This fear is probably the most common worldwide. In fact, we could also use a bit of ergophobia, especially on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. Stop playing about! Let’s get to work with understanding this phobia. It’s actually rather serious business.
Originating from the Greek term ergon, individuals with ergophobia struggle with what could be described as advanced performance anxiety. Who doesn’t have a little bit of ergophobia nowadays with menacing KPIs and annual performance reviews? In extreme cases, it is this fear of their work being rejected that creates this dread and worry in so many people.
Nevophobia – Moles on Skin
We definitely know of one person – rather, character – who suffers from nevophobia. Though Fred Savage was known as “the mole” in “Austin Powers in Goldmember”, it was not for his infiltrating abilities. The sheer horror and disgust shown on Austin Power’s face when he encounters his colleague accurately represents the symptoms of nevophobia.
Those who suffer from it will become increasingly disgusted and even nauseous when seeing a mole, especially if it is a bit raised. While the fear causes much discomfort, most people have a bit of a handle on the fear and will not make attempts to flee.
Didaskaleinophobia – Schools
Just be careful of kids using this one to get out of school, because kids will do anything to get out of school, especially kids who suffer from didaskaleinophobia. Meaning the ‘fear of schools’, it is reported that about 2% to 5% of American kids actually suffer from this fear, and is common among those age 4 to 6 and 13 to 15.
No wonder they hide under their bedcovers, paralyzed with fear…or sleep. Enough kidding around, children with didaskaleinophobia will experience trembling, palpitations, a dry mouth, and may start screaming when the time for school arrives.
Telephonophobia – Fear of Talking on the Phone
If you suspect someone of ghosting you when they won’t take your calls, try texting them instead. Who knows, they might be suffering from telephonophobia. The word says it all. It’s the ‘fear of talking on the phone.’
While it might sound like a modern condition with all the talk of electromagnetic fields, the term actually originated in the 19th century when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Telephonophobes experience acute nervousness and so much dread that they prefer to leave the phone ringing. The fear may arise from conspiracies about electromagnetic fields or from being teased about their voices.
Koumpounophobia – Buttons
Approximately 75 000 people suffer from koumpounophobia – ‘the fear of buttons’. While such a fear might seem irrational, it often occurs from childhood accidents, like children being sent to the emergency ward after swallowing a button or sticking one up their noses.
While buttons may appear less dangerous than zips, people afflicted with koumpounophobia will go to great lengths to avoid buttons, including strictly wearing clothing without them. Like Steve Jobs, who only dressed in turtlenecks. Jobs admitted to having koumpounophobia. Some propose that it was the Apple creator's fear of buttons that inspired iPhones to oddly become buttonless.