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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Phobias

You've probably heard of arachnophobia, thanks in part to the movie with the same name, and claustrophobia, but what about Gephyrophobia or Mysophobia? I was surprised to see that I suffer from several of these! What about you??? Leave your phobias in the comment section and we'll all compare. Thanks!

1. Ailurophobia: Fear of cats

The only cats I'm afraid of are the ones on "America's Funniest Home Videos" who can talk!
Remember the cat who repeatedly said, " Mama, mama!" Freaky!
2. Cynophobia: Fear of dogs
You guys know I love dogs; it's the dawgs I'm a little leary of, and anything that foams at the mouth.
3. Entomophobia: Fear of insects
I am not inordinately afraid of "bugs," but we went camping one year where they took on prehistoric dimensions! Something landed on our picnic table that sounded like a helicopter coming in for a landing! Some scary stuff!!!
4. Ereuthophobia: Fear of blushing
Now, this one really surprised me! I have a strange fear of the "old lady applying too much blush" syndrome. I saw a photo of myself and I realized I had a heavy hand with the blush and knew the time had come - to buy a mirror with better magnification so I can see what the heck I'm doing without my glasses on! I looked like "Raggedy Anne." Gag...
5. Gephyrophobia: Fear of crossing a bridge
This one has a lot of us nowadays, especially after the tragedy in Minneapolis.
6. Gymnophobia: Fear of seeing a naked person
Uh, yeah! Especially myself in the bathroom mirror! It's worse than Texas Chainsaw Massacre!
7. Ichthyophobia: Fear of fish
I'm only afraid of fish that have fins and swim while this eerie music plays in the background: ta-dum, ta-dum, ta-dum...(Technically, is a shark a fish?)
8. Mysophobia: Fear of dirt
I'm very afraid of any dirt that may get dished out about me. It could be juicy! (Sure...)
9. Nostophobia: Fear of going home
My first husband had this but only when he and Jack Daniels had gotten together.
10.Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes
Only the vipers and those in the humanoid group.
11. Phobophobia: Fear of phobias
Does this mean some people sit around being afraid of being afraid? Scary!
12. Psychrophobia: Fear of the cold
Nope, not me! I have the opposite. I have "Gehennaphobia," and an extreme fear of weather systems over 75 degrees! (Notice the spelling of this phobia - awfully close to "psycho!"
13. Spectrophobia: Fear of mirrors
This fear goes hand-in-hand with No. 6. Sometimes I can be walking about and glimpse this person who sort of looks like me but yet, doesn't look like I ought to look. She scares me. I think it's my reflection. Shiver....
Be sure to check out all the other Thursday Thirteen participants!

22 comments:

crazy working mom said...

I'm with you on the insects...AND mirrors. Most of the time I don't like what those darn things show me. heh heh

Tink said...

Very interesting! As far as I know I don't have any of them. :-)
My TT is about BED.

Gattina said...

I really feel more intelligent now after reading your post ! Fortunately I don't suffer from any of these. Didn't even know that there were so many. I only suffer from talktoomuchphobie or should I translate it into latin then it sounds more distinguished ? But I have to admit I sometimes suffer from gymnophobia when I see some human species at the beach !

grace said...

My daughter has nostophobia after we go to the mall...

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

mine is nocaknophobia, fear of having no cake...

smiles, bee

Denise Patrick said...

I don't have any phobias, but I had a friend once who was deathly afraid of cats. She even acknowledged that it was unreasonable, but there it was. She was still afraid. And, I'm with you about bugs - YUCK!!!

My TT is about my summer travels.

Sarge Charlie said...

I got one, I have a fear of Phobais and #10 applies also

Katie said...

I hate spiders... those are what really get me.

Come and check out my recent post!!! :) (it's for you!)

Suprina said...

My daughter is terrified of DOGS! Any type of dogs, even puppies!

Great TT!

Heart of Rachel said...

A very interesting list. First time I heard of fear of phobias. Sounds very complicated.

I have fear of heights but it's manageable.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

I think my kids have a fear of insects. Glad to put a name to it:)

katherine. said...

humanoid snakes....laughing...

Lori said...

Great list and facts:) Happy TT.

Talk..to..Grams said...

You had a great list!! I loved #12
I am like you on this one!! I like the cold not the Hot!
This was fun!!

Damozel said...

I'm not to the phobic point, but I am afraid of large dogs unless they are clearly in the custody and control of someone I know. I got menaced by a pit bull once and it doesn't look as if I've moved on...

Your comments were hilarious, particularly on the fear of seeing ONESELF naked (it ought to have a name of its own) and the mirror thing. I find myself reluctant to shop in stores that put mirrors in unexpected places. There are some things about myself I don't need to know....

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

This is quite the list!! Phobias!! I would never think to list these!! Hm!! I don't think that i have any or well maybe the fear of insects!! I do not like some of them. We live here with BIG and I mean BIG cockroaches. They are called palminto BUGS but they are just BIG flying Cockroaches if you ask me!! YEW!!
Blessings, SAndy

Katie said...

Hi! Here is the link to that post...

http://katiesreading.blogspot.com/2007/08/gracie-over-at-echoes-of-grace-awarded.html

Comedy + said...

I laughed out loud at #9...I had one of those too. I loved Empress Bee's phobia too, but all those that know her knew she had that. Great answers and a great TT too. Have a great day Gracie. :)

What Works For Us said...

I too got a chuckle out of #9! Quite the list!

Travis said...

From this list, put me down for #3 and #10. I also have arachnophobia.

Natalie said...

Thankfully, no one in my home has cynophobia. :)

Happy Belated TT!

martie said...

I have the first one....but that's because my own cat attacked me in my senior year of high school resulting in a trip to the E.R. to repair the calf muscle in my right leg where she bit me while twisting her head back and forth tearing the muscle and skin....OUCH! AND FEAR NOW!