Friday, October 26, 2012

A Haunted Garden Halloween Hop- Fears and Phobias

Phobias and Fears – Do you have one?

Do you love a good horror film? Will you stay up late reading a dark romance and imagine a vampire coming to steal you into the night? When faced with our fear, the rush of blood can leave you dizzy and the surge of adrenaline can weaken the knees. I love a good scare. So when thinking about this Halloween Hop, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at those sometime irrational phobias that can paralyze us with fear.

Acrophobia is the fear of heights but not to be confused with vertigo, which is a condition of disorientation when looking down from a great height. People with Acrophobia will often refused to climb stairs.

Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces and is the most common phobia.

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, and not just having a spider crawl across the carpet. But people will fear spider webs and pictures of spiders.

Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning, most common in children.

Aviatophobia is the fear of flying and probably one of the most known phobias.

Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed, tight or small spaces

Entemophobia is the fear of insects. I think many of us hate bugs.

Erythrophobia is the fear of blushing. People with this phobia become very self-conscious which then makes the condition worse.

Nosophobia is the irrational fear of having or developing a disease. If you have this phobia, you’re probably told you’re a hypochondriac by your doctor.

Nyctophobia is the fear of the dark and tends to be a condition for children.

Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes but if you fear other reptiles then you have herpetophobia. Usually people with these phobia just aren’t afraid of the reptiles and snakes, but also pictures of snakes and even talking about snakes sends a shiver of fear down their spine.

Trypanophobia is the fear of medical injection or medical needles, sometimes to the point of low blood pressure and fainting. However, if you just fear needles than you are known to have aichmophobia.

Zoophobia is the fear of animals. Zoophobia usually develops because of a traumatic experience with an animal.

Is there a phobia or fear, even if it’s made up, that fits you?

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Allyson said...

Unfortunately I have two of those snakes( yuck yuck) and heights( I will not get on rides b/c of my fear)! I tried one time when my husband and first started dating and they had to stop the ride b/c I was having a full blown panic attack and couldn't breathe! 12 years later he still tells that story about how I was trying to impress him as his version goes;) And snakes I don't want to be near them, see them, fake, real, dead or alive! I'm getting chills just thinking about the stupid things! Happy Halloween!

Mackenzie Crowne said...

Great list. I get nervous in several of these situations as with heights and spiders (yikes) but I'm wondering if there is a phobia named for the fear of cows. LOL I know, weird, but then if you've never been chased by a bull as a seven year old you won't understand.

Happy hopping Halloween!

Julie said...

I'm deathly afraid of spiders so I guess that means that I have arachnophobia! What a fun blog hop!

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Nicole McCaffrey said...

Lepidopterophobia, which is a fear of butterflies. I know it's weird, but I don't like things that flutter and butterflies, along with moths and birds, give me the heebie jeebies.

I also don't like heights or small crowded spaces--more than one or two people on an elevator with me ...and I'll get off and wait for the next one.

Christine Elaine Black said...

I don't think I have phobias until I read about them and then I start to wonder. I don't like heights, or creepy crawlies, or really crowded places, but I can deal with them - it's just uncomfortable.
Happy Halloween and thanks for the fun blog hop TWRP!

Calisa Rhose said...

Oh boy- is there a phobia of phobias? I think I have that! LOL My hubby is terrified of snakes. I am afraid of injections and one of my daughters has this phobia too. It's strange because as a small child I was anemic and had to have blood drawn every two weeks or so and take meds. The drawing of blood doesn't, and never has, bothered me. I like to watch the process, but come near me to inject something and I panic. Spiders? Oy. I have ripped my shirt off in front of co-ed groups, screamed hysterically for long periods of time and almost left my hubby over spiders. Oh- and thrown books if I come across a picture unexpectedly of one.

squiresj said...

Hate horror movies - won't read horror books or romances - but love coming to author's websites and getting to know them. My daughters on other hand who are adults love it all.
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angie said...

i dont like strangers or talking on the phone to people i dont know, i i wont open the door to people that i dont know and woe and behold if i have to go out side takes my family at least 20 mins to get my fingers from the door jam

happy halloween

Hywela Lyn said...

Happy Halloween everyone.

I don't have a phobia of snakes or spiders and most creepie crawlies fascinate rather than repel me, but like Calisa I hate injections. The anticipatio is always worse than the event but it still makes me shudder at the thought!

Stephanie_C said...

I like snakes and I'm not generally scared of spiders, although I was for about a fortnight after I watched 'Arachnophobia'!

Jean MP said...

I don't like snakes, but spiders and bugs have never bothered me. And I really don't like heights or closed in spaces.
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Karyn Good said...

Grasshoppers! But not a fan of any bug but the Ladybug variety. Anything that slithers.

Beckey said...

Claustrophobia here ....

Great list

Happy Halloween


CJ Clark said...

Claustrophia and snakes, not fond of insects either. Nice post.

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