The fear of chopsticks is consecotaleophobia.
There are not too many people in the world who are afraid of chopsticks. It is unusual, isolated and a rare phobia. The fear is considered under phobia because there are enough people who are afraid of chopsticks.
Reason for this is previous trauma (childhood trauma or physical injury). Upbringing in certain culture (over protection of parents) makes a person not to get to know about other cultures and a person feel threatened towards others cultural practices.
People who suffer from this phobia are generally scared of Chinese culture or Japanese culture (Sinophobia and Japanophobia respectively)! Because usage of chopstick is originated from these two countries. Holding and using chopsticks for eating purpose makes them sweat and get panic attack.
It is extremely stressful for them and they avoid dining in western style restaurants. Some say that it could also be related to OCD and related cause.
Getting to know about the culture and understanding various types of culture around helps to overcome this kind of phobia.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: January 19, 2018