If you suffer from enochlophobia, Manila may be just the worst place on earth for you. With a reported 119,600 people per square mile, the city is crowded. Enochlophobia, ‘the fear of crowds,’ means that individuals with this condition suffer extreme anxiety when being surrounded by masses of people.
It is unclear as to its cause, but researchers have discovered that women are more likely to have this phobia. It is suspected that it arises from a fear of being unable to be heard and, thus, really a fear of noise. And crowds are definitely noisy.
Emetophobia – Vomiting
People with emetophobia should probably avoid a fraternity party at all costs. Emetophobia refers to the ‘fear of vomiting’. The term has origins in the Greek word emein meaning ‘to vomit.’ Emetophobia is actually understandable. Vomiting is always unpleasant. It is generally a sign of sickness and disease, explaining why these people are not only afraid of vomiting themselves but of seeing others throwing up.
About 6% to 7% of women struggle with this disorder making it more among them, but there are some men who have a serious aversion to seeing others being sick. Seriously, don’t blame them.
Aphenphosmphobia – Intimacy
You don’t get any more star-crossed than an aphenphosmphobe. Truthfully, it is not as bad suffering from philophobia – ‘the fear of love or being loved’ – but there are some people who just don’t want to be touched. They really just dread intimacy.
You really don’t get anyone more destined-to-be-alone than aphenphosmphobes because it is not only physical intimacy but the emotional closeness that they fear. Often, this condition stems from the fear of being abandoned, so they shy or run – more like sprint – away from any form of intimacy.
Alektorophobia – Chickens
Thank goodness chickens don’t cross the road, or alektorophobes would have a hard time getting anywhere. Alektorophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of chickens – live chickens. Okay, it is not that irrational. Chickens, after all, have dangerous beaks. But actually, the fear arises from them being feathered.
Individuals suffering from this condition will go a mile in the opposite direction if they spot a chicken casually strolling by. Often, their fear is so overwhelming that they outright refuse to visit farms or mumble foul language when a feathered fowl appears.
Chronophobia – The Future and Time
Who does not fear the passage of time? Well, anyone without chronophobia does. The term ‘chronophobia’ is derived from the Greek word chrono which means ‘time’. The struggles of an individual with this condition are very real.
This person may become so paralyzed by persistent worrying about time’s passing that they may not know what to do with their time. They may stop working or never stop working because there is a range of symptoms making it quite difficult to diagnose. It is also rather common, with about 12.5% of adults in the US struggling with Chronophobia.