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I'm afraid of Barbie dolls. Especially being tickled by Barbie dolls. This is a phobia I've had since I was a kid. Yes, it sounds strange, but not as strange as the guy I read about on the Internet (so it must be true) who is afraid of being drowned by peacocks.
Barbie dolls don't look human (especially the older, fashion model type vintage Barbies). I'm sure you've heard of the Uncanny Valley. These things are deep in it. They can't bend their arms or knees. Imagine one of them running to you, on their tip-toes, hopping on stiff, too-long legs with their feet permanently stuck in the fuck-me pump position.
Gives me the creeps.
It turns out that fear of dolls is called. pediophobia, and fear of being tickled is called pteronophobia. I suppose the fear of being tickled by dolls could be pteronopediophobia. Genus Barbie.
I wanted to briefly discuss phobias and make a list of some of the more interesting ones. Speaking of fear of Barbie dolls, here is an excerpt from my WIP "Subversive Children's Games", in which I describe a jumbled box of discarded Barbie dolls. I hate those creepy little monsters.
Once dressed in fine velvets and shimmering satins, the dolls lay in a jumbled heap atop each other, naked and exposed, plastic corpses in a mass grave. Arms and legs jutted at odd angles. Chopped hair stuck out in clumps on several tiny heads. Magic Marker in purple and green stained the once golden tresses. Revulsion overwhelmed Julia, who turned her nose up at the disgusting creatures. She had always hated Barbie dolls. They didn't look quite human. She shivered, teeth chattering from the attic's chill and the uncanny sight of twig-thin arms and legs. One doll's cheek had a big, gaping hole in it, exposing the hollow interior. Julia swallowed her unease but it caught in her throat.
Everyone has heard of triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) and coulrophobia (fear of clowns). How about these phobias?
Speaking of coulrophobia, don't forget pupaphobia (fear of puppets). Gymnophobics experience anxiety from nudity, even if they realize their fear is irrational. Nomophobia: fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Ailurophobia is the fear of cats. Likewise, fear of dogs is cynophobia. Fear of your teeth falling out is ordontophobia. This one also covers fear of dentists. Fear of bridges or of crossing them is gephyrophobia. Fear of success is Achievemephobia, whilst fear of failure is called Atychiphobia. Fear of wasps is spheksophobia, and fear of bed bugs is called scabiophobia.
Poe would appreciate this one. It's tailor-made for the horror set: the fear of being buried alive or being in cemeteries is taphephobia or taphophobia.
Sex and Relationship phobias. I had to cover this one since I've written erotic horror.
* Caligynephobia is the fear of beautiful women.
* Erotophobia is the fear of sex.
* Fear of losing an erection is medomalacuphobia.
* Fear of an erect penis is medorthophobia.
* Fear of female genitalia is kolphphobia.
Then there are the really odd ones, like anatidaephobia (the fear that somewhere in the world, there is a duck watching you) and arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth).
Quite interestingly, there is also phobophobia - the fear of phobias.
So tell me… what are your phobias?
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