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To think that the term phobia is over used?

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DesolateWaist Wed 15-Jun-16 23:15:00

People seem to use the word phobia to mean anything that makes them feel slightly uncomfortable.
AIBU to find it disrespectful to people who have a genuine phobia?

It's like when people say they are a 'bit OCD' because they like things neat. Or say they are depressed when they mean a bit sad.

There should be a new word meaning 'this makes me feel uncomfortable but not so much that I'm on the verge of a panic attack'.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Wed 15-Jun-16 23:24:02

And I guess you are the arbiter of what constitutes a genuine phobia and what isn't?

EatShitDerek Wed 15-Jun-16 23:24:22

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WorraLiberty Wed 15-Jun-16 23:27:51

I agree it's over used but I don't think it's disrespectful.

I just think people need to think more about what they're actually saying.

TheNaze73 Wed 15-Jun-16 23:27:57

YANBU. Everything has a bloody label these days. OCD, The one where somebody is overly loved up that I read about the other day....Give me a break! Totally with you OP

PurpleDaisies Wed 15-Jun-16 23:29:50

It's like when people say they are a 'bit OCD' because they like things neat.

I hate this. I bet no one that has a friend with OCD uses this.

WorraLiberty Wed 15-Jun-16 23:33:56

Actually in the last couple of weeks, I've seen people in FB groups saying they got 'all autistic' about something, when they mean 'obsessed'.

Doesn't even make sense really confused

DesolateWaist Wed 15-Jun-16 23:36:45

And I guess you are the arbiter of what constitutes a genuine phobia and what isn't?

I'm not, no. But proper psychologists are.
And 'ooooh I really hate clowns/ birds/ small holes me, I'm dead phobic of them' is not the same as being actually phobic.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 15-Jun-16 23:39:57

A phobia doesn't have to be an extreme fear. It can just be an irrational aversion to something.

Becky546 Wed 15-Jun-16 23:43:07

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FedupofbeingtoldIcantusemyname Wed 15-Jun-16 23:44:12

Totally agree OP, in fact I remember reading an almost identical thread on here a while back.

I don't find it disrespectful but it does massively diminish the affect genuine phobias have on those who suffer from them, as with OCD too. Phobias are supposed to be an irrational fear, not a moderate dislike.

BayLeaves Wed 15-Jun-16 23:48:50

YANBU. Most common one I notice is "I've got a phobia of clowns!" No, in most cases don't have a phobia of clowns, you just find them a bit creepy, like the majority of the population does, due to the uncanny valley effect, a totally natural human response to something which looks human but isn't quite right.

Nataleejah Wed 15-Jun-16 23:56:11

'Homophobia' comes to mind. You don't have to be actively hateful, just not quite comfortable with certain aspects of popular culture -- and so you're -phobic.

Nerdygalwithabook Thu 16-Jun-16 00:10:22

YANBU. I Agree with you. I also suffered from crippling OCD and when people say 'I'm sooooo OCD because I HAVE to wash my face before I brush my teeth' or something. It just annoys me. And when people say they have a phobia of something when they are just scared ...... I have a phobia that has added up created more fears and phobias and rendered me housebound. Being slightly worried about something is not at all like a phobia. Phobias can ruin lives.

QuimReaper Thu 16-Jun-16 10:35:15

Nata there's a Morgan Freeman quote along those lines. "You're not scared, you're just a dick" or something.

FireTruckOhFireTruck Thu 16-Jun-16 15:56:30

YANBU. Being a bit scared of something doesn't equal a phobia.

ZedWoman Thu 16-Jun-16 16:24:35

It's not as overused as '-gate' as in scandalofsomesortgate.

Pythonesque Thu 16-Jun-16 16:31:36

The OCD thing is slightly complicated by the fact that it is legitimate to talk about obsessive-compulsive traits, which are compatible with an entirely healthy mental state, and separate from the significantly disabling obsessive-compulsive disorder.

[for example, I've heard it acknowledged that slight "ocd" tendencies - ie trait - can be a positive thing for someone working in the medical profession]

Egosumquisum Thu 16-Jun-16 16:32:17

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itsmine Thu 16-Jun-16 16:45:03

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borntohula Thu 16-Jun-16 16:51:10

'it's so claustrophobic in here.' wtf ?

MariaSklodowska Thu 16-Jun-16 16:55:28

" I just wish there was a better word to sum up those people who have an issue with trans people. "

how about 'Trans-ist'?

HumbleCrumble Thu 16-Jun-16 16:56:36

YANBU. It annoys me most when people use it about food, e.g. "oh yuck, I couldn't eat that, I've got a phobia of tomatoes". No you don't, you just don't like them.

Don't even get me started on homophobia, transphobia etc. "You're not scared, you're just a dick" is absolutely spot on.

Applejack29 Thu 16-Jun-16 17:33:52

YANBU

I have a full on phobia of birds (ornithaphobia) I am terrified. But when I mention this people tend to think I'm just a bit nervous around them etc as the word 'phobia' is used so often. I can't even look at the evil bastards birds on the tv blush

badtime Thu 16-Jun-16 17:38:33

Pythonesque : [for example, I've heard it acknowledged that slight "ocd" tendencies - ie trait - can be a positive thing for someone working in the medical profession]

Well, then it's not OCD - it may be OC, but if it is not the disorder, it isn't D.
And either way, it is grammatically impossible to be 'a bit OCD'.

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