Sunday, July 11, 2010

Phobias For The Twenty-First Century

Phobias…those irrational fears of just about anything you can think of. Most of them have been out there for centuries (if not longer). Some of them have been handed down through families.

But like so many other things, the twenty-first century has brought us a whole new collection of things to provide irrational fears.

Nomophobia is the fear of not having cell phone contact, whether it's due to a dead battery or because your network doesn't have coverage where you are. A fate worse than death?

Vidigameaphobia is the fear of video games. This can cover everything from simply being afraid of the games to the fear that the games could come to life. Hmm…maybe I need to buy that Indiana Jones game after all.

Interphobia is exactly what it sounds like…fear of the world wide web. Now that's a phobia to avoid at all costs.

Dextrophobia and its counterpart Levophobia offers us a couple of really strange phobias. Dextrophobia is the fear of everything to the right of your body while Levophobia is the fear of everything to the left of your body.

Coulrophobia has actually been around for a long time and is still going strong. It's the fear of clowns. Didn't Stephen King have a clown as one of his evil entities?

Pupaphobia is related to Coulrophobia. They might even be first cousins. It's the fear of puppets. Not sure what you'd call the fear of a clown puppet.

Alektorophobia is an extreme fear of live chickens. Maybe the scope of the fear should be expanded to include people who look like Col. Sanders?

Sesquipedalophobia, as the length of the word suggests, is the fear of very long words. Wouldn't a shorter word be more appropriate?

Cathisophobia is one that those of us working at computers need to avoid at all costs. It's the fear of sitting.

Genuphobia is the fear of knees. That must be really difficult in summer when warm weather clothing means lots of knees sticking out there for anyone to see.

And here's a bonus phobia to carry us through the twenty-first century. This has to be the ultimate fear: Phobophobia. Yep, it's exactly what it sounds like…a fear of fears.

My primary fear is bugs and other creepy crawler things. However, my fear is totally rational.  :)

Do you have any irrational fears (or rational ones) you'd like to share?


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Interesting post. I with you on bugs- Yuck!

However, my primary fear is the fear of my breaks failing on my car and I can't stop it. It even freaks me out to see this happen to someone on a TV show or movie.

Samantha Gentry said...

Karen: Ouch! That brakes failing phobia is scary. That's something/a possibility that surrounds everyone at all times. Cars are everywhere.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Great post, Samantha. Due to a bad ankle, I've fallen a lot in the past few years. The ankle was surgically repaired last year, but I can't get over the fear of falling.

Samantha Gentry said...

Caroline: That would certainly give you a valid reason for that fear. A very similar thing happened to my mother. She fell and really did in her ankile. She now has a metal plate, 7 pins, and 2 screws holding her ankle together. Falling is a big concern for her, too.

Brandlwyne said...

Hi. I definatly have 1 big phobia "BIRDS". I know that sounds weird but I am totally freaked out by them. My grandpa had some mean chickens and ducks when I was little and I just never got over it. I also don't like going on bridges that are over water. Ya I know I'm messed up, lol

Samantha Gentry said...

Brandlwyne: I think anyone who has seen the Hitchcock movie, "The Birds", probably takes a second cautious look with a skeptical eye at any birds on a fence, in a tree, or anywhere nearby.

Brandlwyne said...

:) Hi, You are probably right but I was usually the one in the tree, lol

I wonder what the phobia is for mice???

Samantha Gentry said...

Brandlwyne: Miceaphobia? Or maybe we can expand it to Rodentaphobia? :)