Tom wrote to ask about the reality of a site called The Phobia Clinic
. At first glance, the site definitely looks like it represents a real business that's selling a program to help people overcome their fears. The strangeness comes when you dig into some of the fears that they claim they can cure
, and you have to wonder... do such fears or anxieties really exist? For example, they can cure you of Arachibutyrophobia
(that's a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth), Ballistophobia
(a fear of bullets... but why would anyone want to overcome their fear of bullets? Isn't that a good thing to be afraid of?), Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
(fear of long words... the name of the anxiety alone probably sends sufferers into convulsions), and the list goes on and on. Despite all the weird anxieties, I think that the Phobia Clinic is real enough, in the sense that they'll take your money and offer some kind of 'cure.' But I'm skeptical about whether their cure actually works.