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Learning about Phobias: Phobia of Peanut Butter

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that is defined by a persistent or excessive fear of an object or situation. Phobias often result in a rapid onset of fear and are present for more than six months.

Phobias can be specific and limited such as fear of cats (ailurophobia) thus one lives freely by avoiding what he or she fears while other phobias can be wide-ranging.

Phobias that cause trouble in a wider variety of places include the infamous fear of heights (acrophobia) which can be triggered while driving over a bridge or by looking outside a building's window and people suffering from them may need to alter their lives drastically. Such fears may dictate a person's employment, way of life, or home environment.


Arachibutyrophobia: this is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Most PB&J lovers will attest that they have had peanut butter stuck on the roofs of their mouths more than once.

People suffering from arachibutyrophobia go to the lengths of reducing their peanut butter intake to completely foregoing the delicacy and everything else with such consistency, just to avoid the phobia.

This fear of peanut butter may stem from a greater phobia of sticky things or choking which may arise as a result of past traumatic events like choking or extreme allergies. In such a case, the amygdala, which is a part of the brain essential in defining and regulating emotions, preserves the memory and attaches them to a specific feeling. in this case, fear.

This fear may exhibit the following symptoms: strong flight-or-fight response in a situation where peanut butter may be served to you, heart palpitations, nausea, sweating, or tremors when exposed to peanut butter, and difficulty in breathing.

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Peanut Butter Phobias

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