Phobia Here, Phobia There; Phobias Phobias Everywhere!


-Marissa Tomko

I have coccinellidaephobia.

It’s so bad, especially during the beautiful spring months. I’m so afraid. The reason I am skeptical to tell you what this phobia means is because looking at the word that coccinellidaephobia is associated with gives me the biggest chills.

Okay, I think I can tell you now. It’s not like I have logophobia. If I did, I’d have to reroute my career goals.

Ladybugs. THERE. I said it. Coccinellidaephobia is the fear of ladybugs and I have only ever heard of two other people who have it. So please, if you do, feel free to comment below. I could really use you right now.

There are a lot of wacky fears out there, and I have complied a list of what I find to be the top ten most interesting. (Note: If you suffer from phobophobia, I suggest you leave now.

Geliophobia: The fear of laughter

Why did the chicken cross the road? I’m not going to tell you, just in case you suffer from this phobia.

Dextrophobia: Fear of objects at the right side of the body

As a left handed member of society, I respect this fear.

Nomophobia: The fear of being out of mobile contact

Let’s be honest, we all have this to some degree.

Barophobia: The fear of gravity

Well, meet you on the moon, I guess.

Arachibutyrophobia: The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

If you suffer from this, my advice is to avoid elementary school cafeterias.

Bibliophobia: The fear of books

Hey! I think I developed this during finals week last quarter!

Syngenesophobia: The fear of relatives

There are a couple of people in my family that cause this fear in me. And no, I’m not going to name any names.

Ablutophobia: The fear of washing or bathing

I think my little brother suffers from this. But it’s fine, he still smells good . . . somehow.

Ephebiphobia: The fear of teenagers

Okay, okay. This is fair. Teenagers are pretty sketchy characters.

Koumpounophobia: The fear of buttons

Zippers are way easier to work anyway.

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