Showing posts with label Gelotophobia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gelotophobia. Show all posts

Jan 23, 2015

Gelotophobia, Gelotophilia, and Katagelasticism

Most people have heard none of these conditions, but they all have to do with laughter. Gelotophobia is a fear of being laughed at, a type of social phobia that makes them feel awkward. Gelotophilia is the joy of being laughed at. Katagelasticism is the joy of laughing at others. None are particularly good to have. Luckily these are not common, so have a good laugh and enjoy yourself.

Jul 30, 2010

Four Interesting Phobias

Genuphobia is an irrational fear of knees. The genuphobics may fear their own knees and/or fear seeing other people's knees. Genu comes from Latin, meaning knee. Ah, to genuflect.

Maybe you just don't like the look of knees, because they are not perfectly matched. You might have asymmetriphobia if you are afraid of asymmetrical objects, mismatched socks, mismatched earrings, etc.

No, Gelotophobia is not the fear of too much Jello. Gelotophobes have a pathological fear of being laughed at or made fun of.

Ancraophobics have an abnormal fear of wind. I made this next one up, ancrapaphobia from watching too many politicians or maybe it is crapola phobia.