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31 Phobias: #1 The Boogeyman

Updated on September 29, 2014

The Boogeyman

The "boogeyman" can come in all shapes and sizes.
The "boogeyman" can come in all shapes and sizes. | Source

Boogyphobia

Fear of the Boogeyman (aka Bogeyman)

People who suffer from this fear also fear goblins, spirits, demons, &c. and pretty much anything that has to do with the paranormal. As with most phobias, those who suffer from Bogyphobia can vary with symptoms depending on the person. Symptoms such as anxiety, the feeling of dread, sweating, extreme sweating, dry mouth, nausea, the inability to put words together to make a sentence, shaking, and become frozen with fear (temporary paralysis).

Sufferers are also known to have a strong belief in the supernatural and most have witnessed/experienced some traumatic event to develop such an odd and extreme phobia.



Bogeyman Origin

Where did the Bogeyman come from?

The bogeyman doesn't really have a specific place of origin. Since the bogeyman comes in all shapes & sizes and is known in several different cultures, it's believed that there is definitely more than just one bogeyman.

What does the Bogeyman do?

The bogeyman usually has one specific job. To punish naughty children who misbehave. The punishment can vary from bogeyman to bogeyman from carrying them away in a sack to making thumbs disappear.

Different types of Bogeymen

The bogeyman is known all over the world. Depending on the culture or belief, the bogeyman can carry out their horrible deeds even from right under the watchful eye of parents and guardians.

  • Bahamas: The bogeyman is known as "small man". Small Man is known to ride in a cart that is drawn by itself and stops to pick up children who are out after sundown.
  • Germany: The bogeyman is known as "the black man", but not for the color of his skin but instead because he hides in dark places, dark corners, in closets and under beds.
  • Haiti: The bogeyman is thought to be a very tall man, with legs two stories high (20 ft.). He walks around the towns at exactly midnight to catch and eat anybody that stays outside.
  • United States: The bogeyman varies from one side of the country to the other. In the east, the bogeyman is known as the Jersey Devil. In the Midwest, the bogeyman scratches at windows, while in the Pacific Northwest, the bogeyman appears from a mysterious green fog. All these bogeymen are known to wear mostly all black with a hood or a dark hat.

Some people believe that bogeymen are nothing more than "shadow people", which is a different entity all together.

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