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Most Writers and Readers Suffer From Manias & Phobias. Do You?


In a previous post, I wrote about hypergraphia and other unpleasant conditions affecting writers. Here are several more.

Typomaniaan obsession to write for publication, is most common among unpublished writers.

Some writers suffer from metromania, the compulsion to write poetry.

Negative criticism of one’s writing sometimes leads to phronemophobia, a fear of thinking, but almost never to sophophobia, a fear of learning.

Writers aren’t the only ones plagued by manias and phobias.
Readers are, as well.

come-organizzare-lagenda-di-lavoro_27d82465e5e2f5f8d92b606a5a77a419Biblioniomania, a word created by the folks over at Interesting Literature, means a mania for buying books. They also give us ambibibliopropria, being unable to remember when browsing in a second-hand bookshop whether or not you already own a particular book, and bibliosmia, the desire to smell books, especially old tomes.

If you are a voracious reader, someone who reads all the time, then you are a bibliophagist, one who devours books, and you might also be a bibliobibuli, someone who reads too much. If you run out of reading material, you might even resort to bibliokleptomania, an intense desire to steal books. And there are a few readers who fall prey to alogotransiphobia, the fear of being caught on public transportation with nothing to read.

There is one phobia much worse than the others:


Bibliophobia—a fear of books! Is there a bibliophobe in your circle of friends? Maybe you can plan an intervention.

All of these great words come from one of my favorite web sites:
Interesting Literature.
Head over there and take a look. Add it to your bookmarks.

Until next time—Happy writing and reading!



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