It is not unusual for people to have a fear or two, like a fear of flying, height, open spaces, driving, but for some, this fear can become excessive and irrational. At this level, the fear becomes a phobia. People will have different trigger thresholds, the point at which the phobia condition takes over.
A phobia can be defined as an intense, irrational and perpetual fear of situations, people or activities, which if not treated and overcome has the potential to ruin personal, work and social life.
To have some fear is necessary to avoid dangerous situations and in most cases is reasonable and rational. However, what most people would consider mundane, harmless and ordinary, to some would be frightening and develop into full blown phobias.
The following are just some examples of weird phobias:
This is a phobia of cleaning, bathing and washing, more prevalent in emotionally unstable women and children.
Very difficult to believe, but this is a phobia of dancing, generally felt to be a joyful and enjoyable pastime.
Fear of chopsticks! Probably arising from a previous traumatic experience.
The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth, so swallowing rather than chewing is the order of the day amongst sufferers.
The fear of looking up. Just think what sufferers miss out on. The sky, sunsets, rainbows…..
The fear of clothes, or more specifically, a particular type or material. Usually, this condition is found in those that are overweight and middle-aged, who think that clothes make them look worse.
This is the fear of knees, which could be your own or those of someone else.
The fear of being looked at, which has obvious adverse implications on social activities.
Some people have a fear of hearing good news, believing that bad news is sure to follow!
This is the fear of the opinions of other people, particularly about personality, clothes, appearance, home, in fact just about everything!
This phobias list could go on and on, with endless examples of what many people believe to be strange and weird phobias. To those that suffer however, these phobias are far from strange, but are debilitating and life affecting to say the least. Read the rest of this entry »