Category: phobias

The Missing Phobias (Fearless February Catch-up)

Life got busy and I missed a week of blogging. That never had any effect before Fearless February, but now I’m many phobias behind. Let’s catch up quickly: 20. Public Spaces can be terrifying because they are full of people and maybe even zombies…

Who’s Afraid of Clocks? (Fearless February Day 19)

Chronomentrophobia. The fear of clocks. No, I don’t mean the Cold Play song. I mean the thing the mouse ran up. This unusual phobia is not to be confused with Chronophobia, the fear of time (which is much too hard to get your head…

Who’s Afraid of Heights? (Fearless February Day 18)

Acrophobia. The fear of heights. If you have this common phobia, you don’t want to live here: You don’t want to walk on this street: And just looking at these old construction photos makes you queasy: Acrophobia can hit you at any time in…

Who’s Afraid of Snakes? (Fearless February Day 17)

Ophidiophobia. The fear of snakes. Like Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, and Apiphobia, the fear of bees, Ophidiophobia is a rational fear gone mad. A few snakes are deadly poisonous. And all snakes will bite if you try to pick them up. But that’s…

Who’s Afraid of Bees? (Fearless February Day 15)

Apiphobia. The fear of bees. We’ve all seen Apiphobics at sidewalk cafes, knocking over wine glasses as they frantically wave their arms and shriek because a bee has flown close. If that’s the extent of your phobia, thanks for entertaining the rest of us….

Who’s Afraid of Chocolate? (Fearless February Day 14)

Xocolataphobia. The fear of chocolate. I’m not going to write much about this one. I don’t have it, I’ve never met anyone who has it, and I’m not sure how it would manifest itself: breaking into a sweat when you pass a Laura Secord?…

Who’s Afraid of Storms? (Fearless February Day 13)

Brontophobia and Astraphobia. The fear of thunder and lightning, respectively. These two phobias usually go together, often combined with Lilapsophobia, the fear of tornadoes and hurricanes. (It’s not often someone is afraid of thunder but totally cool with tornadoes.) We’ll call them all Astraphobia….

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