Do you have this phobia? December 2008

Ithyphallophobia – Fear of Erections

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Like seriously, I can’t even upload a pic to support this fear!

Defined as “a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of an erect penis”, each year this surprisingly common phobia causes countless people needless distress. To add insult to an already distressing condition, most fear of erection therapies take months or years and sometimes even require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear. Known by a number of names – Medorthophobia, Phallophobia, Ithyphallophobia, and Fear of an Erect Penis being the most common – the problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates.

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Taphophobia – Fear of being Buried Alive

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Fear of being buried alive is the fear of being placed in a grave while still alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead. The abnormal, psychopathological version of this fear is referred to as taphophobia. Before the advent of modern medicine the fear was not entirely irrational. Throughout history there have been numerous cases of people being accidentally buried alive.

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Automatonophobia – Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies

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I think I have this phobia and I refuse to look at the pic I posted of one of those dummies!! =)
Aren’t they creepy?

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