Phobia can be confused with fear. Phobia is an irrational fear of an object specific, activity or situation. It’s constant and present in everyday life while fear is temporary.
I wanted to learn about the most frequent phobias to know if my phobia was common. This is not the case.
Phobias change from one country to another but here are the most common:
- claustrophobia: the fear of small spaces
- agoraphobia: the fear of open or crowded spaces
- aerophobia: the fear of flying
- hypochondria: the fear of germs and think every time to be sick
- zoophobia (spiders and snakes, very popular) : the fear of animals
For my part, I am afraid… of pigeons! Yes, it’s ridiculous! We agree
This fear appeared when I was at my father’s house in Athens, Greece. He had a training that day, so with my aunt, we had decided to go for a walk and see the important monuments of this historic city. It was already very bad part, because we were lost after 20 min, for my defense, I was only 7 years back then. Moreover, we did not speak a Greek word so we quickly realized that it was necessary to take advantage of the present moment and that we will panic later. We then sat on a bench in front of a beautiful church. (Note that the pigeons are always in front of churches, why?). There was an old lady who was feeding the pigeons on a bench beside ours. As usual, at the time, I was running after the pigeons to fly away. Except that day, the old lady didn’t appreciate and threw me seeds. I had it all over the hair, and the pigeons came over my shoulders, on my head to eat. A traumatic memory and since then I can’t get close to them. For that, I have a lot of strategies. I’m able to change sidewalks regularly. I often use my friends as a human shield and when I don’t have anyone who can help me, I’ve been shouting on the street.
The worst part of this story is that I “succeeded” in conveying my fear to my big brother, my boyfriend, and my cousin. And this fear has grown with time, now I’m afraid of all birds (chickens, doves, gulls … everything). It is a true miracle that I survived 4 years in Paris.
What’s about you, what are your phobias?