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Chrematophobia (Chromatophobia) (Fear of Money) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Chrematophobia or chromatophobia is fear of money. Sufferers experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. They worry that they might mis-manage money or that money might live up to its reputation as "the root of all evil." Perhaps they remember well the ill fortune that befell the mythical King Midas. His wish that everything he touched be turned to gold was fulfilled, and even his food was transformed into gold. From the Greek chrimata, money + phobia, fear. The "chrome" in "chromatophobia" may also be related to the Greek word chroma (color) because of the brilliant colors of ancient coins. I have the opposite condition: fear of no money which I guess would be achrematophobia or achromaphobia. (That was a joke.)



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