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.