What is your phobia?

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Which apply to you?

1. Acro- (heights)
36
22%
2. Arachno- (spiders)
30
19%
3. Auto- (being alone)
14
9%
4. Avio- (flying)
5
3%
5. Bacillo- (bacteria/germs)
3
2%
6. Claustro- (confined spaces/santa claus)
12
7%
7. Coulro- (clowns)
9
6%
8. Emeto- (vomiting)
3
2%
9. Hemo- (blood)
2
1%
10. Hydro- (water)
3
2%
11. Ligyro- (loud noises)
9
6%
12. Nycto- (darkness)
11
7%
13. Paraskavedekatria- (Friday the 13th)
0
No votes
14. Phono- (loud sounds)
2
1%
15. Pyro- (fire)
2
1%
16. Radio- (radiation)
3
2%
17. Techno- (technology)
0
No votes
18. Xeno- (strangers)
18
11%
 
Total votes: 162

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What is your phobia?

Postby GCM » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:12 pm UTC

Other interesting ones include Gephyrophobia (fear of bridges), Anglophobia (fear of British people),Erythrophobia (pathological blushing), Dentophobia (dentists), and Gymnophobia (naked people).

I've been thinking about this for maybe half an hour. I'm afraid of heights, but not excessively so. More of falling. Or dropping things that I'm holding over the edge. It's not a very deep fear, but I have others... Also, it's funny how I got the urge to jump over a 3-storey balcony a few times when I was up there (I think it might be Portal influence. Dammit heel springs!)

I tried once to have this discussion with schoolmates, but one turned away and the others followed suit for some reason. Anyways... choose any that apply. The list would be more comprehensive, but I'm trying to be a bit more representative. I mean, I'd like to get to know someone who has Osmophobia (fear of smells), but these don't seem to come around too often.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby TheMagicalTurtle » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:24 pm UTC

None of those, but being a shy person, I guess Xenophobia would be closest. I'm not AFRAID of strangers though.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby mrcheesypants » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:23 pm UTC

I suffer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Neris » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:09 pm UTC

I suffer from agateophobia (fear of insanity) and apeirophobia (fear of infinity)... I'm also afraid of outdoors/nature (walking through the woods/camping/hiking is not my thing, especially at night). I've gone hiking a few times and its not so bad around fall/winter. I'm really just afraid of bugs and wild animals.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Nebuduck » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:26 pm UTC

You forgot lutraphobia.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Upsilon » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:22 pm UTC

mrcheesypants wrote:I suffer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

That's "fear of long words" for the uninitiated.

I'm sort of afraid of heights, but not to the point where I will consciously avoid high places.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Neris » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:24 pm UTC

I'm also deathly afraid of being rickrolld
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby mrcheesypants » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:41 pm UTC

Neris wrote:I'm also deathly afraid of being rickrolld


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby parkaboy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:55 pm UTC

i have very strange, specific fears. I'm not afraid of ALL dogs, but i'm afraid that some unattended dog will come out of nowhere in the middle of the night (like while i'm walking to my car) and kill me. I'm not afraid of the dark, i'm afraid of dark beyond light. i'm ok with spiders as long as i dont find them ON ME unexpectedly or while i'm driving.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Neris » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:13 pm UTC

mrcheesypants wrote:
Neris wrote:I'm also deathly afraid of being rickrolld


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4

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right... as if i'd click the link. silly.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby annals » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:51 pm UTC

I had no idea there was a name for my irrational fear, but it turns out it's lilapsophobia: fear of tornadoes. Got it from here.

Needed on the list: lutraornithophobia

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Yuri2356 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:11 pm UTC

Somehow, I think there are perfectly rational reasons to be affraid of a giant vortex that can throw cars around.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby tryptanymph » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:32 pm UTC

Spiders. Ick. DESTROY THEM ALL.

Also, I have a fear of grounds. Not of heights. Anyone who reads Discworld should understand what I'm talking about.

I have a fear of mugging. But I'm sure that's perfectly rational. I mean, who likes getting mugged? :roll:

Any other fears...?

Uhm...

Phobiaphobia is a fun one. :D
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby nyeguy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:37 pm UTC

sleepygamer wrote:Phobiaphobia is a fun one. :D

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!

Anyway, I can't think of anything offhand I am really afraid of, among the common phobias. It isn't really a fear, but needles puncturing the skin creeps me out (I get chills down my spine and everything).
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Postby tryptanymph » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:47 pm UTC

nyeguy wrote:
sleepygamer wrote:Phobiaphobia is a fun one. :D

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!

Anyway, I can't think of anything offhand I am really afraid of, among the common phobias. It isn't really a fear, but needles puncturing the skin creeps me out (I get chills down my spine and everything).

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Mr Pete » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:48 pm UTC

Meh, I used to have arachnophobia, then I realised I was hundreds of times bigger than them, and no spiders in the UK are poisonous (of course, if they were poisonous, my fear wouldn't be irrational now would it :mrgreen: )

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby DarkKnightJared » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:03 pm UTC

I agree with Nyeguy and Sleepygamer--whoever invented needles deserve a large and combersome object lodged deep into their rectum.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Insignificant Deifaction » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:24 pm UTC

19: None of the above.

Myself: Androphobia
tara: Agoraphobia

I technically have bacillophobia, but that comes from obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Pandercolour » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:28 pm UTC

Upsilon wrote:
mrcheesypants wrote:I suffer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

That's "fear of long words" for the uninitiated.

Well NOW I'm afraid of long words. Jesus Christ, people.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby cypherspace » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:33 pm UTC

Also none of the above. In fact... none. At all.
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Postby TizzyFoe » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

parkaboy wrote: i'm ok with spiders as long as i dont find them ON ME unexpectedly or while i'm driving.


Great now i have that fear in my head. I'm going to be on the highway in a really tense situation that demands my full attention, and i'm going see a spider crawling on me, but there will be nothing i can do.

I guess my only fear is groups of strangers. Particularly when i'm alone. If the number of people i don't know in a group out numbers the people i do know i start to get a bit nervous. But this is only for my peers, strangers younger or older then me dont bother me at all. Also this fear doesn't apply if the whole group is doing something that i know how to do (ex i wouldn't mind playing touch football with lots of people i didn't know). I guess it also doesn't apply on the internet, because here i am talking with all you strangers.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:16 am UTC

I don't know if it's a true phobia, but I ABSOLUTELY cannot stand cockroaches. The very thought of them freaks me out a little.

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Postby DarkKnightJared » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:21 am UTC

cypherspace wrote:Also none of the above. In fact... none. At all.


Well, all that means is that we have to find something for you to fear... :twisted:

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Wormwood » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:36 am UTC

cypherspace wrote:Also none of the above. In fact... none. At all.


Me as well. I used to be scared of the dark, but I grew out of that.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:41 am UTC

You people need to fear snakes more. They're like the stealth-assassins of the reptile world...when all the world leaders die of snakebite, raptors are a few days behind them. Maybe only hours.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Wormwood » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:49 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:You people need to fear snakes more. They're like the stealth-assassins of the reptile world...when all the world leaders die of snakebite, raptors are a few days behind them. Maybe only hours.


There are no snakes in New Zealand. I've only ever seen a snake once, in Australia, and i'm pretty certain it wasn't poisonous. They're not scary.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Mo0man » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:53 am UTC

Isn't xenophobia a fear of outsiders? like aliens?

I checked it anyways, since w're following your definintion
Also, auto-, ligyro-(isn't everyone at least startled by noises? apparently not people here), nycto-...

I'm also a little afraid of closed spaces, but I guess that's only panic that sets in when I can't really move

Edit: I was also freaked out by a snake the only memorable time I saw one. But then again, I think it was cause I stepped on it and was scared of the squishy. It was okay afterwards tho
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Aleril » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:58 am UTC

1. Height, and I have realized this when I went to the grand canyon and freaked out, as well as smaller falls.

2. Darkness, and I realized that when I was going though my house and turning on all of the lights to keep me in the light.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby nsmjohn » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:32 am UTC

I checked autophobia. Ones that aren't on the list that I have to some degree or another:
Anatidaephobia - Fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you (thank you Gary Larson)
Agateophobia - Fear of insanity... cause I don't know the one that is the fear of already being insane
Anuptaphobia - Fear of staying single
Athazagoraphobia - Fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Not an Evil Robot » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:55 am UTC

hights, spiders, and Im pretty sure my feelings about vomiting count as a phobia.

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Postby McCaber » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:15 am UTC

Worms. Tapeworms especially.

That is my major phobia. I just hate those things with a passion.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Zohar » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:40 am UTC

Heights and snakes. There's no fear of snakes so I put fear of spiders. I usually don't mind bugs too much, unless they start crawling on me, in which case I'd go "eww, get off me" and shake the appropriate appendage until they get off.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby ascendingPig » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:19 am UTC

Upsilon wrote:
mrcheesypants wrote:I suffer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

That's "fear of long words" for the uninitiated.

'tain't true, dear.

"Sesquipedaliaphobia" would make sense. A "sesquipedalianism" is a long word, literally one that is "six feet" long.

However, a "Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" would be more like a fear of six-foot river horse monsters. It was never a real word, and was started as a prank by some loser who likes making up nonsensical words. This word has become pretty popular among trivia junkies in spite of the fact that it doesn't really mean anything -- or at least not what they think it means.

By-the-by, my personal fear is panphobia -- a fear of everything.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby ThorFluff » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:26 am UTC

I'm afraid of nothing!
Except moths! GAH, they're not disgusting per say, or freaky, they just plain scare the shit out of me :P
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Luthen » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:36 am UTC

Wormwood wrote:There are no snakes in New Zealand. I've only ever seen a snake once, in Australia, and i'm pretty certain it wasn't poisonous. They're not scary.

Everything in Australia is poisonous, everything. Even our trees (last line in first section) are poisonous!

I'm have a somewhat rational fear of heights. If it requires safety harnesses and stuff, I'm uncomfortable because it is obviously unsafe. The irrationality begins because in every case that I've been afraid, after doing it once it became one of the best experiences of my life.

I thought I saw someone post this but my fear of heights is more of a Terry Pratchett kind of fear, say Barophobia.

I have to admit to having a small level of xenophobia which I HATE every time that it appears and feel really guilty about afterwards.

Agateophobia? Easy cure: believe you're insane. Then all you have to suffer is: logikiophobia!

From the Phobia List my favourites are:
  • Anemophobia (Fear of Air) - what?!
  • Staurophobia (Fear of Crosses/Crucifix) - hehe vampires' fears
  • Parthenophobia (Fear of Girls, Young or Virgin) - that must suck
  • Hellenologophobia (Fear of Scientific Terminology, etc) - not on this forum, surely?

That list is too much fun!
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Irrational » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:56 am UTC

I am bothered by all tiny, creepy-crawly things, from rodents, to bugs and spiders, to germs and viruses.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby doc leech » Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:35 pm UTC

Is there a phobia for the unknown? That'd be my #1, followed closely by spiders who I don't know well.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby parkaboy » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:43 pm UTC

ThorFluff wrote:I'm afraid of nothing!
Except moths! GAH, they're not disgusting per say, or freaky, they just plain scare the shit out of me :P


as a person who has been attacked in the face by a butterfly before, i can understand your aversion to them. I still like moths and butteflies but GUUuUuUh. not in my eyes, thanks.
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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:25 pm UTC

ThorFluff wrote:I'm afraid of nothing!
Except moths! GAH, they're not disgusting per say, or freaky, they just plain scare the shit out of me :P

I have a friend like that. Apparently, when he was a little kid, a huge swarm of moths flew in his face. It's irrational, sure, but understandable.

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Re: What is your phobia?

Postby The Ethos » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:26 pm UTC

I'm surprised that agoraphobia didn't make the list. It's one of the most common. 5% of people at any time have it. In addition, anyone who has a panic disorder (and to a lesser extent OCD) has a very good chance of developing it.
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