Can you identify these phobias?
Can you identify these phobias?
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Test your knowledge of fears (and root words) with our quiz. But if you're phobophobic — that is, you’re afraid of fear — proceed with caution.
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Q: Musophobia is the fear of
One of the more common specific phobias, musophobia involves an extreme fear of mice and rats.
- Mice and rats
Q: Spectrophobia is the fear of
This fear's name comes from the Latin word "spectrum," which means "apparition."
- Electromagnetic waves
Q: Necrophobia is the fear of
Necrophobia comes from the Greek word for corpse, "nekros." It is the fear of dead things and things associated with death.
- One's own death
- Dead things
Q: What is hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia the fear of?
The number of the beast, or 666, is linked to the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation. People with this phobia are averse to the number in everyday settings, and change the number when they can (even if it means adding a cent to their receipt so the total becomes $6.67).
- The number of the beast
Q: Coulrophobia is the fear of
From Pennywise to John Wayne Gacy, clowns inspire fear in many people. You've heard the exclamation, "Clowns freak me out," but now you know the word for it.
- The future
Q: Stygiophobia is the fear of
"Stygios" is the Greek word for hell. In Greek mythology, the Styx river represents the realm between the Earth and the Underworld.
Q: Panphobia is the fear of
Panphobia derives its name from the Greek word for "all," but it's also called omniphobia, pantophobia and panophobia. It is the fear of everything, or the constant fear of an unknown cause.
- Peter Pan
Q: Thanatophobia is the fear of
Thanatophobia is the fear of one's own death. The name is derived from the Greek personification of death, Thanatos.
- The devil
Q: Omphalophobia is the fear of
Yep, it's a thing. Omphalophobia is the fear of belly buttons — the discomfort usually comes from a person's belly button being touched.
- Belly buttons
- Loud sounds
Q: Nomophobia is the fear of
This term is an abbreviation of "no-mobile-phone-phobia." A U.K. research organization found that more than half of all mobile phone users surveyed felt anxious without a working phone.
- Being alone
- Getting lost
- Being without a cellphone
Q: Papaphobia is the fear of
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Papaphobia is the fear of the pope, the papacy or even the Roman Catholic Church — though a bad pizza can be pretty scary!
- One's father
- The pope
- Bad pizza
Q: Pediophobia is the fear of
The fear of dolls is considered a more specific form of automatonophobia, the fear of human-like things.
Q: Pogonophobia is the fear of
Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. While it is in fact listed the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it is also used in reference to workplace discrimination towards people with beards.
- Things that bounce
- Pointy structures
Q: Mottephobia is the fear of
Mottephobia is the fear of butterflies and/or moths. Maybe it's the fluttering right by your face, or the funky tongues that extend out so far, but some people do suffer from this.
Q: Chiroptophobia is the fear of
What, just because they have sharp teeth, paper-thin flapping wings and pointy little fingers? So what if some species suck blood? Poor, misunderstood bats!
Q: Bonus question! Which of these is a fictional phobia?
As "Doctor Who" fans may know, this fake phobia comes from the name of a novel written by Jonathan Morris that features the Eighth Doctor.
- Ipovlopsychophobia, fear of having your picture taken
- Halitophobia, fear of bad breath
- Anachrophobia, fear of temporal displacement
- Gymnophobia, fear of nudity
Um, maybe you're quiz-phobic? I'd try again if I were you (unless you're a scaredy-cat!)You're not afraid of anything!It's scary how well you did!
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