Are you scared? Be very scared…

Because today is Face Your Fears Day.

It’s normal to be afraid of some things. But phobias are different. Phobias are strong and irrational fears or aversions. Phobias plague you when you know you shouldn’t be afraid but you just can’t help yourself. Do you have an irrational fear or phobia?

I am not down with the clown.

Personally, I am afraid of clowns.  It is an irrational fear because a clown has never hurt me, yet, even the thought of clowns makes me anxious.

And no, I have not seen IT, nor do I intend to, thank you very much.

My son informed me that there is a name for the williness people have about clowns: Coulrophobia. 

Some people have strong aversions that are not precisely fears but have the same, net effect. For example, I had a friend in high school who did not like the feel of velvet. You could not even say the word “velvet” to him without him shuddering all over. That is how much velvet freaked him out.

How about you? Do you have a phobia? Maybe you have a fear or aversion to…

  • Acrophobia  – fear of heights
  • Claustrophobia – fear of small, enclosed spaces
  • Agoraphobia – fear of public spaces
  • Trypanophobia – fear of needles (like shots)
  • Nyctophobia – fear of the dark
  • Mavrogatphobia- fear of black cats
  • Phasmaphobia – fear of ghosts
  • Wiccaphobia – fear of witches or witchcraft 
  • Samhainophobia – fear of Halloween (for real)
  • Cucurbitophobia – fear of pumpkins (I do not make this stuff up, I swear)
  • Phobophobia – fear of fear!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who evidently had phobophobia)

Psychologists say people should overcome their phobias through exposure therapy. That is, you expose yourself to that which you fear.

Well, now I have a phobia of psychologists because I think that is a simply rotten idea. No way am I signing up for “more clowns.” Nope. Not doing it. 

Do you have a phobia that is, well, bigger than your bravery? List it in the comments!

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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