Ten Weird Phobias

By Decklynn Johnston

There are some pretty weird things out there in the world, some of them being people’s fears. Some of them just seem unreal. These are then phobias that seem weird or unbelievable.

Nomophobia

Everyone these days are attached to their phones, right? Mainly teenagers. This phobia affects over fifty percent of cellphone users. It is characterized by feeling anxiety or apprehension when one’s phone is unable to be used. Examples being when there’s no service, the phone is dead, or even if there’s no time card on the phone.

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Ancraophobia

Also known as anemophobia, this is the fear of wind. Ancraophobics tend to get anxious or uneasy while outdoors or near open windows. This phobia can also make people uneasy when they pass hand dryers or overhead air vents. It’s believed that this phobia is triggered by an experience that is embedded in the person’s subconscious. This phobia is very uncommon. 

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Spectrophobia

This phobia is the fear of mirrors. It can stem from a traumatic event involving mirrors, or sometimes it can have something to do with religion or superstitions such as a broken mirror being bad luck or the belief that a mirror is a portal for souls, attracting ghosts and spirits. Spectrophobics will do anything in their power to avoid mirrors or anything that reflects or is made of glass. Some of them also avoid horror movies or scary TV shows. 

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Ablutophobia

This phobia just might be the weirdest one on this list. Ablutophobia is the persistent and irrational fear of cleaning, washing or bathing. This phobia is categorized under a group of phobias called specific phobias, which are an irrational fear of a certain thing or situation. Ablutophobia is more common in women and children than it is in men. 

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Arachibutyrophobia

This phobia is extremely hard to pronounce and it is also extremely inexplicable. This is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth. Just like many other phobias, when it is triggered (in this case the trigger would be eating peanut butter or when it is wedged on the roof of one’s mouth) the sufferer feels dread, anxiety, panic, terror, shortness of breath and accelerated heartbeat. However, the symptoms can vary based on the severity of the fear. This phobia can stem from an experience just like most phobias. 

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Allodoxaphobia

This one is very rare. Allodoxaphobia is the phobia of opinions. It’s believed that people with this phobia have experienced not being able to properly express their opinion or their opinion was rejected. The affected person often refuses to be involved in opinion-based conversations and this phobia can also reflect a fear of confrontation. 

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Globophobia

It’s highly unlikely that someone with this phobia will be at any event involving balloons. Sometimes the sufferer is afraid of the balloon itself, sometimes of the balloon popping, or both. The sight, touch or smell of balloons can trigger a panic attack. In most cases, it is most present in childhood and decreases when you get older. However, sometimes it can continue into adulthood. This phobia is more common in females than in males.

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Genuphobia

This phobia might be the most unbelievable or hardest to understand. Genuphobia is the irrational fear of knees. Whether it be their own, someone else’s, or just the act of kneeling. In most cases, this phobia stems from a traumatic knee injury. 

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Pupaphobia

Compared to the rest of them on this list, this phobia is quite understandable. Pupaphobia is the phobia of puppets. A lot of kids like watching puppet shows on TV, and others really just want absolutely nothing to do with them. This phobia, like Globophobia, is more common in children but can follow you into adulthood. 

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Hippopotomonstrosesquippedailophobia

Oh, the irony. This word is incredibly long, which means that people with this phobia are probably afraid of their own condition name. This fear of long words often occurs in school-aged children. It can be from being laughed at or being made fun of while reading or trying to pronounce long words.

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Didaskaleinophobia, the Fear of School

By  Decklynn Johnston

Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of or going to school. It’s more common in the 4-6 age group, but there are people that are older that can have it too. Even when someone isn’t necessarily afraid of school itself, they can be afraid of something at school.

When asked what she was afraid of at school, Avoleen Joseph, a freshman at McDonald County High School, replied, “Failing, because I already have my goals set and I want to be able to graduate with above average grades.”

Just like other phobias and fears, there are causes as to why people have them.

“I think my fear of failing came from watching my sisters fail, and seeing how badly they wanted to go back and fix everything.” 

There are ways to overcome didaskaleinophobia. Some include therapy, hypnotherapy, and in some cases (only extreme ones), medication will be prescribed. However, sometimes you can find other ways to overcome your fears.

A senior here at McDonald County High School named Sierra Sayers said, “My main fear in school is graduating. I’m just kind of scared to leave, I guess. I’ve been doing school my whole life, I’m nervous about doing anything else. Every teacher will ask you what you plan to do in the future. It just freaks me out because, honestly, I don’t have one and I’m running out of time. To overcome it, I guess I could just stop procrastinating and overthinking about my future.” 

Didaskaleinophobics usually think of school in general as a place where they aren’t safe, or they associate it with an unfamiliar and humiliating environment.

When asked about how she felt about school in general, Avoleen responds by saying, “I don’t really care about school. I only come here to make my parents proud.” However, Sierra had a different answer, “In general, it’s great. I love school.” According to fearof.net, children that suffer from didaskaleinophobia usually have separation anxiety. They will make up excuses as to why they shouldn’t go to school, such as a feigned sickness. 

ASMR

By: Reagan Despain

An ASMR, autonomous sensory meridian response, is a term used for a tingling sensation that begins at the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine and is often best used with headphones to reach this sensation. ASMR is often used to help people sleep or even decrease people’s anxiety, depression, and stress. There are so many different types of ASMR’s and everyone responds to each one differently.

YouTube is one of the main places to find ASMR videos. YouTubers such as ASMR Darling, GentleWhispering, PJ Dreams ASMR, Gibi ASMR, Gracev, and Fruitypoppin are some of my personal favorites. Each one of the many videos that these people post are all different and help people respond to them in different ways.

Every night before I go to bed, I like to put on an ASMR video. I honestly prefer mouth sounds, inaudible whispering, soap cutting, light tapping, and just quiet speaking. Since I have been doing this I honestly can say I do sleep tremendously better than I was before I started this new habit. I have multiple sources that can confirm that turning on an ASMR video just before they go to sleep can easily brighten their day within minutes.

Most people with insomnia like to use ASMR to help them sleep. Insomnia is the difficulty of sleeping or staying asleep. Insomnia can be caused by unhealthy sleeping habits, medical conditions, even certain substances. There are ASMR videos made specifically for insomnia. ASMR can help cure insomnia, the tingles that you receive while watching these videos can help distract you from anything that is keeping you from sleeping.

“ASMR entertains me and calms me. Its honestly like a stress reliever, I would highly recommend ASMR  for other people.” – Jennifer Martinez 

Bob Ross can be considered an ASMR artist, but it was never intended. Bob Ross in an American landscape artist that had his own television show. He taught his techniques on how to paint fast and easy. One of the main eye catchers of his audience was his calm presence and soothing voice. Some people use his TV show because he gives off a safe vibe and really calms some people down also the sound of his brushes going across the canvas puts some people in a relaxing state.

“ASMR is peaceful and calming, I would recommend it.” – Hunter Roark

Both of these high school students have both told me that they do in fact enjoy ASMR. They enjoy sounds such as soap cutting, slime, quiet whispering, beach sounds, rainforest sounds, and rain hitting the side of a mountain. Both have confirmed that they would recommend listening to the audio of an ASMR video or watching it as well. I believe it could help students calm down after a stressful day and just to relax so I would highly recommend taking the time at the end of the day to just sit back and watch and listen to an ASMR video.

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome

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By Silver Milleson

Though it may sound pretty and enticing, This extremely rare disorder is anything but. Sleeping Beauty syndrome, or Kleine-Levin syndrome, is an extremely rare disorder that is most commonly experienced by teens.

The symptoms aren’t extreme at first, with the patient only experiencing the inability to focus. But later, the symptoms worsen and the patient will start to sleep uncontrollably for up to 23 hours a day. During these spells, the patient also experiences extreme hunger and may act childlike.

SleepingBeautyPDF.jpg (1005×940)This may have severe consequences on their social and professional lives because the patient sleeps for days at a time and can lose touch with their friends or have a hard time making new ones. They also have a hard time holding down a job because they’re asleep so much and finding a career path to compensate for that can be hard. As a student, the patient can often fall behind in class and have a lot work to make up. Overall, this syndrome would prevent the patient from living a regular life or achieving as much as they could.

I know sleeping all day may sound like a paradise, but these people suffer dearly for this disease and often don’t remember what they’d done during that state. I’m sure that for them, the grass must look much greener on the other side.

 

The Science of Silence

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By Maya Dally

It’s well known that there is a fair difference between quiet and silent. Quiet is more about making very little noise, or not being disruptive. Though the word is thrown around frequently, silence is a very rare thing, only occurring when there is absolutely no sound. Everywhere we go, there is noise. Whether you live in the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of a city, or right here in McDonald County, there is noise. Wind rustling the trees, cars honking, people milling about, animals outside, an air conditioner, sound is nearly impossible to escape. However, there are some places in the world where you can experience nearly no audible noise to humans.

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In Minnesota, there is a place called The Orfield Laboratories, which was considered the quietest place on Earth according to Guinness World Records, allows some people to stay in Anechoic Chamber room for about an hour. It’s no secret that being in total silence allows you to hear the noises from your own body, such as your blood pumping, heartbeat, and the digestive system gurgling and moving around. Around 5-15% of people have Constant Ringing Ear Syndrome, which would be a very loud sound in silence. The lack of sound really opens up your ears to the noises that would normally be drowned out completely.

If you stay in the chamber long enough, your brain will even start to make up its own sounds. One radio show host stayed in for well over an hour and began to hear the wind, ambulance sounds, and Fleetwood Mac’s song, “Everywhere”. Going off of this, a lot of studies have shown that if we didn’t have the constant drone of our everyday lives, we would all be having auditory hallucinations due to the connections the brain makes to our ears. This essentially helps us distinguish between reality and thoughts. It’s much harder to determine what’s real and fake in absolute silence, almost impossible. Though everyone just wants some silence every once and a while, I think it’s easy to say that the absolute silence sounds kind of terrifying. Having so much noise isn’t such a bad thing after all, no matter what your teachers and parents say.

Alzheimer’s Disease is Growing

By Maya Dally

Back in 1906, a German psychiatrist named Dr. Alois Alzheimer found unusual deterioration in the brain tissue of a woman who passed away due to an unknown mental illness. After lots of research, he found this new illness to be a very strong strain of Dementia. Since then, the scary disease has become much more common in the elderly over the age of 65, affecting more than five million people just in the U.S. It’s been said that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America, but it seems soon, that number will rise, as it has been rapidly these past years.

This deadly disease starts off slow, breaking down the brain tissue over time, causing the person to forget recent events alongside confusion and frustration. They will also experience mood swings, and forget their loved ones after a long enough period of time. People affected by this disease often find it very difficult to communicate. Most cases, it lasts around nine years before the patient, unfortunately, passes away.

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In recent studies, the Alzheimer’s Association has found that the disease has grown very quickly in these past few years, confirming that 1/3 of elderly people die from Alzheimer’s Disease, with women more likely to get it than men. Though many research has been done, the specific cause is still unknown. We just know what is a direct result of it: Nerve cells get tangled together, and protein deposits build-up in the brain. Genes certainly play a role in it, and head injuries may be a contributing factor, too. As of right now, it remains a terrifying, mysterious illness, and is as real as ever. There is no cure, but many treatments can be done to temporarily take away some symptoms, such as taking medications, physical exercise, and seeing certain specialists to help with the mental state. It is definitely something that is easy to worry about heavily, but it helps to keep in mind that there are still options, and there will be time to do more research and hopefully find a set cure. So, I’d say, keep your worries aside for now.