Get Your Freak On – Top 10 Phobias

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by Sandra Antonelli

You may know, on a deep cognitive level, that you are 5 billion times bigger than that itsy, bitsy spider on the garden spout, that thunder is just God bowling with the angels, and that the elevator you are trapped in with your new boss is not going to run out of oxygen, which is what Olivia tries to explain to wigging out claustrophobic Emerson in my new smart-ass romantic comedy Driving in Neutral.

Everyone’s afraid of something. So what scares you? Odds are it’s one of these Top Ten Phobias.

  1. Arachnophobia: The Fear of Spiders, Research shows arachnophobia affects more women than men. No surprises there.

    Your mileage may vary Your mileage may vary

  2. Acrophobia: The Fear of Heights.


  3. Cynophobia: the fear of dogs.


  4. Agoraphobia: The fear of crowded places or any place where a quick exit is not possible.
  5. Claustrophobia: The fear of confined spaces (like elevators)


  6. Coulrophobia:…

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Sandra Antonelli

I’m the featured “IN the Spotlight” on AusRom Today!


SAWelcome to the AusRomToday Author Spotlight, Sandra Antonelli!

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I wrote on and off for a long time, but only got serious about it around 10 years ago. Then I pursued a Masters degree and a PhD in creative writing, with a super-massive focus on romance fiction. I’ve had 2 novels published prior to Driving in Neutral. My last novel, For Your Eyes Only, was written as a portion of my PhD Thesis and published before I had finished the academic portion of my thesis.

When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
Almost 10 years ago.

Tell us a little more about Driving in Neutral:
I got the idea for it during a dinner party, where guests told stories of how they met their…

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Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 68: These Phobias Are Not Your Friends

Driving_Final[3] 12.45.14 pmIt’s SEVEN DAYS to the release of Driving in Neutral-a love story about claustrophobia. WOO HOOO! You can pre-order it here  or here. You know, if you wanna. Thanks to everyone who has been following along for the last 68 days of this 75 days-long series and a massive thanks to everyone who has participated in sharing their fears. As Olivia says in Driving in Neutral, “Everyone’s afraid of something.”

There are phobias I like to call “False Friend Phobias.” What I mean by false friends is that a word or phrase, or in this case a phobia, that may look and sound like one thing, but actually mean something completely different. For example, planteater-craftDinophobia, may look like a totally irrational fear of long-dead dinosaurs, but really, dinophobia it’s a fear of dizziness.

So here are a few more you think-it’s-one-thing-but-it’s-really-something-else-entirely phobias.

Dishabillophobia: dishesNope. Has nothing to do with washing dishes. There is not a plate or spoon or saucepan in sight. Dishabillophobics want you to cover their eyes because they have the fear of undressing in front of someone.

Eurotophobia: Sorry kids, this phobia does not contain hansthe evil, suit-wearing European villains from Die Hard. Eurotophobia is the fear of female genitalia.

And Gymnophobia is not the fear of going to the gym or being in a gym full of sweating people. it’s merely the fear of seeing a naked body.

Melissophobia ain’t the fear of women named Melissa, it’s the fear of bears.

Nosophobia has nothing to do with your schnozz. This one’s the fear of illness.peen

Peniaphobia... Yeah, admit it. You went there. I bet you snickered too, just like I did. Well, get your Freudian mind off the penis and know that peniaphobia is the fear… of poverty.

We’re all afraid of something, kids, even if it’s something like Sitophobia, which is the fear of the sight of food, and Kathisophobia, which is the fear of sitting down, not the fear of a girl named Kathi.