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Centophobia- Fear of new things or ideas

Centophobia is defined as Fear of new things or ideas, it is a state in which a human being, like you and me, is so afraid of new things or new ideas it leads to hysteria, panic attacks, chest pain and sweating !

Picture it: Sicily 1942.. Kidding !!

If you didn’t get the above joke then you clearly aren’t a fan of “The Golden Girls” TV show, but on a more serious note..

Picture it: a meeting in a regular office building, someone pitches a new idea that is actually very good, suddenly, someone starts hysterically screaming and faints ! <- this is not normal

Thankfully, that scenario only happens to those of us who have Centophobia, the rest of us feel slightly different.

Most people don’t humor the idea of new things, they will either dismiss it, disagree with it or find every single excuse on earth to prove its not a good idea.

For the people who are shocked by the previous statement, believe it or not (sarcasm) there is a logical explanations to why people react that way !

Let me give you a few explanations:

  • People feel overwhelmed as they feel this new teretory will effect them in a negative way
  • Sometimes its related to stress, no one wants more stress on top of whatever stress they already have
  • In some cases people simply can’t be bothered to include this new idea in their daily life

Luckily, these people are not as bad as the people with Centophobia or even worse, like people with Ablutophobia which is Fear of washing or bathing (yuck) !!!

The brave ones, however, will not only be up for the new idea but will actually suggest it. They will fight for their idea and go through all the barriers to make it happen. These people are visionaries. So.. which one are you?


The word Phobia, pronounced Fobia, is derived from the Greek word Phóbos which means “fear”, luckily enough the definition of Phobia can also be summed in that four letter word, F E A R.

It is funny how the most intelligent species that ever walked the earth can get goose bumps by just hearing the word Phobia, without thinking twice, we start remembering the things that scare us the most, start torturing ourselves with mental images  and for no reason scare ourselves half to death !

Scientists have classified the types of Phobia into 3 general categories:

  1. Social Phobia: Fear of people or social situations
  2. Specific Phobia: Fear of something specific
  3. Agoraphobia: Fear of leaving home or your comfort spot

Now, you might be wondering why I’m writing about Phobia, have I actually gone completely mad?

(lets face it, I was on the edge).

Unfortunately I haven’t gone mad yet, but I was once surfing the internet and saw a ‘List of Phobias’ that I couldn’t help but go through. (don’t ask me why, I just had to)

After reading the list of Phobias I first thought Human beings can be very ridiculous, then I thought Human beings can seriously be very ridiculous, but then I started to think about some of these Phobias and how they can seriously effect the way we live, the more I thought about it the more I realized how much fear controls us.

Phobia is more common than we think it is, and Phobia doesn’t have to be scary like being shot to death, there are some people who are afraid of laughing !! (believe me, its called Geliophobia) Although the kind of Phobias out there can sometimes be a bit hard to believe, some of them actually make a lot of sense.

So being the nice person that I am, I am going to start a series on different kinds of Phobia, not to make fun of people or the types of Phobias that exists, but to take some of these Phobias and see how they effect our daily life, not as a Phobia per say, but as something we fear.