Am Guessing You Didn't Know These Existed
For this weekend, am listing a couple of common phobias you might not have know existed. But, first let's look at Wikipedia's definition of a phobia:
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months. The affected person will go to great lengths to avoid the situation or object, typically to a degree greater than the actual danger posed. If the feared object or situation cannot be avoided, the affected person will have significant distress. With blood or injury phobia fainting may occur.
Now, let's examine some of them:
You know when you are so scared of heights, that you decide not to go up the stairs or even
attempt to look from a building? That fear is called ACROPHOBIA. If you have this fear,
mountain climbing may not be for you. You are sure missing the fun!
I know someone who wouldn't attempt any kind of blood test, wouldn't visit a tailor, wouldn't
touch a knife... you think am lying? Call me and ask me. It is actually the fear of sharp objects
or needles that causes that and it is called AICHMOPHOBIA. If you have this, you might not
be able to watch 3D movies. You know the feeling I guess?
I have heard of lesbians, animal lovers (Who don't like humans), but this? Ok...
This is the fear of men called ANDROPHOBIA. Not only animals have that fear. Women
and men alike do have it.
You might know that some people are 'full-time' introverts, that if you ask a question or talk
to them, they can faint (Not that bad though), but there are some who fear people a lot, that
they refuse to come out at all. It is called ANTHROPOPHOBIA. How would you... let me
reserve my comment(s).
You get to a hospital to do a medical check-up and the doctor asks, 'are you sexually active?'
You quickly feign sexual ignorance, so the doctor doesn't conclude that if there's a viral
infection, you got it through it sex (Stop lying please). But, there are some people, no doubt,
who have so much fear of sex, that they refuse to even think of it. Or don't find any fun it, and
so avoid it. That fear is called GENOPHOBIA.
If you never being in an argument where people condemn gay people, then you don't hang out.
Some people so hate the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) that they feign they
can kill them if they see them. Some of these people are actually part of that community
themselves, but don't want to be found out. That fear is called HOMOPHOBIA. Sometimes,
it is the fear to be rejected by the society if you're seen or heard supporting those people.
Have you heard of atheists? Okay, these are people who don't believe in the existence of a
Supreme Being. Beyond that, theists believe that God should be feared, because He is too
powerful. However, we have some who have taken that fear to different level, that fear is called
'I don't like visiting people, and I don't like to be visited'. Have you heard that before? Well...
beyond that, there are some who don't wish to see, smell, hear strangers. That fear is called
XENOPHOBIA. You might not like people like me, that can meet anyone on the street and
say 'Hello!' Or even... ok later.
If you cheat nature, it would return the favour (Unarguably). If you decide not to sleep because
you are afraid of sleeping for reasons I might not fathom at this moment, then be ready when
nature would come knocking on your door. Let's debate if you think am not right. But for now,
the fear of going to sleep is called HYPNOPHOBIA.
How many want to die? Even at old age, some people would still ask God for long life. Which
life again? Hasn't he tried enough? This fear not to leave the world when death knocks on your
door is called NECROPHOBIA.
We continue next week... as there are some that would blow your mind!