So this Barefoot Books title (a brilliant rhyming text about animal’s habitats, great for schools!) was originally going to be illustrated by a veteran Barefoot (and highly regarded) illustrator but alas, she has a terrible fear of spiders so couldn’t even consider drawing the spider to be found hiding on every page. Someone else I know misses out on pleasure and business trips due to an intense fear of flying or sailing. I myself have an irrational fear/revulsion to each and every Beach Boys song, I can’t explain it but my skin crawls! Anyway it got me thinking about phobias:
Research commissioned by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) shows that Britain’s twenty-somethings have the greatest fear of creepy animals, despite being seen as the nation’s dare-devils.
ZSL’s phobia survey reveals that young people* are more scared of classic fear inducing species such as spiders, snakes and rats than their older counterparts.
When asked what animals they were scared of, our extreme-sports loving go-getters admitted to being petrified of spiders, followed by snakes, rats, cockroaches and even daddy long legs! Almost 80% 25-34 year olds asked had a phobia of spiders compared with just 44% for over 65’s.
For help with a phobia see http://www.phobics-society.org.uk
The following fascinating list is c/o: http://www.phobialist.com/index.html I actually only got to C but here’s an edited version of the proper names for phobias I hadn’t even thought about!
Aerophobia- Fear of drafts, air swallowing, or airbourne noxious substances.
Agrizoophobia- Fear of wild animals.
Alektorophobia- Fear of chickens.
Alliumphobia- Fear of garlic.
Amnesiphobia- Fear of amnesia.
Anuptaphobia- Fear of staying single.
Apeirophobia- Fear of infinity.
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Arithmophobia- Fear of numbers.
Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.
Aulophobia- Fear of flutes.
Auroraphobia- Fear of Northern lights.
Autodysomophobia- Fear of one that has a vile odor.
Automatonophobia- Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues – anything that falsly represents a sentient being.
Bacillophobia- Fear of microbes.
Ballistophobia- Fear of missiles or bullets.
Bolshephobia- Fear of Bolsheviks.
Blennophobia- Fear of slime.
Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman.
Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness.
Caligynephobia- Fear of beautiful women.
Chionophobia- Fear of snow.
Chronophobia- Fear of time.
Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks.
Cometophobia- Fear of comets.
Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns.
Cypridophobia or Cypriphobia or Cyprianophobia or Cyprinophobia – Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.