While it is common for kids to develop a fear of the dark, there are plenty of adults who still sleep with the lights on. ‘Nyctophobia’, also known as scotophobia or lygophobia, describes an extreme ‘the fear of darkness.’ The term ‘nyctophobia’ takes its origins from the Greek word nyctus, meaning ‘darkness or night.’
It is quite common, as 3% to 4% of the US population refuse to turn off the lights before turning in for the night. There are some sinister reasons for its persistence into adulthood. It could stem from traumatic past events occurring in childhood.
Decidophobia – Making the Wrong Decision
Individuals with this phobia have a hard time making even small decisions like what to wear and what to have for dinner. In 1973, Princeton philosopher Walter Kauffman invented the term. Those with Decidophobia will experience intense anxiety and excessive fear over having to make a decision.
A typical symptom of this phobia is procrastination because they keep prolonging making a decision. While Kauffman may have coined this term, culture has known of its existence since Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” who struggled so much with decidophobia that he couldn’t even make his mind up whether “to be or not to be.”
Amychophobia – Being Scratched
This condition, amychophobia, refers to the ‘fear of scratches’ or, more specifically, ‘the fear of being scratched.’ It is not that pleasant being scratched, so you can understand why many people have Amychophobia.
Individuals with Amychophobia will avoid anything with talons, claws, or nails. So that is pretty much the whole animal kingdom. And plants are not safe either because there are plenty of scratchy plants. One only has to think of cacti and know that deserts are not safe for amychophobics. Muscle tension and sweaty palms are common symptoms, even when these individuals imagine being scratched.
Achievemephobia – Success
Clearly, some of us were not all meant to find success as for some, it is simply not possible. achievemephobia is ‘the fear of success,’ but it may originally be caused by the ‘fear of failure’. Individuals with achievemephobia may struggle to attend job interviews or intentionally sabotage their relationships owing to an enduring belief that they will ultimately fail.
Considering that ‘fear of failure’ has become acceptable and is a very real fear nowadays, probably in time, we will discuss achievemephobia in greater detail.
Anthropophobia – People
There is probably no more debilitating and more general fear than ‘anthropophobia’. Defined as ‘the fear of people’, people who have Anthropophobia have a general, all-encumbering, and illogical fear of people. It is illogical if we take into account the fact that humans need other humans to survive.
Anthropophobia involves fearing all people. It could be their family members or the whole of society. As odd as it sounds, some individuals do become hermits. It is possible that Anthropophobia could be the cause of avoidance of other people’s company.