It being Halloween and all, my mind wandered to contemplate things that are scary, which led me to ponder irrational things that scare people, a.k.a. phobias. I began to wonder how many phobias there are, and with help of a handy little tool called Google (perhaps some of you have heard of it) I quickly learned that there are over 120 named and clinically accepted phobias. So, apparently FDR was right when he said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," because there are a LOT of things that scare folks.
Here are some of my favorites:
spectrophobia - fear of mirrors or of one's own reflection
chorophobia - fear of dancing
nomophobia - fear of being out of mobile phone contact
somniphobia - fear of sleep
tetraphobia - fear of the number 4
workplace phobia - fear of the work place (likely story)
One of my fears was not on the list, so I'm taking it upon myself to name it.
tootallmanophobia - fear of men on stilts