Fear of having sex indoors plus other strange phobias

Published: Dec 28, 2012, 13:10 IST | A Correspondent |

Be it bananas, cellphones or even making love indoors, we present some people with the weirdest fears

Phobia of bananas consumes her!
A woman in Britain is so terrified of bananas that every time she sees one or is near one she falls ill. Fran Dando, 21, of Hastings, East Sussex, starts to hyperventilate, sweat and throw up just catching a glimpse of the fruit. It had all started when Dando was seven and her brother hid a banana in her bed.

“I felt this horrible slimy thing. It frightened the life out of me. Suddenly I was hyperventilating and sweating. I was frozen in panic. Ever since then if I see one the same feeling comes back,” a major newspaper quoted her as saying.

Unfortunately her son Harrison, two, loves them, and she has to feed them to him wearing rubber gloves.

The woman who can only have sex in open air!
Danielle Vincely has a bizarre sexual phobia that prevents her from having sex indoors.

She says her sexual claustrophobia ruins her love life as partners soon get tired of her adventurous sex demands on beaches and parks.

"Guys love it at first. They think it''s kinky making love under the stars in the woods, on beaches, park benches and car bonnets,” a major newspaper quoted her as saying.

"But after a while they get annoyed, especially if it''s raining, and dump me. Men like a quick romp inside on the bed but I just can''t bring myself to do it.

"It''s not like I haven''t tried. I just can''t do it indoors without freaking out. I feel like I''m being choked and about to pass out.

"But sex on the forest floor with the sweet smell of pine cones is a real buzz.

"Up against a tree is good too - but I''ve scratched my back on the bark a few times," she added.

Danielle has been suffering from the problem since the first time she had sex at 18, indoors with her first beau.

For 8 years, girl has been eating pizzas
19-yr-old from Wrexham in North Wales, eats cheese and tomato pizzas, as she suffers from Selective Eating Disorder, which gives her a phobia of almost all foods and terrified to try anything new.

Sophie's bizarre dining habit was sparked when she was struck down with gastroenteritis when she was two, which left her scared to eat. Following her illness, she could only manage cheesy pasta, chips and lemon curd sandwiches before moving onto pizza when she was 11.

Since then, Sophie has lived on a diet of pizza, sometimes eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

'Nomophobia' or the fear of being without mobile affects many: Study

Young adults -- aged between 18 and 24 -- tended to be the most addicted to their mobile phones, with 77 per cent unable to stay apart for more than a few minutes, and those aged 25 to 34 followed at 68 per cent.

The study showed that people on average check their phone 34 times a day, and 75 per cent of us use the phone in the bathroom -- with many people saying it is the modern equivalent of the newspaper.

Fear of colour!
There are people who suffer from chromatophobia - the fear of colours. But it can be cured with therapy and counselling, say experts.

There are specific phobias for specific colours.

The phobia of the colour white is leukophobia, while for black it is called melanophobia.

The fear of purple is called porphyrophobia, fear of yellow is xanthophobia, fear of red is erythrophobia, fear of green is called chlorophobia and fear of blue is known as cyanophobia.

Chromatophobia can surface for a variety of reasons -- even due to something as simple as the use of names of colours in popular phrases.

However, this phobia of colours is curable.

The treatments for chromatophobia are several, including psychotherapy, counselling and hypnotherapy.

The process to successful cure of chromatophobia includes specific steps to gain confidence, calm and happiness, as well as proven procedures for overcoming anger, sadness, fear, hurt, guilt and anxiety. 

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