Curing 30 Years One Month At A Time

January 6, 2009

When It Comes To My Phobias I’m Like Baskin Robbins…I Have 31 Flavors And Then Some..

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Fear of Elevators

Flavor of the Month: Fear of Elevators

My heart brakes for people who suffer from Agateophobia. This issue literally drives them crazy, as it is the fear of insanity. Let that last statement sink in for just a moment. At the first hint of craziness their mind starts racing promptly leading them to freak out even more which causes more paranoia that they are slowly going insane. It’s like the crazy cycle of life.

Phobias are old hat for me. There are times when I feel like Baskin Robbins in that I have 31 phobias and then some. Somehow I have managed to navigate through life while dealing with my fair share of phobias. As a toddler my mom said I suffered from Ablutophobia (fear of washing and bathing). If the pictures from my trips to Disney World are any indication then when I was a kid I had Pupaphobia (fear of puppets). In my awkward middle school stage Caligynephobia (fear of woman) caused me to sit in the bleachers during dances. As soon as puberty kicked in and peach fuzz began appearing on my upper lip the doctor diagnosed me with Xyrophobia (Fear of razors). Unless it involved a PlayStation 2 controller, during college I went through a bad stretch of Ergophobia (fear of work).

Jenn would tell you I am the king of Decidophobia (fear of making decisions), but I still have not decided if she is right or not. The last disorder is a byproduct of a double dose of Kainolophobia (fear of anything new) and Metathesiophobia (fear of changes) from my time living in the Suburbs when being adventurous means a Saturday afternoon not spent at Target or Costco. Having pulled most of my hair out in frustration of the mundane life I lead has set in motion my Phalacrophobia (Fear of becoming bald).

A new phobia of mine came out of the darkness recently after confronting that I am, in fact, socially stunted during this little experiment. To my surprise, this fear has yet to receive a clinical name or make an appearance on the phobia list. Either it is so rare or doctors ridicule my fear to the point they will not even dignify it with a definition. However, since they came up with Sinistrophobia for people who fear all things left handed I am assuming they aren’t chuckling at my expense.

One of the things that terrifies me the most is elevators. Yes, you heard me right. Those boxes whose sole purpose is to go up and down bring a chill down my spine. Although the possibility of hearing Muzak versions of Nickleback in and of itself is frightening enough, this does not keep me from heading for the stairs. All you clever chaps who think it has to do with claustrophia or a fear of heights then you would be way off course.

I guess a bit of clarification is needed. This fear only manifests itself when there are other people in the elevator with me. If the doors close and I am alone then I am become a dancing fool rocking out to Kenny G. However, the anxious feelings begin the moment I notice someone waiting by the elevator. All I can hope for is an act of God to take place and they will get an email on their Blackberry or instant craving to play Brick Breaker.   

Unfortunately, this almost never occurs and I am forced to engage in small talk. The problem is I am the Pauly Shore of small talk as my performance always leaves people scratching their head confused at what just took place. After a quick weather update and a good laugh over the fact that the lady in charge of elevator inspection in the state of North Carolina is named Cherie Berry, I am officially tapped out of ideas. Since small talk is a part of life and is the foundation of every social encounter looks like my 30 days start with the basic of baby steps. 


  1. Wheeze the juice man – Wheeze the juice…

    Comment by Evan — January 7, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  2. Manlaw note:

    When in an elevator or other such space, all that is required is eye contact and a nod, if your feeling very friendly you can add, “how you do’in” in your best Italian (Soprano’s) accent. Small talk is not required so dont feel required to be witty.


    Comment by chris wilson — January 7, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

  3. Another good reason to vote for Cherie Berry each election cycle. I actually voted for her last time. I feel you on the small talk. I have never been good at it. Hopefully I have gotten a little better over the years. I came out my shell a little bit in college, but have a ways to go.

    Comment by Adam — January 9, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  4. i love cherie berry, i laugh everytime i ride.. which of course makes people very uncomfortable. Here is a list of my current fears: spiders(place a cup over), bridges (must roll down the window when crossing), bugs crawling on me in my sleep (yes, keeps me up at night), driving or being in the car at night in the rain, being the center of attention (large and small groups), oh the list is endless.

    Comment by sarah c — January 13, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  5. I voted for Cherie as well. Why, i wonder, is she such a comforting (non)public figure anyway?

    And the bigger question, is there ANYONE who feels comfortable with small talk? Gah- just the words make me all clammy!

    Comment by Lindsay — January 14, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  6. Hi,

    I came across your posting, and I thought you may be interested in this :

    A major cable network is casting a show that will try and help women overcome their phobias. We’re looking for women who have phobias that constrict their day-to-day life and want to take the next step in overcoming their fears. The show will put female phobic’s into a therapeutic environment to help them face their fears head on. Under the guidance of counselors and through the use of therapy the goal of the show is to help these women get their lives back on track. If you’re a woman who’s ready to eliminate your fear once and for all, this is the show for you!

    Please email us with your name, age, contact information, picture, and phobia. Be sure to also include in your e-mail a brief description of how your phobia has prevented you from living life to its fullest and why you’re ready to conquer it and finally move on.

    Send your e-mails to:

    Thanks, and good luck with everything!

    Comment by cjbcasting — February 10, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

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