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Monday, January 9, 2012

Strange Fears In The New Age

I have always been fascinated with the concept of phobias. It's quite interesting how we acquire this irrational fear of certain things. Whether it is a function of a childhood trauma, an early on experience that predisposes an individual to this type of behaviour, as an outcome of aberrant upbringing, damaging experiences or environment. Simply put, it is just a little something that isn't so right.

I suffer from acrophobia - yes, fear of heights.

Don't let me get started on this one, talking about it makes me totally nauseous. I was told by my therapist, when under hypnosis as he facilitated my regression; that back when I was barely a year old, I hung from the banister with one hand, when I tried crawling down the flight of stairs in the house where we used to live. For a brief moment of my daredevil stunt, I looked down. Perhaps like all babies in the crawling age, there was no fear then, but the visual of the distance between where I was suspended and down the stairs, must have gotten stuck in my neurons somewhere. Yeah, curses! To-date, I still dread having to look down from any elevated place. I imagine myself falling and breaking my frickin' neck. 
I yet have to zip-line, to once and for all, deal and confront this fear. A full bottle of Jack chased down with half a bottle of Tequila, would not be a bad idea to encourage me from pushing myself to be up for the challenge. (Damn it, now my fingers are sweaty with the thought!)

But what I have found most curious above all, is the proliferation of fears that have been uncovered and explored fairly recent in our centuries-old world. I am talking about extremely unique fears and phobias, I find it rather disturbing that my own phobia of heights is considered commonplace, an all-time classic, compared to the the "new age" phobias.

Nipponophobia - fear/dislike of the Japanese or anything Japanese
Sinophobia - fear/dislike of Chinese (I would not be surprised if they come up with a Mongolophobia or fear of anything that descended from the Mongol race)
Xenophobia - fear/dislike of foreigners and extra-terrestrials

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - yup, fear of long words (such irony!)

Decidophobia - fear of making decisions; (fairly common in corporations and government)

Nihilophobia - fear of nothingness (I don't really have much to say about this)

Hexakosioihexekontahexaohobia - fear of the number 666 (must have been triggered by the movie series, THE OMEN, as the film highlighted the number of the beast, the anti-Christ)

Disposophobia - the fear of losing or getting rid of things; (more popularly known as "compulsive hoarding"; I recklessly declare this is pretty much an acquired fear and more common among adults who have experienced or are experiencing recession)

Workplace phobia - quite self-explanatory; I can attempt to elucidate, but what's the point?; can be referred to as the anti-thesis of workaholics

Technophobia - the fear/dislike of technology, especially computers and other complex devices (remember the Luddites?); you'll be surprised, but this phobia is quite prevalent across the globe. You can spot technophobes easily, chances are, they don't Blog.


  1. You should try out the skywalk in Grand Canyon. They even give out a certificate which reads "I survived the Skywalk"...provided you survive the ordeal!!

  2. Over the years, I have come to realise that my fear of heights is not due to height itself but rather, the complusion that I feel to throw myself off any thing of great height...notice how the word height seems wrong when you use it more than 3 times in a sentence?

  3. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: Has been my favorite word since discovering it. :D

  4. What about fear of big, government-sponsored controls. I have this fear, but I'm actually quite certain that it may not be all that irrational.

  5. Ummm, admitted recovering Neo-Luddite V- At your service!
    I may be the only person NOT on Facebook... is that an indicator?

  6. Rationalophobia - The fear embedded in all cimate change deniers.

  7. I have a fear of commenting on blogs. AGHHH! Dammit.

  8. When I went skydiving I was asked if I had a fear of falling. I said, "No, it's not the falling that I'm afraid of; it's that sudden stop at the end..."
    I know, I know - it's an old joke. ;)

  9. Ramakant: you just spooked me big time; the thought gave me an acid reflux. lol!
    Lily: ahhh ... yes. hahahaha
    Jamie: I love saying the word too. All the time.
    Tim: I have more, want to swap lists?
    V: nope, you have progressed my dear, haha, more than you think!
    Addman: there's more than the climate they try to rationalize y'know.
    Flip: yay! you have conquered your fear!
    Kevin: just lame, but lol!