Everything To Fear Plus Fear Itself
resident Franklin D. Roosevelt
reminded us in his first
inaugural address, "The only
thing we have to fear is fear itself'
Well, I do not know how he would
have revised that statement if he had
been aware of some of the many fears
that can plague us. With the help of my
friend Ilene Miles,
I have decided to
share with you
some of the pho-
bias that are out
there; have your
For all those
who are vegetar-
ians or who hate
riddles about fowl
crossing the road,
your fear of chick-
ens is called alektorophobia.
You may be in denial about aging or
perhaps you have reason to fear mirrors
as you bout catoptrophobia.
When you are at a party and simply
refuse to dance, your excuse to your
spouse or significant other may be cho-
rophobia, a fear of dancing.
There have been many jokes made
about fear of clowns — how can some-
one whose job is to be funny instill
fear? — and yet there it is, and it is
known as coulrophobia.
The post offices are in
trouble financially, blamed
on the emergence of emails;
the officials have not given
much thought to the fact that
there are folks out there suf-
fering from graphophobia, a
fear of handwriting.
The next time you are
about to battle with some-
one about eating all the
vegetables on the plate, keep
in mind that it may not be
a matter of taste; some have
intense lachanophobia, a fear
I now have a new excuse.
Instead of being "old fash-
ioned" or refusing to come
into the current century
(which includes a strong
aversion to electronic gadgets), I now
claim to be neophobic, having a fear
of new things.
Those who maintain superstitions
are well aware of the dreaded 13. You
may have some friends a bit more
fearful earlier on the numeric scale.
They are octophobes; they have a fear
of the number eight.
In-laws are always getting a bad
rap, and I think that this "fear" is
really a way to continue that pejora-
tive view. There are those out there
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who claim to have a fear of one's
mother-in-law; such a person is a
pentheraphobe. Give me a break!
One just has to be sensible to have
selachophobia, a fear of sharks. Hey,
are you not reading the papers at all?
It is more than Jaws; it is really hap-
pening with frightening recurrence.
Well, I am thankful that you who
are continuing to read my thoughts
and are not suffering from logopho-
bia, a fear of words. Keep up the good
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