by Suw on September 11, 2003

Via Neil Gaiman comes an index of phobias.

It seems that my fear of driving, which could I suppose be loosely interpreted as a fear of cars or vehicles and riding in them, is ?amaxophobia?. However, cruel is the only word to describe the person who decided that a fear of long words should be known as ?hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia?.

Oh, and btw phobophobia is a fear of phobias. Now wouldn't that be a cruel phobia to have?

Cal September 11, 2003 at 7:24 pm

I'm sorry, could you repeat that. I didn't quite catch it.

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A visitor September 24, 2003 at 1:25 am

i would like to say something about the phobophobia comment. i have phobophobia, and some people might find that quite humurous.. but i have a terrible fear of being afraid. for instance, say someone bring something up about a scary movie. i will be so upset about seeing a scary movie i will almost cry because i dont want to be afraid.. and that scares me. if i actually do see a scary movie that makes it about one hundred times worse. i will cry and say i told you no i told you no over and over and then i will go home and keep my lights on.. even though i do that every night anyway… but i will sit up in my bed and have nightmares if i accidently fall asleep.. i usually don't get sleep for a week and if i do it will be a few hours… scary things haunt me for months.. sometimes years. so i am afraid of scary things because i know i will be afraid. and that scares me.

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Suw September 24, 2003 at 8:03 am


I just wanted to say that my comment about phobophobia was made in an abstract way and wasn't at all meant to disparage anyone suffering from it. As I mention, I suffer from amaxophobia – I actually don't know anyone who's as scared of driving as I am. I tend to make a rotten passenger too. So I do have sympathy for anyone suffering any phobia.

I really hope you haven't taken offence at the comment as it wasn't meant in a nasty way, and I wish you all the best with conquering your phobia.

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