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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Phobo-Listo-Philia

Wikipedia defines phobia as:
an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus.

The list of phobias is daunting, but for sure, incomplete. I mean, listing an obscure phobia of bathing and not listing some of the more common ones? Surprising. For example, where is:

starophobia,
of being stared at by all men within 500 metres of vicinity? 99.2% of the females suffer with this phobia making them believe that they are either very attractive or have something stuck in their teeth, resulting in their doing nervously foolish activities.

smilophobia,
A phobia of smiling or grinning? This typically results in a permanent bull-doggish appearance in the said person.

secretophobia,
A phobia of maintaining any secret? (more popularly known as otta-vaazhi in tamil, pet mein na pachna in hindi or tattle-tale in english)

naturalophobia,
A phobia of looking or acting natural? The phobic usually hides the natural color of his/her face, nails & lips, the shape of their eyes & cheeks, or use fake accents.

timeophobia,
A phobia or intense dislike of arriving on time?

driveroadophobia,
of driving on roads, a phobia more common in India?

Are there any more phobias that have been missed out?

PS: In case you are wondering, I suffer from driverophobia and secretophobia all the time, and the rest occassionally.



6 comments:

Anupama said...

Good one!
Ya, now that you pointed them out, I suffer from some of these occasionally.

naturalophobia! haha

Kunal Chandra said...

I have few more to add:

Getupatsix'o'phobia: The phobia of getting up at 6 in the morning

Dentfromleft'o'phobia: The fear of someone ramming into your car from left side leaving a big black scratch on its white body

and (you are going to kill me for this)
Idliophobia: The fear that your south indian friend who has invited you home for dinner might come up with the brilliant idea of serving you idlis....

:-)

Archana said...

LOL!! getupatsix'ophobia is awesome! EVERYONE would suffer from it!!

idliophobia?! really.. its time i invited you for dinner!!!

Kunal Chandra said...

Idliophobia has been a long contained fear and I am sure I have lost all my South Indian votebank after maknig a public remark like this... :-)

Archana said...

Haha! On the contrary, I think every southie is desperate o invite you home and prove you wrong by interesting variations of Idli!

Archana said...

Haha! On the contrary, I think every southie is desperate o invite you home and prove you wrong by interesting variations of Idli!