Because love comes so naturally to us humans, it’s only a matter of time before innocent love morphs into maniac obsessions. Philias and phobias are the two sides of the same coin. Manias though are a bit more ‘enthusiastic’ a manifestation that profess love in far greater intensity than the ideal. But what is love anyway if you do not allow it the freedom of carrying you away to faraway lands? Love, actually. Because anything that does not let you remain rooted in reality isn’t real love, it’s bothersome obsession. On that note, let us explore some such unusual manias we have for strange urges so that we know exactly what to call the next overenthusiastic lover we come across-
What a perplexing term to be starting off with! Phobomania sounds like an oxymoron- the mania of a phobia. And yet, in essence it exactly is what it professes to be- the mania of fear!
Someone who’s constantly picking their nose- gross right? Well, people with rhinotillexomania do it with an obsession that can seriously put off everyone around them with disgust. Compulsive nose picking followed also perhaps by ingestion of the mucus matter, rhinotillexomaniacs would be maniacs in the real sense of the term indeed!
Perhaps a not so outrageous mania when viewed in the present context of the coronavirus rule is what is known as ablutomania. An obsessive urge of washing and cleaning oneself, ablutomania is a derivation from abluere. A Greek word that means ‘to wash off’, abluere led to ablutomania which is in most cases a critical component of OCDs.
A fairly pleasant mania for those on the receiving end of it (quite literally), doromania is that friend of yours who gets gifts for you just because. A doromania experiences the compulsive urge to gift others by whatever means possible. Even when they are financially inadequate, these people continues their gifting spree obsessively. And the worst part about this otherwise best sounding mania is this the poor souls cannot even stop when they want to!
A sitiomaniac is the exact opposite of a foodie. Sitiomania refers to a strong aversion to something as basic as food. This morbid aversion is also often part of more comprehensive medical conditions and is one of the many of such manias that concerns food.
The society might condemn you as a Philophobiac for it views our desire to stay single forever as some morbid fear. But what they don’t know instead is that it might even be Anuptomania at play. The obsession with staying single because you believe love is a waste of time or because you don’t believe in love at all is what Anuptomania professes to articulate for you.
This one is one fairly common mania encountered all through the world. Translating to the compulsive urge of biting nails leading to some really asymmetrically sketch disfigurement of the fingers, phaneromania might be mostly the stuff of children. However, this does not make it only a kid exclusive realm as many grownups too inevitably end up chewing their own nails.
People who constantly put up Insta stories of #wanderlust need to know what dromomania is. A compulsive longing to travel that however began as a medical condition referring to the uncontrollable urge to walk or wander is what dromomania is in essence. Modern references simply translate dromomania as travel addiction, albeit with lesser hustle than what wanderlusting commands.
Closely related to dromomania is poriomania which speaks of an impulsive tendency to wander away. More a medical condition, poriomania is the morbid desire to get away, specifically from home.
Absolutely crazy about the hazy allure of the fog? Or enchanted by the mystery that the mists hanging in the air harbours? Then call yourself a nebulamaniac from now on since it is the word for the ‘ones of your kind’.
Perhaps the only obsession on the list that does not explicitly spell ‘mania’, cartacoethes is a rather perplexing compulsion however. An uncontrollable compulsion to see maps everywhere- yep that what cartacoethes is, if it manages to make any sense to you.
While we still are at cartacoethes, we found it apt to introduce another ethes description into the list. So here we are with cacoethes, which however is more a rare medical term. Cacoethes refers to the uncontrollable urge to do something that has particularly been advised against. Sounds so much like the forbidden fruit, doesn’t it?
The compulsive desire to eat as much as we can, even perhaps when we are already too full is a vicey mania that is best described by the term phagomania. You might profess it as your absolute love of food for all you want, but deep down even you know the doom this love is preparing you for!
We colloquially call folks of their kind as playboys or playgirls but these poor souls might in fact be governed by some inexplicable mania. Gamomania is the term that encompasses such people who compulsively propose marriage to different people at different times. It stems from an excessive longing for the desire to get married and is often therefore marked by extravagant pursuings and proposals.
We have all known people who exhibit an excessive urge for cleanliness. We have also parallely come across such folks who live in complete disorder and indiscipline. But never did we fathom that like the former types, even the latter is the manifestation of some obsession. Turns out it indeed is, with ataxomania which means the obsession with disorder.
You have a favorite person, I have a favorite word. Hence we aren’t the same bro! But jokes apart, someone who has this irresistible desire to repeat a certain word or words because it appeals that much to them is an onomatomaniac. It might be an unconscious manifestation or even a yielding in to the really strong urge that resides at the core of this warm feeling of love called onomatomania.
It’s a given- everyone likes tasty food. At least, those of us who aren’t sitiomaniac yet savour every morsel of tasty stuff we put in the mouth. But when the craze for taste starts going a bit too intense- obsessive to be precise, then it’s time for you to identify yourself as a geumomaniac.
Grinding of the teeth while asleep is a fairly common occurrence and one that is attributed to stomach worms. But there also exists a parallel mania when you compulsively and habitually grind your teeth even when awake. This is what we define as bruxomania, that may or may not be of or resultant of some medical condition.
Masochist is generally the term that describes people obsessed with pain or someone who derives pleasure out of pain. As a mania however, this same compulsive desire goes by the term algomania.
The obsessive love of long words is what is very aptly represented by this lengthy spelling mania called sesquipedalomania. This obsession however also has alternative references like logolepsy and other such ‘logo’ prefixxed terms.
A compulsive, intense desire to run away from one’s home or some responsibility is what drapetomaniacs experience. Beginning as a phenomenon viewed as a mental illness, drapetomania today might or might not be a medical term but is nonetheless no less commonly encountered.
Disappointed that you are still just a vegetarian even when your love for the veggies far exceeds the norm? Cheer up for lachanaomania is what characterises you in your obsessive love and therefore makes you one among the distinct breed of lachanomania!
Another mania that has to do with the very worthy obsession of food is what we call as cibomania. An excessive desire to eat all food, especially lip smacking but unhealthy stuff is what drives cibomaniacs to ecstasy.
One of the most obnoxious of manias in the list is also one of the most pompous sounding ones. Autodysomomania which means an obsession with bad odor or with people who possess bad odor is the very unholy mania we would not want to end up with!
How beautiful it is to attribute a term to that act, too much indulgence on which might brand you a maniacal maniac? Phronemomania is what this beauty sounds like to the ears and refers to people who compulsively keep on thinking all the time. Perhaps philosophers and also unfancied overthinkers can somehow manage to squeeze their way in here!
While there’s this term pluviophile to refer to people who are lovers of the rain, being maniac towards these droplets of white pristinity calls for a different christening of these folks. They are ombromaniacs- people who go excessively crazy about all things the rain brings along with it.
If you know someone who keeps on compulsively shouting, irrespective of where they are or how dreary in the dead of the night it is, they you know a klazomaniac.
Folks who are too obsessed with their own intelligence to the extent their perception is nothing more or less than a delusion are what sophomaniacs come to be in the pompous real world.
We all have our favorite food, that which commands a craving inexplicable and insatiable at times. But there also arises such an abnormal love for a favorite food, specially rich and delicate foods, in people that lead them to be called opsomaniacs.
While erotomania sounds like and in fact is a manifestation of excessive sexual desire, there’s another interesting maniac connotation to it. In psychiatry, erotomania refers to the delusion in which a person believes that another person of higher social status is in love with them!
Not everyone can be obsessed with dust given how allergy prone weaklings it tends to make out of perfectly healthy individuals. But for those who sees the romance of the duststorms and the hazy aura of their essence cannot help but await its arrival every day just preceding spring. And those lucky ones are what the world identifies as amathomaniacs.