Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What's Your Phobia?

A recent unit of study on phobias has me thinking. I have a long list of phobias.

Gerascophobia - Fear of growing old
Verminophobia- Fear of germs
Rhytiphobia- Fear of getting wrinkles
Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes
Molysmophobia- Fear of dirt or contamination
Hypsiphobia- Fear of height
Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces

I think it's safe to say that I also have Pantophobia, the fear of everything.

One phobia I didn't see on the long list is a fear of complacency. A note to my students: If you are confused by the word "complacency" go look it up! Change is exciting to me. Progress is even more exciting. I think that's why I love teaching so much. Things never get old. They never stay the same. I've learned that I'm never quite satisfied with the way things are. I'm always on a quest to find more challenges for myself and for my students. Always on the hunt for a better way, a newer way, a more exciting and engaging way. So, here's to COMPLACENTPHOBIA!

My challenge to you, students, is to find your list of phobias that are standing in the way of progress. Take that list of phobias and turn them the other way. Your phobia may just encourage someone, motivate someone, change someone! Click on the link below to read about more phobias from National Geographic Kids.

...Looking forward to this topic of discussion in class and reading your comments!



  1. Morgan Ryan CassellMay 2, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    my phobia is ophidiophobia!!!! I HATE SNAKES SO MUCH!!

  2. i am very organized but when it comes to handing my teacher my bindercheck and i have everything there and ready...

    then i hand it to her but after i feel like im disorganize. another example is if i give my friends a sheet a paper or pencil, I automaticly feel disgoganized. this is actually called adaptphobia ( I guess) to me.

  3. I like what we're learning in social studies. My phobia is: Hypsiphobia- Fear of height.
    From, Caleb