Ergophobia is an abnormal fear of work or an aversion to work.
I learned this today at Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day.
I can’t say I have this phobia, at least not an abnormal fear of work. Sometimes there is work to do that seems a bit more than I can handle or something that is outside of my comfort zone, and there are times when I think I will not do a good job or won’t be able to finish the task. But it is not really a fear, certainly not an abnormal fear, just a nagging feeling that I have been given more than I can deal with.
However, I may have a slight aversion to work. Not to the point of not doing something that needs to be done but I have been known to procrastinate. In fact, I can make procrastination into a fine art of avoidance.
Ergophobia may be a new word for me but definitely one I will remember. Somehow it sounds more acceptable to say I have ergophobia than to say I am too lazy or just don’t want to do something. People are usually understanding of folks with phobias not so much for those of us who are avoiding work because we don’t want to do it.
A to Z Challenge
letter today is
There are a lot of phobias and some of them start with O.
Here are some of them:
Osmophobia…fear of smells or odors
Onomatophobia…fear of hearing a certain word or of names
Optophobia…fear of opening one’s eyes
Ophthalmophobia…fear of being stared at
I can sort of understand those phobias.
Then there is this one. I don’t understand what it means
Orthophobia…fear of property
This one is funny to me, but I am sure not funny to someone who has it:
Omphalophobia…fear of belly buttons
This one is kind of a mystery to me
Ouranophobia…fear of heaven
Some phobias are amusing to those of us that don’t suffer from them.
I am not making fun of anyone with a phobia.
I have had to deal with a phobia so I know how awful it can be.
I was embarrassed to talk about my phobia and when I did people often laughed
It became so bad I was almost paralyzed by it.
I finally got some professional help and with time and hard work
I have, for the most part, overcome it.
I understand the whys and whats of my phobia, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
Sometimes it rears its ugly phobia head and my heart pounds,
I break out in a cold clammy sweat, and just want to disappear.
Having a phobia is no laughing matter.
If you are experiencing an irrational fear of something
please talk to a friend or family member you trust.
If you are embarrassed or ashamed, don’t be, you are not alone.
Like with any challenge, the first step is the hardest.
Take a deep breath and take that step.
Life is bigger and better than any phobia.
Do you know there are people with a fear
of developing a phobia?
Well, there are…they are
It seems there are phobias about everything.
I had a phobia…I probably still have a bit of it.
Sometimes it rears its ugly phobia head and I am a mess.
But I have learned to get past it…most of the time.
It took a lot of work to overcome it or overcome it for the most part anyway.
So, I can understand someone having a phobia even really strange ones like,
Phronemophobia; the fear of thinking.
This would be horrible.
How does one not think?
I wonder how one gets over phronemophobia?
I mean, really, you have to think to work through it.
Today, I think phronemophobia is not one I will worry about…I love to think.