Melvin is an avid reader and a retired chemist after working for a major pharmaceutical company for 32 years.
It seems as if almost everyone has a fear of something and then there are others who have a morbid fear of things in the world. These fears are called phobias. The dictionary defines phobia as an irrational or very powerful fear and dislike of something or a fear to avoid something. Life can be pretty difficult for these people with these phobias but with proper treatment they manage to lead a pretty normal life.
There are hundreds of phobias that people must overcome throughout the day to go about their daily lives. I am going to go though a typical day and come face to face with some of the phobias especially the ones you may have never heard of before. You may think some of these phobias are not actual words or even difficult to pronounce but they are such words. You will see that these phobias fall into three categories; social phobias, phobias that deal with being outside and phobias that deal with specific situations.
First Thing In The Morning
After waking up there are a few phobias people face first thing in the morning.
The first thing most people do after waking up is that they will generally take a shower immediately and get dress but there are some people, believe it or not, who have a morbid fear of bathing or cleaning their body. This phobia is called ablutophobia. Even those who take a shower, probably a very quick one, get dress right of way without wasting any time because they have an usual fear of nudity called nudophobia. Then there are those who make sure they brush their teeth and rinse their mouths with mouthwash because they have a serious fear of bad breath or halitosis. It is quite obvious what this phobia is called, halitophobia. This is just a handful of phobias people experienced in the first hour of the day. Let’s move along.
For some people things get even worse once they leave the comfort of their homes and step out into the big outdoors. Some people can’t even leave their homes because they suffer from a phobia called agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces or basically being outdoors. This word is also a category of phobias. It is used to categorize all phobias that occur outdoors. People with this phobia do not like being in public places or even leaving their homes because they see it as a safe place. There are instances where some people will not leave their homes because they simply do not like being around other people or just society in general. This phobia is called anthrophobia.
Now that we are outdoors there are other phobias some people have to deal with such as the sun. These people are literally afraid of the sun. They will cover themselves up completely to protect themselves from it. They suffer from a phobia called heliophobia or phengophobia if they have a fear for sunshine or daylight. These people usually will have the shades down or blinds closed just to keep the daylight from entering their homes. However, there are days when it is not sunny, a storm may be approaching and there is the sound of thunder in the distant. The sound of thunder or seeing lightning will cause some people to run back indoors and cover their ears and eyes. They are afraid because they have a fear of thunder and lightning called brontophobia and if it happens to be snowing outside they will stay in because they have a fear of snow. This phobia is called chionophobia. Eventually they will go outdoors because of another phobia, clithrophobia, the fear of being enclosed or if the house is too small they fear being in a confined space. They are suffering from the most familiar phobia called claustrophobia.
Working In Fear
Well, at some point we finally make it outdoors and reach our place of employment to start our duties at work. Even here some people experience phobias while they are working. What do most people do after they get their coffee and sit down at their desk? They start tapping away on the computer keyboard to check their e-mails or other matters. There are people who will not touch a computer because they have a phobia called cyberphobia, a fear of computers or working on a computer. In addition, there is another phobia related to work that makes it virtually impossible for some people to even have a job. These people are afraid to work and they are not lazy. The problem is they just have a morbid fear of working called ergophobia.
We all know that sometimes very important decisions have to be made on jobs, but there are people who have a morbid fear of making decisions called decidophobia. Obviously, they will never get a promotion with that phobia and believe it or not there are people who have a serious fear of money, a phobia called chrometophobia.
Lunchtime: Eating In Fear
Cafeterias and restaurants are other places where people with phobias have problems. There are people who have a fear of eating or swallowing called phagophobia. I am not sure how these people manage to eat their food but they probably are fed intravenously to receive their nutrients. Then there are people who have no problem eating but they have a fear of vegetables called lachanophobia or a fear of meat called carnophobia. These phobias can be worst, there are people who are afraid of everything on their plate. They dislike food all together. This usual phobia is called cibophobia. Again they must be fed intravenously if they have this phobia.
The Fear At The End Of The Day
There are phobias some people encounter at the end of the day while they are on their way home from work or other social activities. Here is one some people can relate to and it is called amaxophobia, the fear of riding in a car or vehicle. Apparently these people must spend a lot time on their feet or wear out a lot of shoes. Furthermore, there are people who have no problem riding in cars but are afraid of going over bridges in them. They have a phobia called gephyrophobia.
If you are leaving from these activities in the late evening hours and you are determine not to stop at anything to make sure you get home before dark. Then you suffer from a phobia called nyctophobia, the fear of dark or night and if you are not afraid of the night then you might have a morbid fear of bats. This phobia is called chiroptophobia.
Finally, you arrive at your house and a thought comes to your mind that you have a fear of going into the house, a phobia called domatophobia, the morbid fear of being in a house. Then you realize that this not where you live and say to yourself “I live in apartment, now I know why”.
I only touched a few of the hundreds of phobias here. There is literally a phobia for practically every action we can do or situation we are capable of being in. The fearful point about all these phobias is that the vast majority of people do not experience any of them but all it takes is one traumatic experience in their lives to change any of their everyday actions or situations into a life-altering phobia. You can click on the links below to see more phobias and their meanings.
sudama prasad on March 09, 2011:
Thanks Very good onformation.
Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on March 04, 2011:
Karanda, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my hub. There are many and it seems to be one for almost anything or everything you do in life.
Karen Wilton from Australia on March 04, 2011:
Wow, I had no idea there were so many different types of phobias. Great work melpor, thanks for sharing this.
Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on March 02, 2011:
Killerkaty87, thanks for your comment. This is a very common phobia. My grandmother had this pobia. She use to move to the center most spot in the house away from all the windows and doorsduring a thunderstorm.
Killerkaty87 from Navarre, Florida on March 02, 2011:
Aha! I now know what my fear is. Brontophobia! I'm so bad, I'll hide under desks or tables, and as a grown woman it's very embarrassing. Nevermind trying to work through it in a busy day. Very helpful, thank you for writing this. =]
Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 25, 2011:
Purpleangel, thanks for your comment and your compliment on my hub. I thought I try something a little different besides just listing all the phobias. I have a slight fear of daddy long legs. They always gave me the creep when I see a brunch of them in a corner.
purpleangel47 from Baltimore, Maryland on February 24, 2011:
I loved how you created this melpor! I hope and pray I NEVER develop chrometophobia! But the one that has me in a chokehold is arachnophobia! UGH! When I was a teen Dad told me if I killed enough spiders, my fear would leave. NOT! I've killed them - screaming and crying - watched the movie Arachnophobia 9,000 times; made myself go to the area of the pet store where they are; even hubbed about them: (Come inside my spider phobia) NOTHING WORKS!! If you EVER want to see a grown, 49-yr-old woman reduced to hysteria, put a spider in front of me! UGHHHH!!!
Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 23, 2011:
Thanks for your comment Almasi. I thought of this approach while I was writing this instead of just presenting the phobias as a list.
almasi on February 23, 2011:
Wow, a very interesting and intelligent way of explaining phobias.
Melvin Porter (author) from New Jersey, USA on February 20, 2011:
Genna East, thanks for your comment. You are right phobias are not a laughing matter. It is a very serious problem for some people. All these phobias mentioned in my hub are from documented cases of people who actually experienced these phobias. Again thanks for stopping by.
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 20, 2011:
Fascinating hub, melpor. I had no idea some of these of phobias existed. I used to suffer from coulrophobia (fear of clowns), which took me years to get over. Phobias are no laughing matter.