Monday, February 13, 2012

Pronunciation teaching (and HICP) phobias

Being, myself, a "Phob-a-phile," I enjoyed surveying "The Phobia List" recently (linked above) in search of some of the apparent phobias that we encounter in HICP or general pronunciation work. I fear the relevant conditions are legion. No wonder we sometimes encounter some resistance, eh. Here is my preliminary list from "The List." Feel free (Don't be afraid!) to contribute others!

Allodoxaphobia- Fear of opinions
Amychophobia- Fear of scratches or being scratched.
Anablephobia- Fear of looking up.
Aphenphosmphobia- Fear of being touched. (Haphephobia)
Clipart: Clker
Ataxophobia- Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.
Atychiphobia- Fear of failure.
Cainophobia or Cainotophobia- Fear of newness, novelty.
Caligynephobia- Fear of beautiful women.
Cenophobia or Centophobia- Fear of new things or ideas.
Chiraptophobia- Fear of being touched.
Chirophobia- Fear of hands.
Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks.
Dextrophobia- Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
Disposophobia- Fear of throwing stuff out. Hoarding.
Gelotophobia- Fear of being laughed at.
Glossophobia- Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Gnosiophobia- Fear of knowledge.
Haphephobia or Haptephobia- Fear of being touched.
Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.
Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
Hypnophobia- Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized.
Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
Illyngophobia- Fear of vertigo or feeling dizzy when looking down.
Kainolophobia or Kainophobia- Fear of anything new, novelty.
Kakorrhaphiophobia- Fear of failure or defeat.
Katagelophobia- Fear of ridicule.
Kinetophobia or Kinesophobia- Fear of movement or motion.
Laliophobia or Lalophobia- Fear of speaking
Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body.
Logophobia- Fear of words.
Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes.
Nebulaphobia- Fear of fog. (Homichlophobia)
Neophobia- Fear of anything new.
Ommetaphobia or Ommatophobia- Fear of eyes.
Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
Oneirophobia- Fear of dreams.
Optophobia- Fear of opening one's eyes.
Paralipophobia- Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility.
Phalacrophobia- Fear of becoming bald.
Phonophobia- Fear of noises or voices or one's own voice; of telephones.
Sarmassophobia- Fear of love play. (Malaxophobia)
Scopophobia or Scoptophobia- Fear of being seen or stared at.
Sinistrophobia- Fear of things to the left or left-handed.
Sophophobia- Fear of learning.
Soteriophobia - Fear of dependence on others.
Symbolophobia- Fear of symbolism.
Symmetrophobia- Fear of symmetry.
Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives.
Technophobia- Fear of technology.
Teleophobia- 1) Fear of definite plans. 2) Religious ceremony.
Tropophobia- Fear of moving or making changes.
Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.
Xenoglossophobia- Fear of foreign languages.

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