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Cuprolaminophobia, A Fear of Coins
Fear of Coins
There are literally thousands of phobias which people suffer from and while some, such as arachnophobia or claustrophobia, are widely known, others are a little more obscure. One of these is cuprolaminophobia, the fear of coins.
My daughter had suffered from this phobia since she was a toddler and over the years, her aversion to coins, whether silver or bronze, has intensified. She has never been able to save pennies in a piggy bank because the thought of accumulating coins sends shudders of disgust through her. Although she will take loose change offered to her in a store, she has to put it in the bottom of her bag or hand it to someone else almost immediately or she begins to feel sick. Given a choice, she would never handle coins at all.
Another manifestation of the phobia is that she can't eat if there's a coin in her line of sight. If there is loose change in a room where she's eating, it has to be removed, or covered up.
For many years, I thought that she was exaggerating the feelings of nausea she experiences when she sees coins, but recently whilst surfing the 'net, I discovered that she's not alone. People who suffer from cuprolaminophobia experience varying degrees of aversion to coins. Many can't bear to hold them; others feel sick looking at them. The feelings of revulsion are often intensified if a coin is rusted, dirty or wet.
Like many sufferers of obscure phobias, people who have cuprolaminophobia often face ridcule from others who can't understand how something as seemingly harmless as a coin can produce such an intense fear. My own reaction to my daughter's aversion was, for many years, unsympathetic and often I told her to 'stop being silly'. However, having come to see it as a genuine phobia, I've developed a more understanding attitude. It's important to be patient with a person who suffers from a phobia and not make them feel worse about it than they already do. After all, most of us has something that we fear and we can't always provide a rational explanation for how we feel.