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.
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I have two main phobias
1- of certain materials like wool, cashmere and carpets. i always have to wear shoes or at least socks if i walk on a carpet. i especially freak out when standing on the little green carpets you find at the supermarket in the fruit and veg section
2 sometimes i become very aware that the pavement that im walking on is filthy. particularly if its raining and panic about finding the nearest place to sit down so i can elevate my feet off the floor.
i did a little searching and apparently "textophobia" is the term for the first issue. does anyone else feel like this? because my family think im overreacting but I feel so panicy aand uncomfortable, i would feel so much better knowing im not the only one
i also can't stand oils, lotions, washing up liquid or creams and i have eczema as well =|
with potato waffles they come as 5x4 squares, i have to make them 4x4 then cut 2 sides off to make 3x3, i dont know why i just can't eat waffles if they're not even
they MASSIVELY creep me out...
Oompa loompas scare me too lol
i dont know why
i have never been hit with a wooden spoon, i am just terrified by the thought of wooden spoons
is there a word for that?
ugh, i can't stand it, when i was a little bit younger i would always have my fingers in my mouth because i hated my hands being dry, it gives me the chills and i get sick! and i thought i was alone about the whole people looking at my neck thing, like i never wear my hair up because i can't stand people looking at the back of my neck, it kills me!