Category: fearless february

Who’s Afraid of Germs? (Fearless February Day 11)

Mysophobia. The fear of being contaminated by germs. It’s what Howard Hughes, Howie Mandell, Saddam Hussein and Joan Crawford had in common. (And probably the only thing they had in common.) Ever since Louis Pasteur discovered the germ theory of disease, humans have cleaned… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Germs? (Fearless February Day 11)”

Who’s Afraid of Spiders? (Fearless February Day 10)

Arachnophobia. The fear of spiders. This is the most common animal phobia – which goes to show how irrational phobias are, since dogs and horses kill way more people each year than spiders. Spiders are creepy, I’ll admit. Those fangs, those eyes, the clicking… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Spiders? (Fearless February Day 10)”

Who’s Afraid of Confined Spaces? (Fearless February Day 9)

Claustrophobia. The fear of being in a confined space. Most statistics claim that upwards of 10% of people are claustrophobic. If you’re not one of them, you might think this is a fear of small spaces. But it’s more complicated. It’s an irrational fear… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Confined Spaces? (Fearless February Day 9)”

Who’s Afraid of Horses? (Fearless February Day 8)

Equinophobia. AKA Hippophobia. The fear of horses. Okay, so maybe the answer to the question, “Who’s afraid of horses?” is “Almost nobody.” But if horses were as commonly kept as dogs, this phobia would skyrocket. Horses are big scary herbivores. And they bite. I know this… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Horses? (Fearless February Day 8)”

Who’s Afraid of Blood? (Fearless February Day 7)

Hemophobia. Fear of blood. Hemophobics are easy to spot in grade school: they’re the ones screaming and crying when the nurse comes around. They simply cannot stand the sight of blood — their own or anyone else’s. Like most phobics, they experience anxiety, dread… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Blood? (Fearless February Day 7)”

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