Types of PhobiasSocial Phobias
Orrin hated eating in front of other people. It was so embarrassing. He was always worried that he'd do something gross like chew with his mouth open, spit out a piece of food, or spill on himself. Even worse, what if he started to choke? He pictured one of the teachers giving him the Heimlich maneuver in front of a cafeteria filled with people. He would die of embarrassment.
So that people couldn't watch him eating, Orrin stayed away from the cafeteria. Instead, he'd sneak off to somewhere private, like a bathroom stall or empty classroom, and eat his lunch there. He could usually wolf down some thing before someone came by — at least enough food to keep his stomach from growling until school let out. Then he'd go home where he could eat undisturbed.
A social phobia is a powerful fear of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of other people. The most common social phobia is public speaking. Others include the fear of being at parties, using a public restroom, or talking to an authority figure such as a teacher. A person with a social phobia feels as though he's not as skilled or talented as other people. He may feel as though every small mistake he makes is a terrible error. When he does something embarrassing or attention-getting, he often feels as though everyone in the room is staring at him, even when they aren't.
Again, a person with a social phobia knows his fear doesn't make sense, but he can't control it. The fear and anxiety are so powerful that the action, or even the thought of the action, can cause him to have a panic attack. The easiest way for him to cope with the fear is to avoid the situation that causes it.
Some Specific Phobias
An enormous number of specific phobias exist. Some of these, such as claustrophobia, may be familiar to you. Others, like alektorophobia, are probably unfamiliar.
Fear of being alone—monophobia
Fear of being cold—frigophobia
Fear of chickens—alektorophobia
Fear of children—paediphobia
Fear of churches—ecclesiaphobia
Fear of darkness—nyctophobia
Fear of demons—demonophobia
Fear of dogs—cynophobia
Fear of enclosed spaces—claustrophobia
Fear of fire—pyrophobia
Fear of flowers—anthophobia
Fear of flying, the air—aerophobia
Fear of fur—doraphobia
Fear of germs—spermophobia
Fear of ghosts—phasmophobia
Fear of hair—chaetophobia
Fear of heights—acrophobia
Fear of human beings—anthropophobia
Fear of itching—scabiophobia
Fear of leaves—phyllophobia
Fear of meat—carnophobia
Fear of meteors—meteorophobia
Fear of mirrors—eisoptrophobia
Fear of noise—phonophobia
Fear of number 13 — triskaidekaphobia
Fear of pregnancy—maieusiophobia
Fear of snow—chionophobia
Fear of travelling by train—siderodromophobia
Fear of water—hydrophobia
Fear of writing—graphophobia
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