Blennophobia– Fear of slime

Blennophobia is the irrational and persistent fear of icky, gooey, and slippery slime that can occur in some people. Slime can be found in nature or can be man-made and are usually transparent, sticky and viscous. This fear could have been triggered by seeing a person getting slimed on television such as in the horror movies where people might be swallowed alive by aliens and opening up the aliens’ belly would reveal the person still whole and covered in thick gooey slime but already lifeless. Some might fear that slime can have an offensive smell or it can have germs in it so they get anxious when they see it.

This fear may have also been brought about by fear of ghosts, like people who were born to the time of Ghostbusters who can associate ghosts with slime and Slimer. Some might have accidentally slipped on goo and sustained injury thus this fear develops.

On the other hand, snails produce copious amount of slime and people might have experienced eating escargot in restaurants and have found the experience unappealing thus they develop blennophobia.

People with this fear get extremely anxious when exposed to slime. They may have palpitations, tremors, shortness of breath or may have nausea and vomiting when they see escargot.

Treatment includes avoidance of slime since we do not encounter slimy stuff every day. Medications are rarely needed as well as psychotherapy.