Saturday, 29 August 2009

A fear of accidents?

Dystychiphobia - This is the word which a reader my blog is looking for and it means fear of accidents. I consider it to be quit natural to have a fear of accidents as no one wishes to have an accident. I think the important thing to recognise is the degree to which you fear such accidents. If it is excessive then yes I would imagine it could be called a phobia. Looking up the list of known phobias I find the length of the list of phobias quite incredible.

Who can answer the following. What are the following four phobias? (It helps if you speak Greek!)



1 comment:

  1. Most phobias are based on a rational concern, which has overgrown into an irrational fear that interferes with ordinary activities. For instance, a fear of snakes is based on the fact that some snakes are dangerous and most will nip if they feel threatened, which makes it prudent to be careful about them. But a phobia can be triggered by a *photo* of a snake, even though the photo cannot cause direct harm. The challenge is to bring the phobia back into the rational and managable range, without denying whatever factual basis it might have.