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Face Your Fears

Oct 17, 2013

by Mallory McInnis handmade and vintage goods

When I was a little girl, I used to sprint down the stairs to get past the giant imaginary boa constrictor before he swung down and tried to eat me; I loathe walking down a hotel hallway alone because I half expect to see the twin Grady girls from The Shining appear; and every time I watch the movie Jurassic Park I end up mentally reconfiguring what I’d do in the case of a velociraptor attack. Fear is a natural response to legitimate danger, but when you’re scared of things that couldn’t possibly hurt you or things that don’t actually even exist — well, then you’re getting into phobia territory.

It’s silly for me to be afraid of dinosaurs, and the best way to get over a fear is to confront it — so think of your own irrational dreads and let’s face them…in Etsy form.


[Dinosaurs: Silk scarf by Rawaan Alkhatib; Dogs: Cup with saucer by Eleonor Bostrom; Growing old: Lady with plants print by Joana Rosa Braganca; Meat: Glazed ham print by Matte Stephens; Outer space: Pouch by Oliva Frankenstein; Shellfish: Cushion by Minty Baxter;  Birds: Vintage Kristian Vedel birds at PROJECTOBJECT; Bogeyman: Monster clutch bag by Joanna Pybus; Dirt: Merit badge by Be Proud]

While my ridiculous terror has kept me from ever actually seeing that dinosaur ride at Disney World (I rode it two times with my eyes scrunched up tight), I’m not so unbearably scared that I’d be able to resist a silken dino scarf.


[Hands: Vintage bronze hands at EyeforModern; Alcohol: Beers print set by Two Arms; Fire: Campfire brooch by Finest Imaginary; Numbers: Vintage trays at Luckluster Co.; Eyes: Earrings by Jennifer Loiselle; Sharks: Soft sculpture by Adatine; Crossing bridges: Print by Amyisla Illustration;  Clouds: Shot glass by Villarreal Ceramics; Bees: Brooch at Mighty Vintage]

Many people dread going to algebra class, but I think that Hurley from Lost is one of only a few people with a valid reason for arithmophobia.


[Phones: Vintage sign from Anna Lou Vintage; Ghosts: Brooch by Ginette Lapalme; Worms: Vintage gag at The Lovely & The Strange; Fish: Vintage planter at Luola; Horses: Cushion cover by Ellen Giggenbach; Sun: Mug at Dipper Vintage; Heart: Mug by Jilly Bird; Darkness: Print by Danna Ray; Lightning: Tee by Swearhouse]

Yes, I’m frightened by a bunch of silly things, but I’m glad that my fear of thunder and lightning faded away with childhood. Now I truly enjoy listening to a summer storm rumble away outside.


[Clowns: Toy by The Antique Junky Monkey;  The dead: Ring by Datter Industries; Snakes: Print by Nora Aoyagi; Witches: Vintage book from Moonkitten’s Timeline; Cats: Bag by La Lisette; Mirrors: Mirror by CHIAOZZA; Blood: Print by Jing Wei; Childbirth: Card by Anke Weckmann; Mice: Vintage planter from Bit of Butter]

One person’s irrational fright is another person’s rational worry — my mother’s fear of snakes is pointless in Maine (a state free from venom), but if she moved to Texas it would be a whole different story.


[Bathing: Print by Luka Va; Dentists: Vintage dental mold from Orbiting Debris; Clocks: Vintage flip clock at Mighty Vintage Berlin; Music: Wall hanging from Kitsch Cafe; Flowers: Vintage plate from Junkhouse; Marriage: Vintage hankie from murdups; Spiders: Earrings by Michelle Chang Jewelry; Mushrooms: Toy by la-la label; Car rides: Print by Celine Loup]

Anyone who has read the third Harry Potter book has thought about what would appear if they faced a boggart (the shape-shifting creature that morphs into your worst fear) — what would yours be?

Dinoflowers Silk Scarf
Dinoflowers Silk Scarf
Porcelain Dog Cup with Saucer
Porcelain Dog Cup with Saucer
JOANNA PYBUS Sherbert Monster Clutch Bag
JOANNA PYBUS Sherbert Monster Clutch Bag
60's bronze / Pair of Hands Vintage 1960's Hooks Carl Aubock Bronze Figural
60's bronze / Pair of Hands Vintage 1960's Hooks Carl Aubock Bronze Figural
Camp Fire Brooch - camping brooch - fire brooch - great outdoors brooch - camp fire jewellery - camping gift - outdoors gift - fun jewelry
Camp Fire Brooch - camping brooch - fire brooch - great outdoors brooch - camp fire jewellery - camping gift - outdoors gift - fun jewelry
$29.59 USD
Eyes drop earrings pink glitter perspex | eye earrings | lightweight statement drop earrings |  acrylic laser cut jewellery | gifts for her
Eyes drop earrings pink glitter perspex | eye earrings | lightweight statement drop earrings | acrylic laser cut jewellery | gifts for her
$67.25 USD
A Mouthful - Vintage Plaster Dental Mold with Realistic Pink Gums & White Teeth, Creepy Disembodied Grin, Great Halloween Decoration
A Mouthful - Vintage Plaster Dental Mold with Realistic Pink Gums & White Teeth, Creepy Disembodied Grin, Great Halloween Decoration
Vintage flip clock West German Kienzle lipstick red space age atomic Mid-Century 60s 70s
Vintage flip clock West German Kienzle lipstick red space age atomic Mid-Century 60s 70s
Tiny Spider Earrings in 14k Gold
Tiny Spider Earrings in 14k Gold
$120.00 USD


  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 6 years ago

    My greatest fear is of the unknown which is actually pretty ridiculous because in a sense, I don't know what I'm afraid of.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    My fear is change! Happens all the time, you think I'd be used to it by now :)

  • nat1489

    Natalie Jacob from EtymologyJewelry said 6 years ago

    My phobia is flying in an airplane, although I've done it I definitely try to avoid it. eeeeeep!

  • Plastidermy

    Chris Evans from Plastidermy said 6 years ago

    Hey, no need to fret over dinosaurs!! Im afraid of being afraid of something ironically.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 6 years ago

    What a neato theme :) I wonder if I make cute monsters because of the monsters I feared under my childhood bed?

  • ComplexLaser

    EngravingForYou from EngravingForYou said 6 years ago

    Speaking to large groups of people is frightening for me. Hiding behind my Etsy store is perfect!

  • SoulRole

    Nancy Campbell from SoulRole said 6 years ago

    Wow!what perfect timing!I just read this quote to help me overcome my fear of making a custom Yoda costume!Ha ha!I also have a fear of using zippers BUT I just ordered some zippers and with the support of some great zipper users like Cheyne(!)I am going to force myself to try! “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda

  • admspeicher

    Adam Speicher from SpeicherBowTieCo said 6 years ago


  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 6 years ago

    Fun article and finds :)

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 6 years ago

    The long, latin names for fears always remind me of Lucy in "A Charlie Brown Christmas", sitting at her psychiatric help desk, naming off all the possible things Charlie Brown is afraid of : )

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 6 years ago

    Such a Wonderful Post, especially since Halloween is coming up so fast. My big fear definitely is snakes! My boyfriend and I were hiking in Kings Canyon and I probably leapt four feet off the ground onto a large boulder when another hiker said they spotted a baby rattler!!! The funny thing is the majority of people who get bit are bitten in the hand, they are men from 15 to 25 years old... needless to say the snake probably only bites if you try to pick them up.

  • ekkloke

    Erin Kloke from LittleFroggySurfShop said 6 years ago

    I'm terrified of Heights.. and I happily type this from my office in the basement. ;) Great Post!!

  • CheerfulAcorn

    Patricia Quinn-Ortiz from CheerfulAcorn said 6 years ago

    Love this post. I have always been afraid of heights (can't watch a movie action scene on top of a skyscraper) and in adulthood acquired mild claustrophobia. Imagine how much fun flying is.

  • laramored

    Anemone from AnemoneReadsVintage said 6 years ago

    Oh, super cute post! I am generally a brave, curious soul, but admit to a severe case of dentophobia! Snakes, spiders - bring them on! But the very thought of calling the dentist to make an appointment sends shivers down my spine :)

  • handmadebycecilia

    Cecilia Escobar from HandmadebyCecilia said 6 years ago

    Very fun article! Thanks for the post. My daughters just decorated our main door for Halloween with lots of mice which I fear fearfully, lol!

  • cinnew

    Cinne Worthington from CBanningAccessories said 6 years ago

    Really funny post! Is there such a thing as fear of spelling?

  • photographicloot

    Jennifer Johnson from BelleFoto said 6 years ago

    Fear of bathing....Wahahahaha. I know some kids like that.

  • HerterDesigns

    Ida Herter from HerterCrochetDesigns said 6 years ago

    This was a creative collection, it was fun to look at. :)

  • SeptemberHouse

    Corinne from SeptemberHouse said 6 years ago

    Oh gosh, I have one of those - I won't say which one - it seems too silly :)

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 6 years ago

    Fun post !!

  • JoyousCrafts

    Heather Salzman from JoyousCrafts said 6 years ago

    Yup, I have a fear growing old. At 20 I'm already afraid I'm past my prime. I know, it's super silly and makes no sense at all... :P

  • Tanchio

    Tatiana from LinkedArts said 6 years ago

    well, snakes are very nice actually =)

  • TheFoxHollow

    marianne clancy from TheFoxHollow said 6 years ago

    What about fear of being afraid? I am afraid I might want something from all of these sellers. that could be buytoomuchaphobia. Thank you for one of the best articles and samplings yet! Loved this post!!

  • designerheadboardsho

    Michelle from DesignerHeadboards said 6 years ago

    What a fun topic! I am actually afraid of snakes as well and they don't have to be venomous for me to have a coronary when I see one! LOL

  • DejaVuDream

    DejaVuDream from DejaVuDream said 6 years ago

    I have a fear of "clever blogs"......this is a good one!

  • WhiteDragonH

    Anita Toth from WhiteDragonJewelry said 6 years ago

    Bugs... But only big, hard backed, flying ones. If they don't fly, I am ok with them.

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Spiders. Definitely spiders. Fun read!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    The snake got me but interesting blog

  • KattyHuertas

    Katty Huertas from KattysHandcrafts said 6 years ago

    This is great

  • mjjrosebuds

    mjjrosebuds from mjjrosebuds said 6 years ago

    Brava! What is it called when one fears success??

  • novavintage

    novavintage from NovaVintage said 6 years ago

    neat. got a kick out of this. thanks. xo

  • sadiesez

    Diana from sadiesez said 6 years ago

    Love this!! :)

  • KnotKnowing

    Cianté from imaginecian said 6 years ago

    Hilarious! Telephono-phobia hahaha!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    There may be a few of those fears on my list!!

  • emmashepard

    Emma Shepard from SewWonderfullyMade6 said 6 years ago

    This is so awesome!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 6 years ago

    great post!

  • AkimaBotanicals

    Akima Morgan from AkimaBotanicals said 6 years ago

    I have an alien phobia - mostly the X-Files/Close Encounter ones they call Grays. It's really bad, my sister was describing the movie Fourth Kind to me, half joking knowing that I hate aliens, and I ended up screaming "Stop! Stop!" After than she realized it was just that I didn't care for aliens, but had a full blown phobia. Does that fall under Astrophobia as described above?

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 6 years ago

    Awesome post :O)

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 6 years ago

    That was fun! Didn't realize there were so many things to fear!

  • UglyBaby

    Rosalie and Doug Gale from UglyBaby said 6 years ago

    I love this post so much. Very creative and a hilarious idea. Nice work!

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 6 years ago

    HA! This made my day! What an amazing comprehensive list!

  • HandKnitHugs

    Heather from HandKnitHugs said 6 years ago


  • MidModMomStore

    Beatriz Macias from MidModMomStore said 6 years ago

    Love this post! Great choices all around. Personally I love the inclusion of vintage!!! Thank you Etsy for listening.

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from LorenasInkDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love the post!I'm super scared of dogs.

  • gfelted

    Gerry from GourmetFelted said 6 years ago

    Very clever post! I hate moths...they always get stuck in my long hair and flutter around!! EEEeek!!

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 6 years ago

    So Clever! Well done :)

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 6 years ago

    I have a fear of heights, especially if there isn't some type of wall or rail between me and the ground below. I can ride in a hot air balloon or roller coaster, just don't ask me to climb a ladder or stand on the edge of a roof, it's not happening.

  • akikojenncosplays

    Jennifer from CosplaysbyAkikoJenn said 6 years ago

    I have a lot of fears. Awesome post. :)

  • goldgatorvintage

    Lisa P from TheGoldGator said 6 years ago

    Heights get me every idea why, but loved this post!

  • gardi89

    Kasia from LunariaJewellery said 6 years ago

    How about lepidopterophobia??;> That's right, I run away in panic form every kind of butterfly... moths especially, but from normal butterflies also... You know, these pretty, colourful, lovely flying insects almost everyone likes... Good things is, I have no problem with (most) photos of them and with even living butterflies when they don't move ;P But I actually like them... only panic, when they are too close ;P And I'm sociophobic also. So, should I start making jewellery featuring butterflies, moths and teeny-tiny people in social situation?

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    Snakes make me panic.... I don't want to look at them thank you.

  • bestbrownie

    Dale Coykendall from bestbrownie said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful collection of phobias Who knew ? Isn't there a fear of Congress?

  • threepeats

    threepeats Jewelry NYC from threepeats said 6 years ago

    Fun post! Clowns creep me out! I think I'll start collecting clown figurines.

  • cybersenora

    Lynda from cybersenora said 6 years ago

    What a fun post...can't believe there are really names for these phobias!!!

  • elinkon73

    Elaine Link from ElainesAddiction said 6 years ago

    Spide.... I can't even stand to type the whole word. I have found that a blast of spray foam rug cleaner will stop them in their tracks until someone else can deal with them. I just end up with a clean spot :)

  • missjoanshobby

    Miss Joan from MissJoansBridal said 6 years ago

    Super fun post!

  • rdboyer

    Robert from rdboyer said 6 years ago

    By this metric I have made most of my work with the hope of helping people with their trypophobia : )

  • IsabellaDiSclafani

    Isabella Di Sclafani from IsabellaDiSclafani said 6 years ago

    Haha, well done!

  • loveantiquelace

    loveantiquelace from Loveantiquelace said 6 years ago

    I didn't see anything for my phobia- emetophobia. I guess there would be no nice way to do that - nor would I want to see it :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    What a fun blog! Great picks!

  • HelloAm

    Amelia Sophie from HelloAm said 6 years ago

    What wonderful picks of fear!

  • mouserrano

    Lisa Serrano Diaz from PrincessMouseyCards said 6 years ago

    i had no idea about Musophobia! Very interesting.

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 6 years ago

    Wonderful idea:>) I have a fear of heights, which you didn't cover.

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 6 years ago

    Fear of clouds, mushrooms and flowers - who would have thought? Interesting read - thank you!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios from MerCurios said 6 years ago

    Very cute!!! Fear of course is all in the mind. ;)

  • squinkus

    Emily Warner said 6 years ago

    Fear of dogs in your coffee-Cynocaffephobia!

  • NakedRatDestash

    Julie from NakedRatDestash said 6 years ago

    Great, loved this! The 'fear of bathing is disturbing.' :)

  • twamies

    Alan and Kati from twamies said 6 years ago

    The finds are awesome! I love the take on this, too! Great column!

  • chocolatesuperhero

    Alex Benjamin from QueensPopPhoto said 6 years ago

    I'm too scared to tell you what I'm afraid of!!!

  • senoritasofia

    s o p h i a from MadrinaSofia said 6 years ago

    Great article and collections! When I was a little girl my sisters and I watched Poltergeist...clowns were never the same again!

  • caroleparry

    Carole Parry from HooksBrushesandBeads said 6 years ago

    How about "Fear of Blind Dates". Bozophobia. LOL great blog

  • TheDulceVida

    Myra Pizarro from LittleLemonadeStudio said 6 years ago


  • TheDulceVida

    Myra Pizarro from LittleLemonadeStudio said 6 years ago

    Oh and that picture frightens me I guess you all know what my big fear is...that and failing at what I truly want.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 6 years ago

    It is amazing how many fears we have of different things...Love this post!

  • castlecatstudio

    Nathalie and Tim from castlecatstudio said 6 years ago

    He he he! Fun article! Thanks for the smile!

  • MySelvagedLife

    Heather Torre from MySelvagedLife said 6 years ago

    fear of alcohol.....hahaha

  • creativitae

    Aimee McEwen from ordinarilyaimee said 6 years ago

    I have an irrational fear of dinosaurs. There. I said it.

  • LaMeowVintage

    Regan from LaMeowVintage said 6 years ago

    Interesting fears.

  • iowajewel

    julie macneil from iowajewel said 6 years ago

    i am afraid of spiders!

  • IoncikDesign

    Ioana from ZucchiniIsland said 6 years ago

    Very interesting!! I have a few: dentists, spiders,dakness (or what i can not see in the darkness :)

  • IoncikDesign

    Ioana from ZucchiniIsland said 6 years ago

    *darkness* sorry!

  • michele325

    Michele from MichelesAManoDesigns said 6 years ago

    As I was reading through, I couldn't help but realize that what are BIG fears to some MUST bring joy to clowns, dogs, etc. Thanks for posting!

  • CocoHandbag

    DUCHESS OF SWOON from ARTFULHEIRLOOM said 6 years ago


  • LVictoriaCollection

    Lee Jones from LVictoriaCollections said 6 years ago

    Yes. Fear of Tea Partiers in there?

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 6 years ago

    When the blog picture came up I jumped! Then I noticed what a gorgeous snake it was, fear gone, but it's not slithering.

  • sheronrose

    Sheron R White from SheronRoseDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love this post. The fears I have are because of experiences, e.g., being stung by yellow jacket wasp, red wasp and scorpion (the most painful); my cat being bitten by a brown recluse spider; and friends being bitten by snakes.

  • ladyeuphrosilie

    ladyeuphrosilie from ladyeuphrosilie said 6 years ago

    This is one of the best posts I have had the pleasure of reading for some time. Each phobia and each connected item made me chuckle and check whether I needed to add them to my own list of phobias or my own collection of curious belongings.

  • MuffyandTrudy

    LeAnne Steiner from MuffyandTrudy said 6 years ago

    Oh no...I have so many phobias!!!

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 6 years ago

    Very fun!!! How about "Sesquipedalophobia" : this very long word describes one who has a fear of very long words. :) "Dextrophobia": how fun would it be to have a fear of everything to the right of your body? :)

  • PaintStyle

    Viktoria and Elena from LekaArt said 6 years ago

    My fear for now is crowd :) Great article! THank you, I enjoyed ^_^

  • dis00

    Julie Horn from EclecticLadybug said 6 years ago

    Perfect! I LOVE this post, and what a great concept for a shop! Fun, fun, fun! I'm new to Etsy, but if I can figure it out, I will gladly share this wherever I can. Have fun!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 6 years ago

    Wonderful post!

  • Deathwish111

    Steph from DeathwishCreations said 6 years ago

    Wow this is super fun and a very creative approach. perfect for Halloween time. While I am slowly getting better with my fear of spiders (unnatural beasts!) My other fear is fear of being physically stuck or unable to move, like suck in the tire toy at the park or when the strap you to the hospital bed before surgery. :(

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    Heights :))

  • MareNate

    Maren Eejima from TeamMareNate said 6 years ago

    Okay, this is ridiculous (and at least I can recognize it) but I'm terrified of moths and butterflies. My boyfriend laughs hysterically because though I freak out when there's a spider inside, I run and hide and cry when there's moth inside!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Wow, it's actually nice to know I'm not the only one with fears, I'm deathly afraid of spiders (they are just plain scary looking) claustrophobia, airplanes, the dark, and the list goes on. No wonder I love my job, being creative is my outlet, the best therapy ever! :) loved this blog Etsy!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 6 years ago

    So fun!

  • nikkiliberacrea

    nikki liberacrea from Nikkiliberacrea said 6 years ago

    Mi piace questo articolo! Il modo migliore di affrontare una paura o qualunque problema è guardarlo in modo artistico. L'arte trasforma tutto in meglio! Per esempio io sto usando i piccoli tubicini che usa mio padre per le sue medicine contro il sto inserendo in vari lavori e così, senza accorgermene la sofferenza arricchisce la mia esperienza artistica.

  • katesweetpeasoup

    Tupelo Honey from VintageSweetpeasoup said 6 years ago

    This is so great.

  • DesignsStainedGlass

    Nancy Ratte' from DesignsStainedGlass said 6 years ago

    Great post, very clever.

  • subcultureswirl

    subcultureswirl from bowsanarrows said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful article! A lovely way to face fears!

  • paperlovespen

    paperlovespen from paperlovespen said 6 years ago


  • Lilacskye

    Kate Bauer from MilkandHoneybread said 6 years ago

    My phobia is of trees! Dendraphobia!

  • alapalgal

    Patti Manley from WhiskerWorksTrinkets said 6 years ago

    F.E.A.R. = face everything and recover ...or...F@!& everything and run!

  • alapalgal

    Patti Manley from WhiskerWorksTrinkets said 6 years ago

    more politely, FEAR = forget everything and run

  • mycustomcreation

    mycustomcreation from mycustomcreation said 6 years ago

    interesting Thanks Patti Manely. I will remember that :)

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 6 years ago

    I had to copy all of these down because I got a fear that I would forget them all. LOL. does that one have a name. Terrific post.

  • LanaManisDesigns

    Lana Manis from LanaManisDesigns said 6 years ago

    Fear of heights! Three steps up a ladder or standing on a chair to change a bulb and and it's rattling from all my shaking, lol!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago

    This blog is a lighthearted look at phobias, which can be funny if you don't have one of them, or if you are able to see the funny side of one that you do have. I do love the selection of etsy items used to illustrate the phobias. However, as one who has had several phobias, and still has a few, just wanted to point out that it can be severely debilitating to suffer from phobias, and panic attacks really are not funny at all. Your fears can look ridiculous to others...or even to yourself...but that doesn't mean you can just dismiss them. It usually takes great effort to overcome phobias, and I respect and encourage anyone who has done so or is working to do so.

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 6 years ago

    Perfect story for the Halloween season. Great job.

  • FrancesMarin

    Frances Marin from FrancesMarin said 6 years ago

    This is such a great post! I didn't even know some of these existed. I think the Etsy items were perfectly selected! Such a fun mix.

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 6 years ago

    Fear of worms would be for me. Clever post.

  • kfelt

    Felt K from feltk said 6 years ago

    Interesting!:) Love your shop pictures.

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons said 6 years ago

    Isn't it amazing that there is a name for each of those fears!? I think when I started actively looking for the beauty in all things around me...most of my fears went "poof". (Did you notice I said "most"?)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    I don't think I have any phobias, & I find it slightly perplexing to see other people have an extreme reactionm to something I hardly notice. I drive a cab, & I once had to stop to let a girl out because a large moth had got into the car... she stood across the road while I the other 3 passengers managed to "de-moth" the car before she'd consent to get back in to continue the journey. Love the top pic, but then I had a pet Boa constrictor imperator for many years.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your clever finds and this fun and interesting compilation of well-known and obscure phobias!

  • andreaparadiso

    Andrea Victoria Paradiso from AndreasRealFantasy said 6 years ago

    Ho, ho! You have done it...turned that fear around and made it funny so we could all laugh gently at ourselves! That is Trickster territory and you have done very well navigating in it. Kudos to you on an absolutely wonderful and unique store. I wish you the best of luck and many, many more phobias to come!

  • casadeboneca

    casa deboneca from casadeboneca said 6 years ago

    hehe, fun!

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    HerArt SheLoves from RobotsAreAwesome said 6 years ago

    I see no fear of robots? Wonderful! ;)

  • minifrosting

    minifrosting from miniaturisms said 6 years ago

    I have a fear of aliens, and being home alone. :) it's neat to see all the names!

  • Sweetpea916

    Leslie F. from WeeWooligans said 6 years ago

    I'm terrified of aliens and UFOs. That's scary stuff, man.

  • carpedezigns

    Cara McSweeney said 6 years ago

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    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 6 years ago

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  • nutmegcortez

    Megan Cortez said 6 years ago

    I am scared of raccoons, bridges, and mariachi bands. I think I just got an idea for a painting entitled 'My Worst Nightmare'. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 123name123

    123name123 from 123name123 said 6 years ago

    Ah, there's a cute version of everything, isn't there =-) Much easier to face fears in the form of handmade and vintage ;-)

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 6 years ago

    Ha ha, this is awesome! Hmmm....what about the fear of running out of time? I have so much that I want to do in this each day, for that matter. And I really do fear that my clock is going to stop before I'm finished. Maybe I'll go find something less threatening to fear....thanks for the ideas ;-)

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 6 years ago

    Love the top photo ~ my better half gave me a baby albino corn snake for our 21st anniversary gift. That was 7 years ago and I still have the beautiful snake. ....both of them... as for fears ....mine would have to be that W$$$M$$T would expand ....that corporate corruption would rise...and that we wouldn't reach world peace this far into my lifetime .... ummmm as for spiders, ghosts and critters...though real ... i try not to sweat the small stuff.

  • somadlyinlove

    Craig & Michelle Zuiderweg from somadlyinlove said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Fantastic read. <3

  • septemberstation

    Julie and Jade Station from JulieandJadeVintage said 6 years ago

    So fun, Mallory! Well done! Such an enjoyable post :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    It just occurred to me, doesn't the top photo look as if those beautiful snakes are knitted out of baler cord, electric cable, plastic "string", silk cord, or something similar? It may be an idea for some crafty knitter out there, have it on me! ;-)

  • ganbayo

    Stella from ganbayo said 6 years ago

    love this post!

  • biancahewson

    Bianca from theinkybean said 6 years ago

    I have a phobia of CLOWNS!!! I think it was watching stephen kings IT when I was little.

  • kachek47

    kachek47 from BunniesWithClass said 6 years ago

    I have a pretty bad phobia over dead things, especially dead bugs! Live bugs? I love them, I used to come to the patio door holding preying mantises when I was little. As soon as they're dead though I can't stand being near them!

  • kristenthebassplayer

    Kristen S. from KristenMakesArt said 6 years ago

    I have an INTENSE fear of wasps and bees. Not the "Oh gosh, a bee! I'll swat it away" type of fear... I will literally use a different door into my house if there is a bee near the other one. I've pulled off the road and jumped out of my car because there was a wasp flying around in the back. I never leave my car windows open... I can't swat them away for fear of getting stung on my hands.

  • serviceTCB

    Milena from CopperButterflyGifts said 6 years ago

    hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - fear of big words......... I'd like to see that on a mug or scarf!

  • LifeReWritten

    Naomi Meyer from LifeReWritten said 6 years ago

    Who knew there was so much to be afraid of?

  • WorkofHeartStudio

    Channyn Gallegos from WorkofHeartStudio said 6 years ago

    I feared the ocean for so long when I was younger and now find it my sanctuary and the subject of most of my art.

  • junipergalleriesart

    Debbie M. Smith from debbiesfineart said 6 years ago

    I'm afraid of getting lost and not able to find my way back home! My internal compass has never worked right and it's much worse at night! Ha! Great post, it really made me laugh!!

  • ettaandelle

    Loretta Michele from LorettaMicheleDesign said 6 years ago

    I loved this!

  • busybonniebee

    Bonnie Becker from busybonniebee said 6 years ago

    funny and great!

  • divinalocura

    Maril from DivinaLocura said 6 years ago

    i´m afraid about not to be happy with my future decisions....

  • divinalocura

    Maril from DivinaLocura said 6 years ago

    oh and spiders! ;)

  • debragalbo

    Debra Galbo from HowCuteAreYou said 6 years ago

    I have claustrophobia which appeared out of nowhere while learning how to scuba dive which also brought on another fear which is being underwater. Needless to say, I don't scuba dive.

  • ember4

    Marta said 6 years ago

    I make sure to lock my door everytime I watch Jurassic Park because they learned how to open them. I have never had a problem with birds, but when my cat brought in an injured and bleeding bird I freaked. I was panicking trying to catch the poor thing to let it out but everytime I saw the blood I recoiled. So I have a fear of bloody birds indoors. Is there a name for that? (do not worry about the bird, I called my dad and he let it out)

  • paintingjoy

    Viktoriya Melnikova from ARTbyViktoriya said 6 years ago

    Awesome post :O)

  • GoddessEngraving

    Joanna Alley from GlassGoddessNgraving said 6 years ago

    This was the most interesting post I have read in a long time! Thank you.

  • chiiiiing

    Ching from chingsstudio said 6 years ago

    Hahahah this post is an absolute delight!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. My biggest fear is the fear of clowns and any mascots where I can't see the human's eyes. It freaks the heck out of me.

  • ElvesLi

    Mia Chan from CantonVintageStore said 6 years ago

    People fear too many things to enjoy their life.

  • linenlaceandthread

    Gretchen from linenlaceandthread said 6 years ago

    One of my favourite posts so far!!!

  • MariaHelenaPhoto

    maria helena from MariaHelenaPhoto said 6 years ago

    I used to fear sharks (thanks Jaws), then during a holiday off the coast of Malaysia we actually went to look for them. The second before jumping into the very dark waters, I thought "This is insane, but, oh well, what the h*ll", and jumped. And yes, we saw sharks, and they were absolutely gorgeous. They're also very curious...

  • PaperSynthesis

    Lisa McGarry from PaperSynthesis said 6 years ago

    What a fun post...interesting, amusing - and educational! As I read through the list of fears and those expressed by others, I thought about mine: mice & rats. And flying (though it doesn't stop me, and I love seeing the earth from above). Thanks for this clever & entertaining "dictionary" of phobias & cool items to combat them...

  • evertonterrace

    Jeanette from evertonterrace said 6 years ago

    That was so clever and creative, very much enjoyed it. I have no idea what my boggart would be but now I'm totally thinking about it. Also was surprised at most of the phobias you listed, had no idea people were afraid of most of these things - even flowers, wow. Love that dog mug :)

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 6 years ago

    Gephyrophobia, for sure. Better now that I'm an adult, but every so often I feel myself getting nervous again.

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 6 years ago

    Great!! I guess my fear is water or the Oceans, I keep getting night mares, I always drown in my dreams..terrible dreams, very vivid..

  • selkiecrochet

    Rosemary from SelkieCrochet said 6 years ago

    oh gosh I am so petrified of spiders that I have even had to ask customers at my workplace (on a car ferry!) to come and move a dead one! clowns freak me out too!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    ♥♥♥ THIS... If I hate math, does that mean I have arithmophobia..?? Theres only one thing that really creeps me out...ROACHES! EEK!

  • MoonDragonC

    K. White from MoonDragonCrafts said 6 years ago

    I have emetophobia.. hate the very thought of getting ill, eeck!! It's so silly, but I've been this way, and it can't be avoided.

  • tammi885

    Tammi Young from FrenchRobinDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully clever! My fear of snakes was put to the test with the lead photo! Loved this article :)

  • Mattie714

    Madison said 6 years ago

    I love this article! I didn't realize there was a name for being afraid of space...

  • PomLove

    Kirsten Hadley from PomLove said 6 years ago

    Cute post. I am in my thirties and am still totally scared of the dark!

  • floresflorestanis

    Carmen from florestanissupplies said 6 years ago

    For many years I was traumatized from having watched "Night of the Living Dead" on TV when I was about 6 years old. Zombies terrified me! But then they became so popular and were everywhere you looked so I finally got over it! But I still wear flat shoes all the time so that I can run in case there's an attack! Seriously!

  • sungene

    sungene said 6 years ago

    Very cool. I also made a Fears and Phobias treasury list ten days ago...

  • SolinDesigns

    Sun from SolinDesigns said 6 years ago

    I fear the dangerous bum wedgie and muffin topping.

  • That70sShoppe

    Natalie from That70sShoppe said 6 years ago

    My friend at better not see this for that top photo.

  • marianneouioui

    La Marianne from LaBelleOmbrelle said 6 years ago

    Most amazing treasury ever!

  • cinderandhoney

    Caitlin Benson from cinderandhoney said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • galinabernadskaya

    Galina Bernadskaya from NiceKnittingClothes said 6 years ago

    I'm afraid of the phone calls. This makes it difficult to talk to me

  • ManicManx

    Kristi from ManicManx said 6 years ago

    A really fun an interesting blog piece. I have a phobia of looking at satellite pictures of oceans. Thats a weird one. I do it but it makes me dizzy and uncomfortable. I noticed today that some people have pogonophobia. My next door neighbor has a phobia of fish, repeated patterns on plants and buttons. There are no buttons on her clothing. You name it and someone is phobic about it.

  • thepolkadothen

    thepolkadothen from ThePolkaDotHen said 6 years ago

    That clown toy looks menacing. ;)

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 6 years ago

    fab post and great ideas to embrace our fears

  • OrdinaryMommy

    Faith Lex from OrdinaryMommy said 6 years ago

    I'm afraid of clowns in a close setting. Just never what those buggers are going to do next...

  • SomsStudio

    Som from SomsStudio said 6 years ago

    Awesome post!! Face your fears: "Riddikulus!!"

  • muddywaterscc

    Diane Waters from muddywaterscc said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • ShirtByHome

    Shirt ByHome from ShirtByHome said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! Thanks for the post :)

  • Solandia

    Savenna Zlatchkine from Solandia said 6 years ago

    Very interesting indeed! Great research of items made. It is good to approach one's fears in a humoristic way, this helps curing the fear. Now, I'll share too - I'm afraid of driving car and this is serious and no fun at all, with all its sequesl. Really, I don't drive. I love biking! And by nature's sarcasm, my 4 years old daughter is crazy about cars. In her hieranchy they take same place as cats, mice and fans, which means they are even impersonalized, pampered, called by names. And this started long before getting known with Mr McQueen. Fun, fun!

  • Peggysvintage

    Peggy Stanger from Peggysvintage said 6 years ago

    Hum Buggg....oh i mean Boooooo!!!! great post.

  • swaggjewelry

    April McGee-Riess from RawLuxGems said 6 years ago

    Hmmm, yeah, interesting.... :-D

  • Brokenghostcouture

    Jana from BrokenGhostClothing said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness. I have a debilitating fear of mice. This would encompass rats as well, but thankfully I live in a place that is rat-free (Alberta, Canada). I seem to accumulate more fears as I I'm pretty sure I have gerascophobia too.

  • thevintageorangejar

    Mandy Bradford from TheVintageOrangeJar said 6 years ago

    I am struck by how similar all of our fears are. It is relieving to realize just how connected we all are: by the good and the scary in life! Where others are weak, I might be strong and in those times when I am quaking in my shoes (snakes, why does it have to be snakes), praise be- there is usually someone there to help me along!

  • dahlilafound

    Dahlila S. from dahlilafound said 6 years ago

    wonderful article! but I won't tell you my fears, I'm afraid to tell you!

  • anorth90

    Ashley Sturgill from StarandArrowDesigns said 6 years ago

    I loved this! What a creative way to feature these products! Pretty sure I have selachophobia

  • TheRiCharmedLife

    Julia Richarme from TheRiCharmedLife said 6 years ago

    I'm deathly terrified of sharks!

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 6 years ago

    The Bogeyman under the Bed has to be the worst! :D

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers said 6 years ago

    Either I'm some kind of superwoman with no fears or mine are so obscure that I simply haven't come across them yet! (Most likely the latter). Cute items though, and of course I'm always a fan of learning new words!

  • Stoned

    Sharon from ShaktiBeads said 6 years ago

    I'm afraid of fear :)

  • BlushEnvy

    BlushEnvy from BlushEnvy said 6 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • jwned702

    Shelby Timbers from PARDONMYVINTAGESHOP said 6 years ago

    I fear Mannequins ! They torment my dreams!

  • DetectivBrunette

    Jenelle from DetectivBrunette said 6 years ago

    Fear of drowning! Even though I love swimming and live in Michigan with the most beautiful Great Lakes and lovely inland lakes. I just can't go under water very long... I think it's because I had a recurring dream that I was looking up to the surface at the light through the water but I couldn't swim back up and my lungs were bursting... eek... that's about all though and fairly easily avoidable :-)

  • charlenedinkins

    Charlene Dinkins said 6 years ago

    love these!!! and you are right, you should conquer your fear, but I'm going to the grave, with my fear of snakes, and heights.....

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts from AnnaBelleArts said 6 years ago

    Hahahaa! Love this!! I am deathly afraid of spiders.... they are sneaky little creatures O.o

  • ElvesLi

    Mia Chan from CantonVintageStore said 6 years ago

    How creative! so fears are also categories, guys, find which one you've collected! haha. I think I fear of being feared. hum...

  • DahliaBatou

    Sophie from MoonGardenStitches said 6 years ago

    Great and fun read! Mine would be clowns. I had to scroll past the toy clown just to get it off the screen. Everything else I'm good with though :-) I also appreciate I'm not the only one with a Velociraptor escape plan!

  • salart

    Susan Lynch from salart said 6 years ago

    Fear of losing creativity! That would do me in.

  • artifactsofamerica

    Brandi Barkheimer from ArtifactsofAmerica said 6 years ago

    What fun! I'm scared to death of the deep sea! I think scuba divers are crazy.

  • KPlager

    Kate Plager from BombyxBotanica said 6 years ago

    This is just too clever! Perfect for Halloween!

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 6 years ago

    Best. Ever. List. But Grammarian in me must point out that "Anthrop" is greek prefix word for Man, not flowers. "Anthophobia" would be fear of flowers.

  • trollzar

    trollzar said 6 years ago

    My fear is people will find out who I really am (hobby wise).

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood from acuriousbrood said 6 years ago

    Enjoyable post, and educational to boot!

  • ThePersimmonTree

    Mary Fore from ThePersimmonTree said 6 years ago

    Fear of fear. I'm okay with everything, just never want to lose it and panic,

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY said 6 years ago

    Awesome post! Great little giggle :)

  • jenscloset

    Jen from jenscloset said 6 years ago

    Haven't been in an airplane since 1991-bad fear of flying! :(

  • TanteAnnies

    Tante Annie from TanteAnnies said 6 years ago

    Love this clever article Mallory! The thing that scared me the most ever was someone breaking into my home, but somehow I ended up chasing him out. Other than that, it's creepy things if they get dangerously close, like a big bug in my hair or a clown up to no good. Not so good with heights either, but mostly because I am afraid of falling. Also that wedgie thing in Sun's comment. Is there such a thing as fear of underwear?

  • mmshurburtt

    Melissa Shurburtt from ShurbsDecadentDecor said 6 years ago

    Child birth is a legitimate fear, especially for 1st time moms.A lot can go wrong. It's not an irrational fear. The only thing that cured my birthing fears, was physically giving birth.

  • AlexArtinian

    Alex Artinian from VillageGoldsmith said 6 years ago

    a moth landed on my head last night...need i continue? maybe that mouse cup will conquer my mother's mouse fear! (well maybe not.) good article!

  • martilanghorne

    Marti from AllMyEggsInOneBasket said 6 years ago

    Clever, Mallory! But you left out one of the most common, dreadful fears of all...Alektorophobia. Fear of CHICKENS. It can paralyze a person, keep them from visiting a farm, grocery store, petting zoo or keep them up all night having nightmares about being chased by an angry rooster. Marti

  • rockinreader

    L. McLaughlin said 6 years ago

    Are the fear of hands and feet the same thing? I don't think so since I am afraid of feet but not hands!

  • MuffyandTrudy

    LeAnne Steiner from MuffyandTrudy said 6 years ago

    I had to come back to share that my 6 year old boy and I saw a flowerbed full of large brown mushrooms in a park and he completely froze. Then he freaked out a little and said he didn't want to go to that park ever again. I remembered this post and thought, "mycophobia!"

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  • midori60

    Betty Hatfield said 6 years ago

    I have a fear of opening canned biscuits and crescent rolls.

  • msfish

    lauren said 6 years ago

    i fear nipples, man. so accusatory! my college roommates used to threaten to buy a bunch of third-nipple novelty stick-ons and scatter them all over my dorm room bed like rose petals in an '80s movie. terrible women.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 6 years ago

    I had not heard of the fear of hands until I saw this post!

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  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 6 years ago

    Oh, now this is fun!

  • aboutthesouth

    phyllis harris from ForgottonFaces said 6 years ago

    I have emetophobia--fear of vomiting. It runs my life and I hate it. Every single decision I make in life is related to how I can avoid vomiting. It's the 5th most common phobia, too. That makes me sad to know there are people out there who feel like I do. It's a horrible feeling. I'm also afraid of growing old, but that isn't blown to such disproportion as the emetophobia.

  • rarebeasts

    Brian McNamara from rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Fear of meat! I love it!

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 6 years ago

    Very interesting, and funny: couple days ago I got a big huge snake inside my screened patio, it was a black racer, "no poisonous" they told me, I did not care; I wanted out of my property! My neighbor got it out unharmed. Very scary. I didn't think I have a phobia... but I'm dreaming with it since then. Did I just developed? ... Wait! Who can be scare of fish??

  • modfolk

    Richelle from modfolk said 6 years ago

    This is the best!

  • VibrantTrains

    VibrantTrains from VibrantTrains said 6 years ago

    Very cool article

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 6 years ago

    Very Cool....Just as long as I am not facing

  • mindybanta

    Gnome Goods from GnomeGoods said 6 years ago

    Fun, and informative on all the various phobias :)

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 6 years ago

    I have aquaphobia and I sure wish that I didn't!

  • chimera681

    Nancy Lanno said 6 years ago

    ooooh, i like that mean yellow clown! would make a lovely desk doodad.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 5 years ago

    interesting story!

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