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Five Phobias You May Not Know Of

Updated on November 12, 2011
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Definition

Phobia is defined as a persistent, irrational, intense fear of a specific object, activity, or situation (the phobic stimulus), fear that is recognized as being excessive or unreasonable by the individual himself.

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Five Uncommon Phobias

Many of us know the common phobias. One of which is claustrophobia, a fear of confined spaces or being trapped in a confined space. That one is really common. I see it all the time at the hospital where I work. Another is arachnophobia, a fear of spiders. At times I suffer from this and with no delay my husband becomes my hero. However, I feel it’s ok to have a healthy fear of some things. What about those that are not so common, those we never hear of?

For example, mageirocophobia, a fear of cooking. I have never heard of this but might be able to use it a few times to get to go to a nice Italian place; or what about spargarophobia, a fear of asparagus. Personally, I love asparagus alongside salmon covered in pesto sauce. I suppose if I look at them long enough, they could terrify me. I mean look at ‘em, they are kind of aggressive.

Enough of food related phobias, let’s move on to phartophobia. Phartophobia is a fear of exactly what it sounds like, a fear of passing gas (i.e. farting) in a public place. Let’s face it; it’s just rude to do so! Oh, but our later phobia makes more sense now, I could have a fear of eating something that would cause me to pass gas (which asparagus could do), especially in public!! Bromidrophobia is a fear of body odors. Hmmm……I could be afraid of my own farts?

Last but not least is ablutophobia, a fear of bathing. Doesn’t every child go through this phase? We all hear the stories of parents fighting to get their children in the tub or shower. Not me! I remember getting dirty on purpose just so I could take a bath, loved every minute of it.



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Not A Joke

In this hub, I was making light of a not-so-funny matter. On a serious note, every phobia is caused by some traumatic event in that individual’s life. Usually stemming from a childhood experience; however, they can develop later. Some phobias become so serious they are considered a disorder and the individual needs medical attention. One last fact, most people who have phobias are women, although, men can have them too.


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    • justateacher profile image

      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      To some people, phobias can sound very funny and strange...to others those same phobias can be terrifying...just as you said

      Is there a phobia of phobias?

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      GloraFire 5 years ago

      Phobophobia, the fear of phobias! Thanks, didn't think of that one.

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      Stefford 2 years ago

      The term for fart fear is flatuphobia.

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