Many fears

In Health & Lifestyles on January 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

By:Victoria Pan

For coulrophobes, clowns can be quite scary. Even if we don't know it, there is a phobia for everything. Photo courtesy of Google Images

Spiders, heights, flying, and the dark-these are all very different things, however, and give certain people goose bumps and chills down their back. That certain person may even be you. Each person is different and unique; however, there is something that we all have in common- fear. We all have phobias, some not very serious and some that lead us to the psychologist.

Friday the 13th is supposedly the day of bad luck. People who fear this day have a case of friggatriskaidekaphobia. Sound scary? Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, another phobia, is the fear of the number 666. This phobia derived from the Bible verse Revelation 13:1 describes the number 666 as the Number of the Beast and is linked to the Anti-Christ. Two notable people who held this belief were Nancy and Ronald Reagan. After moving into their new house, 666 St. Could Road in 1989 and having the fear of number 666, they changed their address to 668 St. Cloud Road. It is even said that some women had a fear of giving birth to children on June 6, 2006 (6/6/06).

Clowns are supposed to be a humorous figure for younger children, but nowadays, it is not surprising that so many people have the urge to run from them.  Hollywood films and novels could be the blame for their ruined reputation. However, there is a specific phobia for those who fear clowns, Coulrophobia. According to one of the BBC News story, 250 children between the ages of four and sixteen either fear or dislike clowns. If you are one of the many that has a distaste for clowns, has been made in dedication of coulrophobes.

If as a child you were scared of the dark, you had a common phobia, Nyctophobia. Horror movies and Halloween may be the blame. Many are sure to get Nyctophobia after experiencing Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, a thrilling yet scary adventure, similar to Charlotte’s Scarowinds. Symptoms of Nyctophobia include sweating, sudden increase in heart rate, shaking, and feeling ill when in the dark.

“Don’t talk to strangers” is a phrase you’ve probably heard a couple of thousand of times. Xenophobes have a fear of strangers, even those who dress or speak differently. They may feel uncomfortable around certain races such as “Asians” or other groups such as “gays.”

There is a phobia for almost everything in the world, from a fear of garlic to a fear of money. Everyone has some form of phobia. The things we encounter on an everyday basis may be a scare to others. Some of them may even seem absurd, such as Zemmiphobia, fear of the great mole rat. Who knew the great mole rat would be so frightening!

  1. I thin I have Zemmiphobia.

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