Is there actually a phobia of colours? What is that kind of phobia called?  

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Your question intrigued me so much that I just had to find an answer for you. Believe it or not, the fear of colors is a documented phobia, called chromophobia or chromatophobia. According to my research, like most phobias, the fear of colors is triggered in early childhood when some traumatic event occurs and becomes associated with a color. For instance, Sybil Dorset, who was said to suffer multiple personality disorder, was afraid of the color purple. She associated it with a time when her mother locked her inside a crate in the barn. Unknown to her mother, Sybil had a purple crayon in her hand, and she scribbled on the wood until her mother set her free. Symptoms of chromophobia can include "a feeling of dread, irregular heart beat, extreme sweating, mouth becoming dry, inability to speak or express, occasional shaking, extreme anxiety, shortness of breath, relentless sweating and nausea."

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mksb | Student | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Personally, I have arachnophobia, ( fear of spiders ) and I have autophobia ( fear og being alone ) I am afraid of basketballs and claustrophobia (fear of enclosing areas. I'm starting to cure this one, though!)

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bethlaw | (Level 3) eNoter

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There certainly is, it's called chromophobia and it is more common than you would think. The sufferer often believes that ceratin colors have morose or evil qualities can affect them in highly negative (even mentally torurous ways).

Often presenting itself from horrible childhood memories (such as having been beaten with a black belt or abused by someone wearing a blue shirt), the phobia can be literally debilitating.

Andy Warhol is said to be a chromophobiac.

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