For this years A-Z challenge I have chosen to explore obscure fears from A-Z. All of the fears I have chosen to discuss were the ones for each letter that I found the most fascinating, or interesting that would be fun to mess around with Laughing at Life 2 style
Today's fear is Cacophobia, which is the fear of ugliness. Now, this one I can kind of understand. Who hasn't ever seen someone so ugly it made you flinch when you looked directly at them? I see people that ugly all the time and I just have to pretend they aren't ugly while I force my eyeballs to sustain eye contact with them out of pity and common courtesy. Can you imagine how freeing it would be to not have to do that and instead just release a blood curdling scream upon the sight of the uglified individual as you turn tail to run away and find a place to hide from their hideousness.
According to my research it's not just ugly people that a cacophobe fears but ugliness itself. That would mean it is a fear of all things visually offensive which could also be very liberating. Just think of it - you never have to go to your in-laws again because their furniture terrifies you. You could just tell your wife that you love her parents it's just that their carpet and drapes scheme gives you waking nightmares. Then you could stay home in your underwear and watch TV all by yourself. Seems to me that cacophobia could potentially be a convenient way to avoid all the socially awkward situations life presents.