There are not enough decent phobia communities but this looks nice so I joined. My phobia is rather unusual. At least it seems that way considering I've never met anyone who shares my extreme fear other than two strangers on the internet. I cannot find a name let alone any information on this phobia so I'm left to assume it is pretty damn rare. That alone makes me even more anxious. Anyway I'm extremely terrified of extraterrestrials and anything regarding them. I can tolerate War of the Words and ET but barely. And ET as cute as he is makes me cringe in fear. What really sets me in panic mode are what are referred to as the Greys: small facial features with the exception of their terrifyingly huge black eyes. Alleged to stand about 3-4ft tall. Pretty thin. Yadda yadda. Typing this out is making me freak out.
My earliest memory of this phobia was when I was about 4 years old. I always watched horror movies with my mom and never did they bother me. I was a Freddy fan at 6 years of age while my peers were crying when they watched Nightmare On Elm Street. Anyway I don't remember the movie or what it was about. The memory is quite fuzzy considering this was over 20 years ago. Some guy was standing in the middle of a room and (if I remember right) he transformed into a scary alien. I could be wrong but I know that aliens were involved in the movie somehow.
Everyone thinks it's hysterical. But I guess that comes with the territory of unusual fears. I've asked over the years on various sites what this phobia may be called. Typically I am told it's along the lines of Xenophobia which is the fear of foreigners or "strange" people. It is also sometimes related to racism but I'm pretty accepting of all people and am definitely not racist. And I'm not afraid of humans. I was also told that Xenophobia can also mean the fear of "strange things" but thats pretty vague and can mean anything in my opinion.
I've recently been on a quest to find out what the hell is wrong with me and maybe, just maybe, try to desensitize myself to this godawful fear. It's really hard though. I see a program on TV then an alien pops on the screen and I'm screaming and crying like a baby. My husband and I went to go see Indiana Jones last night and lo and behold what do I see? Aliens! Needless to say I was hiding my eyes like a kid told to cover their eyes during a scene in a movie with boobs.
Just today my husband told me (while laughing of course) "you're going to shit when I tell you this." My curiosity got the best of me and he told about this article. So now I'm scared shitless to see a "featured video" on you tube or myspace of this supposed alien. And you know I will be a screaming at a still shot of beady eyes.
Whether anyone can help or not is not of importance. I just thought I'd share my unusual phobia and maybe even find others who share my fear of these things.