As a psychologist, I have learned that people are different in every sense of the word. There are times when two people could have the same attributes while having completely different personalities.
But what is the one thing that makes us, us? I conducted an experiment in my office when I asked everyone about the different phobias that everyone has, and it turns out that not one of us has the same one.
The thing about phobias is that most people are insecure and unsure of theirs. Another stigma surrounding them is that everyone thinks that their phobias are the weirdest of them all and must not be talked about.
We here at Neemopani believe in diversity and accepting people with all of their idiosyncrasies. To break the cycle, we talked about phobias and decided to write an article about them.
Read the article and let us know if you have any of these phobias.
- The Neat freak:
There is always a person who cannot work unless everything around them is clean. They cannot help themselves but be that way. I asked a person in my office what would happen if they met with their superior and the table was messy. Their simple answer was, ‘I’d vomit.’
- The Itching phobia:
Some people will quite literally walk out of the room if they see a pattern of bumps, or as my colleague puts it – the marks of Chickenpox. The scientific term for this is Trypophobia. Although it is not a mental disorder yet, it is genuine and frightening to the person.
- Texting phobia:
The 21st century believes in getting the work done efficiently and quickly. This is the sole reason why people are so addicted to their phones. And yet still, there are people out there who will spend extra minutes of their day rewriting and proofreading their texts. I have a colleague I will never text because I do not want to put him under the pressure of constantly proofreading his one-word reply to me.
- The Desktop:
I love how everyone is different in their own ways and has quirks that make them who they are. Some people cannot work unless their desktop is completely clean of all the unnecessary icons.
- The thirty-two phobias:
There are a few people out there who, when walking, have this uncanny phobia that they will fall down and break all of their teeth, all thirty-two of them. And funnily enough, those people generally are the ones who dance in their walk.
- The boomers:
Being a millennial is hard because you are constantly being criticized by the Boomers and Gen Z. And so it happens; the phobias that boomers have are anything but booming. This colleague of mine has a phobia of odd numbers. He cannot help himself if the music or a movie is playing with the volume in odd numbers. But funnily enough he the temperature of the AC in odd numbers would not bother him.
- The Shalwar Ashirwadh:
Most of the times, our phobias restrict us in one way or another through various means. For example, a person in my office has a phobia that their shalwar will fall off when they are standing. And because of this, I doubt they will ever willingly wear a Shalwar.
- The sane phobias:
Thankfully there are a few people in my office who have sane phobias as well. A colleague of mine has a fear of heights. While another one has a phobia of insects to the degree that I asked her if she would let five insects crawl all over her for $1 Billion, and she said no. But is that sane or not?
This is just a list of a few fears and phobias that I have found in the people around me. The world out there is full of people with things that make them. Leave a comment and let us know if you have any of these phobias or some other.