1. A persistent irrational fear of and compelling desire to avoid insects, mites, spiders, or similar phobic objects;
2. Significant distress from the disturbance despite recognition by the individual that the fear is excessive or unreasonable;
3. Not due to another mental disorder such as schizophrenia or obsessive compulsive disorder
I am terrified of bugs. When I see a spider in the bathroom, it freezes me to the spot. It takes a lot of willpower for me to be able to move again. I have no idea where this fear comes from! The other night there was an earwig ON MY ARM IN MY BED in the dark. Luckily I have a husband who does not suffer from entomophobia, and he was able to get rid of it before I completely freaked out.
A person who is very dear to me has some neurotic tendencies that lead him to be terrified of other people's germs. He goes to great lengths to avoid 'contaminated' food, and has been known to wash his hands until they bleed. Often, people with OCD characteristics are kind of expected to "get over it" because their fears seem unreasonable and silly to others. We all know that eating off the same plate as someone else or getting drooled on by a baby probably won't kill you.
But recently, I was thinking about my irrational fear of insects and spiders and realized that if someone expected me to just "get over it," I would have a really hard time with that. Although my fear is unreasonable, it is very real to me. So...maybe I can understand a little bit what it's like to be afraid of something, even when everyone else expects you not to be.
Do you have any irrational fears?