(Even though this is a very tongue in cheek post, in NO way am I trying to dismiss other people who have phobias or anxieties of any type, I just need to laugh at how messed up I am sometimes and all my quirkiness, with that being said…)
“Phobia (plural phobias or phobiæ)”
An irrational or obsessive fear or anxiety, usually of or about something particular.
I was really beating myself up yesterday because I was procrastinating on doing things I have a “phobia” about…and when I beat myself up, I get even more anxious and upset which then sets up this whole messed up mind set. This morning I was going to write about my phobia called: “Cenophobia or Centophobia“- Fear of new things or ideas. Mind you, I don’t have a phobia about ALL new things/ideas, but when it comes to starting new projects, meeting new people, going to a new place, even getting my hair cut, (the list goes on and on) I get a little hinky.
I’m not going into the why’s and wherefores of my phobias as I usually save that for my ever patient and supportive therapist, but my “trickster” said to me this morning, “Wendy, you need to lighten up and laugh at yourself a little.” And then came the idea of looking at all the phobias I have (which I usually don’t find funny at the time) so that I can celebrate how neurotic I am. So, it is with great pleasure, I share with you some of my phobias.
Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.
Atychiphobia- Fear of failure.
Catagelophobia- Fear of being ridiculed.
MY BIGGEST PHOBIA:
Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns. (Yes, I was of that generation who’s childhood was haunted by this insane children’s show “Bozo the Clown” and then my phobia only increased when I happened to watch the t.v. movie “It” by Steven King.)
Iatrophobia- Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors.
Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes.
Ochlophobia- Fear of crowds or mobs.
Odontophobia- Fear of dental surgery.
Satanophobia- Fear of Satan. (Again, relating to “Bozo” as this is how I imagine Satan to look like.)
Soteriophobia – Fear of dependence on others.
Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives. (If you knew my relatives, you’d have the same phobia
Testophobia- Fear of taking tests.
I think I’ve left you with enough insight into what makes me tick and tock. This is only a mere taste of how darn messed up I am (which I KNOW stems from being “forced” to watch “Bozo!).
I’d love to know your phobias and if you want to see if they’re listed, you can check for it here The Phobia List.
I actually feel braver and well, a little “less” neurotic and just to show you my progress, I’m going to share a video of my favorite clown “Bozo.” Take that Bozo!
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