10 Strange Phobias

Ergophobia -- Fear of Work

Many of us have surely daydreamed about having this strange phobia: ergophobia, a chronic and irrational fear of work.

Ergophobics experience exaggerated levels of anxiety regarding work, whether they're in the workplace, called upon to do work or have to face anything associated with a typical workday. Ergophobia may also look and feel like a few fears wrapped into one. For example, the fear of public speaking (glossophobia), the fear of being around other people (a social phobia) and the fear of failure (atychiphobia) may all play a role in ergophobia. Treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure to the workplace to desensitize the fear and medications may all help ease this phobia.