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In other news that caught my attention last week was a UPI story about an English woman suffering from chloephobia.
The malady does not involve an irrational fear of women named Chloe, but an irrational fear of newspapers. According to the story, the 49-year-old woman can't stand the sight, smell or feel of a newspaper, and panics when someone carrying a newspaper approaches her.
While surfing the Web for related stories, I came across several references to other instances of people with chloephobia in recent years. Like the flu, the phobia seems to be spreading and growing.
Wish we could blame the steady decline in newspaper circulation on chloephobia. It would probably be easier to cure than it would be to eradicate than the epidemic of readers switching from newspapers to the Internet as a news source.
Apparently, the time has come, as Frank Sinatra almost crooned, to start dreading the news.
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While learning about chloephobia, I came across an even stranger irrational fear that occurs often enough to have been given an official name: It must take two psychologists to provide therapy for those who suffer from phobophobia, or the irrational fear of irrational fear.