Today is brought to you by the letter “X.” Your first instinct, when you hear about today’s subject matter, might be to laugh, but I urge you not to. It’s a very serious matter, and I think, if we suffered with it, we would not be laughing, not one bit.
Xanthophobia is an intense, irrational fear of the color yellow. It is very real to the person or persons impacted by this phobia. Taken to its extreme, the xanthophobic person may even feel an overwhelming fear of the very word yellow. Xanthophobia comes from the Greek word “Xanthous”, meaning yellow and “phobos” which means fear.
Just like all fears and phobias, xanthophobia is created by unconscious thoughts as protection. At some point in the person’s past, something probably happened bringing together the color or word yellow and emotional trauma, like PTSD. This might have been a real life scare, but this condition can also be triggered by movies, TV, or seeing someone else experience trauma. The person attaches negative feelings to any situation where the color or word yellow is present, and therefore xanthophobia is born.
I really understand this. I have a thing about escalators (I’m sure there’s a name for that particular phobia). I will avoid them whenever possible. When it’s not possible, it takes me about a half hour to make myself step on. But think about it. They’re actually dangerous. People have been hurt on them before. They’re not very safe. Some people walk up them instead of holding still, so they’re inconsistent. I like things to be the same, all the time. But that’s just me, and we all know I’m a little crazy. lol
Have a great evening. Next month is Mental Health Month, and I’m already planning some of my blog posts!
4 thoughts on “Xanthophobia”
Wow, that’s so interesting, Chris. I’m pretty well informed about various mental illnesses, but I hadn’t heard of that one. I’m assuming the same must be true with other colors, also–do you happen to know any of the names for those phobias? BTW, I love all the cartoons and other graphics you’re giving us with these posts!
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Elaine, I think wikipedia has a whole list of phobias, maybe even alphabetically! I’m glad you’re enjoying the cartoons and graphics. 🙂
you’re NOT crazy! (and yes escalators are very dangerous. It is insanity to deny that)
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Thank you. Glad to know I’m not the only one who sees the danger there!