It seems like the perfect time to address phobias and fears, since fright night is coming. We all have them. We all try to overcome them. But they are persistent, like a mind plague eating away at our confidence. There’s a phobia for almost anything. It’s startling.
I conjured up a list of 10 surprising and scary phobias, some well-known, some not. Are they irrational? You can decide for yourself.
Phobophobia: The fear of phobias.
I’m starting with the doozy of all fears. How is it possible to be afraid of fear? How do you cope with this one? It’s like a panic attack caused by a panic attack. A never-ending domino effect of fear. It leaves me speechless.
Automatonophobia: The fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or anything that falsely represents a living being.
Does that include dolls? No, that’s called Pediophobia. I think I have a little Automatonophobia and Pediophobia. I’ve written stories about inanimate humanoid-like things coming to life. Let’s face it; ventriloquist’s dummies, wax figures, and the like are slightly sinister.
Bogyphobia: Fear of the bogeyman.
Who doesn’t have this fear? He’s hiding under the bed, in the closet, under the stairs and any other dark place, especially in the mind. He takes on all forms and terrorizes children and adults alike. He is the sum of all fears.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: Fear of the number 666.
I fear the length of that word, but that’s a fear all its own that I’ll discuss later. The number of the beast is a devilsh number, conjuring up horrific images of hellfire and damnation. Personally, I’m not afraid of numbers unless I have to add, subtract, multiply or divide them. I also have a slight fear of the moment my number is up.
Politicophobia: Fear of politics or politicians.
This isn’t irrational, at all. Politicians are fearsome creatures that suck the life from everything they touch. They are kind of like the clueless, narrow-minded bogeyman in a suit, sitting at a desk, making all the important decisions about the future of a nation. If you’re not afraid of that, you are fearless indeed.
Sesquipedalophobia: The fear of long words.
This name should be shorter to appease the fears of people with Sesquipedalophobia. What were the phobia namers thinking? I would have this fear if I were a grade-schooler in a spelling bee.
Nomatophobia: A fear of names.
If you have this fear, you can’t speak it. How would you fill out a questionnaire or application asking for your name? Social situations and meeting new people would be out of the question. This would be a debilitating fear.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia: A fear of Friday the 13th.
Damn you, Jason Voorhees and your 12 sequels! Are they afraid to make a 13th? There’s a new phobia: Fear of making the 13th sequel of a movie or book.
Euphobia: The fear of hearing good news.
What? Why? I guess some people thrive on the drama of life.
Chaetophobia: The fear of hair.
I do have the occasional fear of a bad hair day, but nothing as extreme as this. I blame the werewolf and the hairy, aging, Speedo wearing beach-goer for Chaetophobia. They can be quite terrifying.
Now, get out there and conquer your fears or write about them. They can make creative, empowering stories.