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What are you afraid of?

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 8:58 AM

Me, I'm scared out of my mind of snakes. Just the thought of snakes -- even the smallest snake -- makes my skin crawl. When I see one on television, I cover my eyes. When I'm moving (on a riding lawn mower), I lift my legs up and scream. My husband always tells me they're more afraid of me than I am, especially when I'm riding a machine with sharp blades -- I doubt it.

I'm scared out of my mind of them. I'm really not sure how or when my fear started, but I definitely have Ophidiophobia or a fear of snakes.

I recently read an article online that cited most common phobias. They were:

Arachnophobia -- The fear of spiders

Ophidiophobia -- The fear of snakes

Acrophobia -- The fear of heights

Agoraphobia -- Fear of open spaces, leaving a safe place, or crowded public places

Cynophobia -- The fear of dogs

Astraphobia -- The fear of thunder and lightning (Also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, or Ceraunophobia

Aviophobia -- The fear of flying

Mysophobia -- The fear of germs or dirt

Necrophobia -- The fear of death or dead things

Claustrophobia -- The fear of enclosed spaces

Some rare and unusual phobias I came across were:

Nephophobia -- The fear of clouds

Emetophobia -- The fear of vomiting

Bibliophobia -- The fear of books

Heliophobia -- The fear of sunlight

Kopophobia -- The fear of fatigue

So, what are you afraid of?


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"I ain't afraid of no ghost!"

-- Posted by simmons on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:20 AM

There's something strange...goin' here...

-- Posted by Hedley Lamarr on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 12:57 PM

Congress

-- Posted by Question? on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:57 PM

Obamaphobia -- you figure it out.

-- Posted by Wordmaster on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 7:58 PM

Wigs has triskaidekaphobia.

-- Posted by Lil' Hahn on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 9:16 PM

Birds! Strange, but true!

-- Posted by arn83 on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 10:21 PM

Arn83, I'm not a fan of birds either. I have a cousin who is scared of them. Her co-workers played a nasty prank on her one day. They covered her entire car with bird seed. When she went to her car after work,there were birds everywhere. Needless to say, she wasn't a happy camper.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 7:56 PM

SPIDERS!!!! Any size don't matter! I scream and run as fast as I can the other way....

-- Posted by justme65 on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 12:50 PM

The only thing we have to fear...is fear itself.

-- Posted by rich58 on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 1:03 PM


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