- Arachnophobia – the fear of spiders. People who suffer from this will retreat and hide from spiders.
- Ohidiophobia – the fear of snakes. People who suffer from this will avoid places where snakes can be found.
- Acrophobia – the fear of heights. People with acrophobia avoid not just tall buildings, but some suffer so badly they will not live in a two story house.
- Agoraphobia – the fear of open spaces. These people often refuse to leave their homes for years on end.
- Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking. Jerry Seinfeld once said this fear is more common that thanatophobia, the fear of death, suggesting that given a choice at a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.
- Claustrophobia – fear of small or enclosed spaces. No elevators for you. Great excuse for walk-in closets. Or Walken closets.
- Aerophobia – fear of flying. You won’t find these people on any airplanes, but if you do, pray the sedatives last.
In common terms, these phobias share one trait: when triggered by the object of their fear, the patient will run for safety, often screaming and in tears until the perceived threat passes.
Is it reasonable to assume, then, that someone who runs screaming in terror for safety, to a place where counselors wait with soothing words, herbal tea, cookies, crayons and Kumbayas is suffering from a phobia?
What if that someone retreats for that safe space after being triggered by some other person they irrationally believe suffers from racism, bigotry, sexism, patriotism, jingoism, Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia or unchecked white privilege, whether they have proof of their belief or not?
What if the patient needs the safe space simply because they are triggered by people nearby who simply do not behave or believe as the patient believes they ought to believe and behave, for example, a black conservative, a woman who refuses to vote for Hillary Clinton, or a FABULOUS AND DANGEROUS gay writer at Breitbart.com?
Shouldn’t THAT phobia have a name?
Alloideophobia seems like it might fit.
The fear of different ideas.