Bridges may not seem scary, but people with Gephyrophobia may go out of their way to avoid driving or walking over a bridge. You can be assured that they will take the long way around, if the shortcut involves a bridge.
Though most of us will generally walk over a bridge, Gephyrophobia is actually linked to other fears like acrophobia – the fear of heights – or aquaphobia – the fear of large bodies of water. A common sign of this fear is one shutting one’s eyes tight when making a daring walk over a bridge, dizziness, and thoughts of falling or death.
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.
Aichmophobia – Pointy Things
The ‘fear of pointy things’ might seem like a child’s name to describe what someone is scared of, but there is actually no more suitable name. The term ‘aichmophobia’ derives from the Greek word aichme which means ‘point.’ Interestingly, this kind of phobia is more general than trypanophobia which is an excessive ‘fear of needles.’
When it comes to Aichmophobia, people with this condition tend to have an intense fear of sharp objects in general like needles, knives, and scissors. It is not that irrational to fear ‘pointy things’ considering a piercing could be fatal.
Leukophobia - White
Color phobias are pretty commonplace. A prevalent color phobia is leukophobia which is an excessive aversion and dislike of the color white. The word ‘leukophobia’ is derived from the Greek word leuko which translates to ‘white.’
Though people may develop an aversion to white, this fear is not that irrational. In fact, plenty of animals use white as a defense mechanism, for often white or pale in nature is a sign of death. Animals who fail to produce skin pigmentations will appear very white, making them very noticeable and easy prey to others.