of road travel. I could not function if I had this fear.
- Macrophobia – fear of a long wait. I may be a true candidate for this one. Just ask my wife.
- Nomophobia – fear of losing mobile phone connectivity. I confess. I am a severe nomophobic.
- Soceraphobia – fear of your mother-in-law or your father-in-law. I think it’s best not to offer commentary on this one.
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