Category: phobias

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?… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Chocolate? (Fearless February Day 14)”

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.… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Storms? (Fearless February Day 13)”

Who’s Afraid of Squirrels? (Fearless February Day 12)

Sciurophobia. The fear of squirrels. Are you serious? While some of us are charmed by these little cuties, others can’t get past the orange teeth and fleas. If you suffer from Sciurophobia, your skin crawls and you just want to die when a squirrel… Continue Reading “Who’s Afraid of Squirrels? (Fearless February Day 12)”

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)”

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