Xylophataquieopiaphobia- That is Scary


The Fear of Not Pronouncing Words Right! 


Vivek Hande

 Seneca wrote, “Where Fear is, Happiness is Not”. While it is right to say that one should be able to face ones’ fears and take them head on, the reality is, that fears often do have a way of gripping you in a tight vice.  The other side of every fear, they say is freedom.

Fear is described as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous and likely to cause pain or pose a threat. Phobias are an extreme or irrational form of fear or anxiety that is out of proportion to the situation or object. Phobias are a strong, unreasonable fear or even a feeling of hate for a particular thing. Phobias are typified by being persistent and often make the sufferer want to avoid a situation or an object. 

Each of us have our own share of fears-logical or otherwise. Every time I travel, I have a consistent fear that my checked in baggage will be misplaced and will not arrive on the conveyor belt and if it does, it would be the last to arrive on the belt. More often than not, my fear on this account turns out to be true. I have started many trips to places shopping for new clothes. I am also rather well known in the “Missing Baggage” section in most airports.

 Another of my fears is to do with ATM booths- I have a fear every time I insert the card, that the machine is going to refuse to give me money (it happens very often) or worse, gobble up the card (happens to me with worrying regularity). 

Yet another of my consistent fears is to do with ceiling fans- I have a transferable job and each time, I shift into a new house, I make it a point to do the “Fan Test”. I swing on the fan in each room to ensure that it is indeed secure and not likely to fall off when in motion. Well, each to his own!

There are three kinds of Phobias. The three types of phobias are Social Phobia (fear of public speaking, meeting new people or other social situations), Agoraphobia(fear of being outside), and Specific Phobias (fear of other items or situations). While it is certainly not a nice thing having a phobia about anything, the range of things once could be phobic about does make for an interesting list.

Object / SituationPhobia
Fear Of Anything Yellow(Sun/ Daffodils/ yellow Paint)Xanthophobia
Fear Of CheeseTurophobia
Fear Of Falling AsleepSomniphobia
Fear Of ClownsCoulrophobia
Fear Of Woods/ Forest/TreesHylophobia
Fear of the NavelOmphalophobia
Fear Of Being without Mobile Phone coverageNomophobia
Fear Of HeavenUranophobia
Fear Of RainOmbrophobia
Fear Of BeardsPogonophobia
Fear of the Number 13Triskaidekaphobia
Fear of HolesTyrpophobia
Fear of Mess and UntidinessAtaxophobia
Fear of Almost EverythingPanphobia

This list is by no means exhaustive and is actually endless and that is rather scary in its own way.In today’s scenario, the one fear which dominates all others is “Coronaphobia”. Anybody who coughs is looked at with such intense fear. An unmasked person evokes a strange sense of trepidation, anxiety and sheer dread.

 Fears, as somebody remarked are rationally and carefully cultivated as roses; Phobias are however quite irrational and are like wild weeds. Be that as it may, we have to confront our fears and face them before they consume us. Sometimes just a little bit of light is enough to change phobias to fluttering butterflies.

Author: vivekhande

A gastroenterologist who writes from the gut. an observer ; a learner ..

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