Saturday, August 12, 2006

What's your phobia?


ARE you afraid of ghosts, snakes, or heights? If you are, you’re not alone. These are some of the things most people are afraid of.

I know somebody who has claustrophobia, the fear of being confined in enclosed spaces. For instance, in a church with overcrowded people, he wouldn’t go out as soon as the mass is over because he cannot tolerate being cramped in the middle of congested people at church doors. He feels being squeezed and wrapped, making him feel suffocated. I have also a friend who is phasmophobic—afraid of ghosts. She doesn’t like reading horror books or watching films with ghost themes. We make fun of her during Halloween because she never goes out nor head to the cemetery every 1st of November.

According to Bessie Head, a South African writer, “the terrible thing is that, those who fear are always in the majority.” The phobia, however, that majority of the people have, is the fear of heights known as acrophobia. We could see in reality-based TV shows like the defunct Extra Challenge that most of the show’s contestants admit that they don’t like jumping off from the top of the building nor attempt skydiving when given such tasks. But some faces their fears by defying challenges. On the other hand, in a foreign TV show like Fear Factor, we could see different challenges that would ultimately confront the fears of the challengers. For example, one contestant would continue eating disgusting worms although he looks like he would cry and he wants to puke. Some may also endure being piled up by hundreds of snakes and bugs creeping at their legs and neck. That’s why they believe that fear is not a factor and winning because of luring green bucks is obviously their motivation.

Other phobias that are common to many are cynophobia, the fear of dogs; arachnephobia, the fear of spiders; and xenophobia, being afraid of strangers. If you have hematophobia, don’t dream of becoming a doctor because it is the fear of seeing blood, or don’t take an engineering course if you're numerophobic because you would probably hate numbers. If you smell a friend who is stinky, assume that he is aquaphobic, afraid of water. I believe that people with genophobia are certainly safe to acquiring STDs because it is the fear of having sex. If you are insomniac, for sure you have clinophobia, the fear of going to bed. Thanatophobia I think is the most fearsome; that is the fear to die. Loveless people have philophobia and they fear falling in love.

Remember that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

13 comments:

Kristyn said...

I'm afraid of dogs, of heights...but tell me, what would you call the irrational fear of axe murderers? ;)

Kristyn

Stacy said...

I'm afraid of snakes (have not and will not see 'Snakes on a Plane') and sharks (saw Jaws when I was 11 or so and now knee deep in the ocean is all I can manage).

I'm here from Dr. John's. He's made you his link of the day.

Cindy said...

Claustrophobia is my worst one and I also have a great fear of heights. Dr. John sent me and you are his link for today.

Betty said...

My biggest fear is of heights. I fear strange dogs, and large no of people.
I came from dr John

candy said...

Dr. John sent me. I am scared of snakes too!! I will not ever see the movie snakes on a plane. Just hearing about it makes me afraid to get in a plane.

ArtsyTartsyViray said...

I'm afraid of bugs.. all sorts of them.. i'll literally run and hide whenever someone goes to kill it..

I especially hate the squishing sound they make..

EEKK!

I'm from Dr. John's blog!

Doll House Stories said...

Hi from Dr.johns blog hi this is a nice blog i like the search thing on the top I should get that.

Margaret said...

Eeek all these greek/latin prefixs! I'm afraid of Thunder and Lightening. I wonder if there is a term for that? Great blog and posts. I'll surely return. Sent here via Dr. John.

Dr.John said...

Then of course there is commentless phobia. The fear of having a blog with n o comments.

Gabz said...

I would like to thank everyone who has posted a comment here. I appreciate it being Dr. John's link of the day! Thank guys and Carpe diem!

Cherlee's said...

Hiddy love the topic. I fear crowds, cramped spaces and snakes! ewwwwww snakes yucky! Now I'm afraid to go to sleep!! I can sleep lol! Keep up the great work! Dr. John sent me your way!!

Anonymous said...

im afriad to fall inlove.

Anonymous said...

im afriad to fall in luvh