Practically every phobia you could invent has been given a name. The word ‘phobia’ has been around for almost 2000 years, when a Roman writer called Celsus first used to describe morbid fears. Even William Shakespeare mentioned them.
The majority of people suffer from at least one phobic fear; probably the most common of all phobias is arachnophobia (fear of spiders). There are of course degrees; for example if a person sees a spider and almost has a panic attack then that is a severe reaction, whereas another person’s reaction might be one of ‘ugh, I don’t like spiders’ and that’s the end of it.
Another fear which is quite common is the fear heights; for example a person who feels almost drawn to the edge of the cliff and who fears he might just throw himself over the edge is suffering from acrophobia.
A fear of being stared at is known as scopophobia. Again, a person who is actually afraid of blushing is suffering from ‘ereuthophobia’ (fear of blushing).
Sigmund Freud suffered from hodophobia which is a fear of travel.
Queen Elizabeth I; she could not stand a rose near her and so was suffering from anthophobia.
Another quite well-known phobia is triskaidekaphobia and a famous sufferer was King Edward VII; it caused him acute anxiety if ever there were thirteen people at a table. On one occasion he was dining and there were thirteen people at the table and just as he was about to suffer a panic attack he was told that one of the lady diners was pregnant which meant that there were in fact fourteen at the table and that was acceptable.
Emetophobia is another very common phobia, (SPOV – severe phobia of vomiting). It’s sometimes called the secret phobia, because ‘sufferers’ feel embarrassed to admit to it.
Phobias are a symbolic outward expression of an internal anxiety. The sufferers are all afraid of the same thing that nameless, something, inside themselves, but outside their own control.
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