The Fear Blog

By Cathy Thurber

The other night my husband and I were relaxing on the couch when all of a sudden it sounded like a herd of elephants were stampeding upstairs.  It got quiet then the booming of running feet happened two more times.  We heard our daughter adamantly talking to….someone?  Before we could get up and check it out, down the stairs she comes and dramatically exclaims, “Sorry about the noise, guys!  I was almost just killed by a spider – but I got him!”  My daughter has a definite case of arachnophobia.  Here is an idea of how she reacts to spiders:


Fear of spiders is definitely a common phobia.  I have what I call the “3 S-Fears”: Snakes, Spiders, and Sharks.  I’m not alone, though, as spiders and snakes are two of the top biggest fears.  According to, they are the #1 and #2 phobias in the world.  There’s also fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of small spaces (claustrophobia), and fear of open or crowded spaces (agoraphobia).  But, what about those not so common fears?  Fears that we rarely hear about?  Try these on for size:

  • The fear of balloons: globophobia
  • The fear of love: philophobia
  • The fear of buttons: koumpounophobia
  • The fear of bananas: bananaphobia
  • The fear of cotton balls: sidonglobophobia
  • The fear of snow: chionophobia
  • The fear of opinions: allodoxaphobia
  • The fear of beautiful women: venustraphobia
  • The fear of work: ergophobia
  • The fear of belly buttons: omphalophobia
  • The fear of chickens: alektorophobia
  • The fear of knees: genuphobia
  • The fear of losing cell phone contact: nomophobia
  • The fear of people in traditional Dutch costumes: dutchphobia
  • The fear of zombies: kinemortophobia


Did any of your fears end up on that list?  I hope not!  Although I wonder if anyone will try calling off sick because of ergophobia….

cathyCathy Thurber has over 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry and likes to think she’s learned a few things along the way, one of which being to not take herself too seriously.  She would love to say she has as many cool expertise’s as her fellow blogger, Ken Kukral, but she’s just not as old as him.  Cathy is a voracious reader and a total word nerd.  Most importantly, she’s been married to her favorite person for almost twenty years and has two kids that she actually likes.  However, the dog is her favorite child and she’s been wheedling for a cat for years.  Perhaps this is the lucky year?