(def.) – The fear of Friday the 13th.
“Frigg” – The Norse goddess whom Friday is named after.
“Triskaidekaphobia” – The fear of 13.
Millions of Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th. They suffer everything from a little bit of anxiety to a feeling of doom to full-on panic attacks. Which are the exact symptoms I show whenever I realize the dishwasher needs to be emptied.
I’m not one of them. One of the ones who are afraid of Friday the 13th., I mean. Being afraid of Friday the 13th is a stupid phobia. Stupid, stupid. Irrational.
Not like being afraid of heights! Being afraid of heights isn’t stupid, it’s sensible. If you took one step away from Friday the 13th what would happen? Nothing. At the very most you might walk into Saturday the 14th. But if you were to take one step away from the edge of the roof you’re splattering to the ground and praying to God you get to see just one more Friday the 13th.
See? Perfectly sensible phobia.
Fear of heights is #3 on the list of the most common phobias in the world so I’m actually quite normal.
#6 on the list is Astraphobia. The fear of thunder and lightning. ANOTHER STUPID PHOBIA. I *LOVE* thunder and lightning. It is only surpassed by my love of THUNDERSNOW. Yes. THUNDERSNOW. Which is exactly what it sounds like.
Which goes to show there’s no accounting for some tastes. Some people have poor taste in shoes, others have poor taste in phobias. Thunder and lightening. As IF. Spiders and heights. That’s the way to go if you’re gonna have a phobia. Or two.
Take a gander at this list and see how you and your phobias stack up against the 10 most common.
- The fear of spiders.
- This phobia tends to affect women more than men.
- The fear of snakes.
- Often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences.
- The fear of heights.
- This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places.
- The fear of situations in which escape is difficult.
- This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.
- The fear of dogs.
- This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.
- The fear of thunder and lightening.
- Also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, or Ceraunophobia.
- The fear of injections.
- Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.
8. Social Phobias:
- The fear of social situations.
- In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.
- The fear of flying.
- Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.
- The fear of germs or dirt.
- May be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder
Let’s hear them. Do you have 1, 2, 3 or none of the top 10 phobias? If you’re cowering under the blankets today, you can remain there until you feel a bit safer before you answer the poll.
And you’re stupid. Which I’d walk over to your house to tell you if I weren’t afraid to step off this suspiciously high curb.
Have a good weekend.