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Phobia of the Day: Zuigerphobia


A phobia is an anxiety disorder involving excessive and persistent fear of a situation or object. Exposure to the source of the fear triggers an immediate anxiety response.

Most specific phobias fall into one of four major categories:

Fears of the natural environment

Fears related to animals

Fear related to medical treatments or issues

Fears related to specific situations

Phobia of the Day: Zuigerphobia is the fear of vacuum cleaners, and is a specific phobia.

A specific phobia is an irrational, yet excessive fear of a particular object.

This type of phobia creates an immediate anxiety response, often causing the person to avoid the object whenever possible.

This week’s phobias:

Monday, 5 December

Tuesday, 6 December

Wednesday, 7 December

Thursday, 8 December

Friday, 9 December

Last week:

Monday, 28 November – Ophidiophobia

Tuesday, 29 November – Philemaphobia

Wednesday, 30 November – Scoptophobia

Thursday, 1 December – Thalassophobia

Do you have a phobia you suffer from that you’d like to share?

If so, send an email to [email protected] or a WhatsApp to 060 011 0211 and we’ll publish the ones that we feel are most interesting!

You can also follow @TheSAnews on Twitter and The South African on Facebook for all the latest phobias.

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