Darkness, spiders, heights... everyone is scared of something. But some people have much stranger fears
Darkness, spiders, heights… everyone is scared of something. But some people have much stranger fears
Do you hate going to dinner parties? Does the thought of making conversation about property prices and private school fees give you the creeps? You may well have a case of diepnophobia.
This describes the condition of being afraid of human-like figures, such as waxwork dummies or those really creepy mannequins they have in shop windows.
Here’s one that we hope your patients don’t suffer from. People with macrophobia have an irrational fear of long waits. Pretty sure I might have this one myself.
We have all met an ergophobic or two in our lifetimes, no doubt. If you can call it an affliction, sufferers are said to have a genuine fear of working … or so they reckon.
People with this phobia should steer well clear of talkback radio shows, sessions of parliament and travelling in taxis. Allodoxaphobia describes folks who are afraid of opinions.
If you have this particular phobia then you are afraid of the very word that describes it. In what seems to be a fairly cruel joke, this condition is the fear of very long words.
So if you have managed to make it to the end of this series on phobias, then you certainly don’t suffer from this condition, because this phobia is the fear of phobias.