Reviews & Profiles
The fears we just take for granted
Posted Wednesday, September 25 2013 at 08:39
No one likes to feel lost or overwhelmed, especially when things do not go according to plan. Everyone has their poison and usually when a crisis occurs, that is when people are pushed to the edge. When this happens, that ushers in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which stems from a point where someone feels that bad things are happening and they are losing control of their lives. For example, when life suddenly surges forward and people feel like bystanders, then we try to rearrange. One perfect excuse for OCD is Ataxophobia,the fear of disorder or untidiness.
My dance with phobia
Acrophobia- the fear of heights, lured me into her camp last year. I think I had a mild form before but after I got knocked down by a truck at the side of the road it grew by leaps. I didn’t know how much until I had to walk a narrow road with ravines of sort at the sides. So, on one part, I am hyperventilating when a car in motion threatens to knock me off the road yet the only escape are deep trenches that seem ready to swallow me, so either way it seems there is no way out.
Ever since the accident, my claustrophobia- fear of closed spaces, evolved. Not content with fear of tiny spaces, it now involves narrow roads as well. That’s such a bummer. I do not enjoy abandoned walks anymore especially if that road has cars.
Have you ever seen an insect and your skin crawls? That is Acarophobia- fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching.
Little children fear the dark. They like to sleep with doors open and lights on. As a little girl, when I lay in the dark, I saw shapes and shadows take on a threatening form. That too is chronicled as Achluophobia- fear of darkness.
Every sane person is afraid of pain. When you go for an injection you will notice that you flinch even before the needle touches you. That is Agliophobia- the fear of pain and
Aichmophobia- the fear of needles or pointed objects.
I keep saying it is not safe to travel alone after dark, but seriously anything can happen. Now my friends think I have Agraphobia- the fear of sexual abuse. This is more common among people that have been sexually abused before. I cannot stand pets; cats, dogs and other furry objects when they rub themselves against me.
My heart skips a beat, then beats frantically as I stifle a scream and try not to take flight as my legs beg me to bolt. And I have since learnt that I need to blame it on Ailurophobia- the fear of cats.
Many of us cannot stand criticism, I mean why can we not have people who think we are perfect and can do no wrong? But until we find such people, we have to put up with Allodoxaphobia- fear of opinions.
Then there is Anuptaphobia- fear of staying single, I guess everyone with the exception of nuns and priests suffers from this.
There are times when people touch me and I literally feel like my skin is crawling. This is not isolated to times when creepy people touch me but even perfectly normal people. I guess my body just decides who it likes or not. And I have Aphenphosmphobia- fear of being touched or Haphephobia to blame for this.
One of my best friends is so afraid of numbers he can’t even count his age! Seriously, however easy a calculation is he just will not solve it. He has issues too, Arithmophobia- fear of numbers.
We are phobic in so many ways, we just do not realise it anymore or have made it seem normal.