Plutophobia-One Phobia I Don’t Have–This is also my 100th post!!

I was looking up the names of phobias the other day just to see if I could figure out how many I had. I do have a few but wow, there are a bunch I don’t have , thank goodness.

I definitely don’t have plutophobia and it’s not the fear of the planet Pluto, which I guess has recently been downgraded to a non-planet.

Symptoms of Plutophobia – Fear of wealth:
breathlessness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying or becoming mad, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack.

Ok, don’t have that fear. I want to be wealthy. I crave wealthiness. No fear for me there.

Now how about peniaphobia. No, it is not the fear of penises.

What is Peniaphobia?

Defined as “a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of poverty”, each year this surprisingly common phobia causes countless people needless distress.

Now this one I might have a little but it’s not debilitating. If my daughter loses her job it might be. But even then I know she would get another job and I could get some kind of fat lady cripple work. Maybe be a cripple greeter at Hell-Mart.

Now this is a good one. I bet you’ll never guess what this one is: pteronophobia. Got a clue? Are you ready?

What is Pteronophobia?

Defined as “a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of being tickled by feathers”.

This next one is another one I don’t have. This is actually one I love and am very good at doing. After breaking my ass you would think that I would have this fear: cathisophobia.

Cathisophobia – Fear of sitting.

Cathisophobia or the fear of sitting can affect people who perform some sort of activity which is related to pain with sitting. People who have been hostages and been tortured by making them sit on nails, pointed objects, burning ambers, etc. sometimes fear sitting. They recollect all the trauma associated with that phase and start becoming afraid to sit.

Sometimes, the sitting fear is due to some punishment in the school days, or it may be an indication of some other phobia like sitting in front of elite and influential people. Cathisophobia is characterised by sweating, heavy or short breathe, anxiety, etc.

Someday, maybe I can sit back on my ass and not have it hurt after 1/2 an hour. But I have no fear of sitting on it. I’ll sit on command.

How about auraphobia?

Known by a number of names – Aurophobia and Fear of Gold being the most common – the problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates. Symptoms typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread, although everyone experiences aurophobia in their own way and may have different symptoms.

That gold bar is worth about $9200.00. And I’m not afraid of it.

And lastly barophobia:

What is Barophobia?

Defined as “a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of gravity”

Now personally, I like gravity because I have a fear of heights which is called Acrophobia. Without gravity we would all just float away. You would somehow have to tether me to the ground. I think it’s the only real phobia I have. I certainly don’t have a fear of gold or wealth.

What phobias do you have?

Looks like an interesting read. I’d probably end up with a phobia of this book.

One more thing, I didn’t give credit to the dictionary where I got a lot of this info. Do you think Webster will sue me? I will give credit to Wikipedia though.

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. javaqueen
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 02:25:47

    Congrats on your 100th! This post cracked me up “The pop-up book of Phobias” I gotta get to Amazon! Also, I do have a fear that someone will tickle my feet… I cringed when I read that Joan!


  2. Peter Parkour
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 02:31:41

    I have a fear of not being able to publish a post when I’m ready to. :mrgreen: Geez I’m such a dork. 😉 I also dread typos in my post and comments, but it doesn’t seem to stop me from letting it happen all the time. 😐


  3. Hannah
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 03:59:32

    Wow – very interesting, Joan! I learned a LOT from that post.
    I have various phobias … messy playrooms, couch cushions not being in order, my computer dying, losing internet access, being forced to drink coffee, missing an episode of LOST, and running out of highlighter pens.


  4. Hay
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 05:58:53

    Lol. I’m sorry but some people are too freakin WEIRD!!


  5. trishatruly
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 07:28:36

    Now you need to post a blog about compulsions. THAT is one I can definitely relate to. My phobias are fairly generic in nature but my compulsive behaviors are much more interesting!
    ps. I am so not afraid of that gold bar! Somebody test me, please! Give me one!


  6. CuriousC
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 08:19:50

    I love the educational posts! Thank you. This was very interesting. I hate spiders but don’t have an irrational fear of them like I did as a kid. Hey – did I miss an explanation of your new avatar? What IS it?! Maybe I have a phobia of it – it is creepy!


  7. boundandgags
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 08:48:01

    I wrote about a guy who was afraid of mailboxes. That one made me think less of the gentleman.

    My girlfriend, who enjoys yard work, doesn’t like bugs. When we moved into this house I had to tell the neighbors not to worry if they see her running around the yard screaming and waving her arms. She’s not on invisible fire.

    We’re doing yard work one day and she yells and runs to me. She asked if I heard what she heard. I, for the billionth time in a row, said no. She looked around frantic and said,

    “I swear I can hear every bee in the world.”

    “That,” I stated. “Is the stupidest super power ever.”


  8. Just a Mom
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 10:32:12

    I have a fear of driving over bridges. Even the stupid tall overpasses we have here in Texas can freak me out. But it’s ok, I just close my eyes and the problem goes away! 🙂


  9. joanharvest
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 10:53:29

    @ JavaQueen
    Now the question is “Are you afraid they will tickle you with a feather or just any object or their hands?” It’s probably a different phobia for each circumstance. When I was young the wasband used to try to tickle my feet but I trained myself to to not even make a face when he did it. It took a lot of practice but I felt it was quite an accomplishment at the time. He used to get so annoyed because I could do it.

    I hate it when I’ve made a mistake in a comment and can’t go back and correct it. Well, your the sweetest dork I know! 🙂

    @ Hannah
    “Being forced to drink coffee” My sister’s greatest fear is running out of coffee. I’m with you on the LOST one. When I was in the hospital for four weeks last year with pneumonia I had my DVR all set to record LOST. Evidently my DVR broke while I was away and the kids traded it in for a new one and I missed four episodes. I almost had to go back to the hospital from panic attacks.

    @ Hay
    I’m with you on people being weird. I’ve met my fair share. Actually I may even be one of them.

    @ Trisha
    That’s a good idea, OCD is on the rise. You read about people that vacuum their rugs and the lines they create on the rug have to be perfectly straight. I can’t even remember when my rug got vacuumed last.

    @ CuriousC

    I guess I better take a better photo of my cane. I think because it’s so small you can’t really see that it’s a cane. I thought a cane would be an appropriate avatar but not if it looks creepy and people can’t figure out what it is. 🙂

    @ B&G
    “afraid of mailboxes” I wonder if they even have a name for that phobia?

    I cracked up reading about your girlfriend’s super power. I can’t think of much you can do with that power. Except make people laugh!!


  10. joanharvest
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 10:56:49

    @ Just a Mom

    I don’t like driving over the bridge to get on the Cape where I live. It’s the only way to get here unless you cross the canal by boat. But on the rare occasion that I drive over it I do manage to keep my eyes open a crack. But if you can get across them, eyes closed, more power to you. 🙂


  11. Little Miss
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 11:31:55

    I have that phobia of poverty, for sure. I’m always afraid I’ll lose my internet connection and then what will I do?? I have some of the normal phobias – snakes, mice, rats, ex-husbands. But normally, I’m pretty fearless, and that, for me, may be just as scary. LOL Good post. Congrats on your 100th! I don’t know how many I’ve done. I’ll have to look.


  12. c
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 14:53:11

    i found this ironic:
    Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- the fear of long words.

    My mother and i, while on the phone, often visit The Phobia List.
    It’s so extensive. There are so many phobias! but i often wonder if many confuse phobia (a debilitating fear) with regular old normal fear. i’ve a sister terrified of bees because she doesn’t want to get stung, and will scream if one gets too close- but she goes outdoors still. Who knows?

    i am terrified of falling backward. Just the thought of it makes my stomach hurt. Right now i can see my head cracking open and all my little brains oozing out on a sidewalk or kitchen floor.

    i second trisha’s idea for a list compulsions. You’d do it up right. 🙂 Now those i could list and list cos i rock my OCD like a star.


  13. teeni
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 16:07:19

    I’m not really afraid of too much that I can think of. But I do get startled by things, like walking through Home Depot and having a mouse come running across the floor in front of me. They don’t scare me because I actually think mice are kind of cute, but to run out in front of me without warning, does surprise me. I was happy to find I don’t have Plutophobia either. I enjoyed learning about all these phobias. Oh, is that a new photo of you in the blue dress on the left sidebar? Is it prom or something? You look so pretty.


  14. betme
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 16:17:13

    Congrats on the big 100! My biggest fear is time standing still at 3:15 and me never being thru with this day.


  15. birdpress
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 18:32:00

    Very educational and fun post! The comments were great too. I am afraid of spiders and that is probably the only fear I might consider a phobia. Oh, and robophobia. I made that one up, but it is a fear of robots. Especially human-like ones. They scare me worse than anything.


  16. birdpress
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 18:32:55

    Oh yeah, and congrats on the 100th post! (Only 100?) 😀


  17. Red
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 21:36:08

    Interesting list.
    Im claustrophobic and agoraphobic.

    Congrast on the 100 posts!!


  18. thebeadden
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 22:46:58

    Congrats on your 100th post! Here’s to many more.
    I had a phobia after caring for someone with a terminal illness, I had to be inside all the time. When I did get help, it was only for quickly running around to get other things done. After she passed away, I found it terribly difficult to go out. It was awful. I overcame it but it took years.


  19. odette
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 23:09:37

    because i’m a total klutz, i developed this fear of slipping on the floor and cracking my head. i even shudder at the thought, right at this moment.

    but definitely, i am not auraphobic nor plutophobic. never.


  20. joanharvest
    Jun 06, 2008 @ 10:33:48

    @ Little Miss
    I wonder what the name of the phobia is for losing your internet connection? You’re not the only one who has said that. It must have a name.


    I had to laugh when you said you have a fear of falling backwards because that is exactly what happen when I broke my ass

    That’s a strange name for the phobia of a fear of long words. There definitely is a difference between fear, phobia, obsession and compulsion. I think I have some of each.

    @ Teeni
    I was 32 when that was taken. I made the dress myself for a wedding I was a Matron of Honor in. It was the last thing I ever sewed. Actually, I think my sister made most of it.

    Mice don’t scare me either. The kids had more pet mice, gerbils, reptiles then any family should have. One of my son’s pet mice got loose one day and I found it in his sock drawer. We also had a Python for a summer.

    @ birdpress
    Now robophobia is a new one. I wonder why robots scare you. I’ll bet you didn’t watch that movie Robots with Will Smith. My wasband has an irrational fear of clowns.

    Yea, I’ve only done 100 posts. When I first started I didn’t post that often. But then I got on a roll.

    @ Red

    I used to be somewhat agoraphobic. I could actually leave my house but I couldn’t leave town. It’s only since I got on Zoloft that I can leave town.

    @ thebeadden
    That sounds like agoraphobia. That can take years to overcome. I’m glad you were able to. True phobias are difficult to deal with because the fear is so intense that it creates panic attacks.

    @ Odette

    You’re just like c. She has a fear of falling backwards and splitting her head open. Look at my comment to her in this post and you can click on the link on how I fell backwards this past December and broke my ass.


  21. caryn
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 09:42:33

    whoa! that looks like a real interesting book. but you’re right with phobias popping out at you, you’d get a book phobia real quick. maybe the kids who did the spiderwick chronicles have a phobia? hehehe.


  22. joanharvest
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 22:31:21

    I actually want to see The Spiderwick Chronicles but I saw and open page from that phobia book and I don’t think I want to see the rest of it.

    Thanks for stopping by.


  23. Megan
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:58:40

    The thing is, a phobia isnt just a fear. It is where you have panic attacks and you hypervantalate and such. It isnt a phobia unless it seriously disrupts your life. I dont like spiders, but, that does not mean i have Aranchophobia. It means i am scared of spiders.


    • joanharvest
      Apr 09, 2012 @ 20:15:35

      This post was just a look at some interesting rare phobias. I quote myself in one of my replies on this post “There definitely is a difference between fear, phobia, obsession and compulsion. I think I have some of each.” Having suffered through real debilitating panic attacks when I was younger I am quite familiar with real phobias vs. fear of something. Thanks to medication I haven’t had a panic attack in 10 years. I wouldn’t wish a panic attack on my worst enemy.


  24. CodyPhalen
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 18:05:36

    Hey im afraid of falling backwards unless someone is there i can not get my backwalk over AND IM A CHEERLEADER. i REALLY want to know what phobia i have and dont laugh at me. im reading a book called school of fears and these 4 people have to go there im still reading so i dont know what else happens


  25. CodyPhalen
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 18:06:34



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