Updated: Jan 6
Philia is an ancient Greek term often translated as ‘brotherly love’ and sometimes ‘friendship’ or ‘affection’ however, it can be more than just that, you might call it an ‘obsessive love.’ The complete opposite, an irrational fear of something, is known as a phobia.
A person under the spell of a ‘philia’ is known as a -phile e.g bibliophile, chocophile or zoophile. You can create the adjective by using -philic e.g bibliophilic, chocophilic or zoophilic and the adjectives can be converted into adverbs with -ly.
People have some weird philias. Here’s the Bulldog pick of philias strange enough to give you philiaphobia.
Arachibutyrophilia – clack, clack...know that sensation when peanut butter sticks in your mouth? If it gives you pleasure beyond the taste, perhaps you’re an arachibutyrophile.
Didaskaleinophilia – have you ever had that dream that you're in school, naked? If the best part of that dream is that you’re in school, perhaps this is your philia. Didaskaleinophiles are obsessed with school. The uniforms, the learning, the wedgies, simply heaven.
Eptroctophilia – some people are possessed by paraphilias, a philia that causes sexual arousal. Eptroctophiles are aroused by flatulence...just let that hang there for a while.
Forniphilia – another paraphilia, this one could have you scanning the room for suspicious looking lamps or inspecting what you’re sitting on. Forniphiles are obsessed with the idea of becoming human furniture and derive pleasure from being ‘inanimate.’
Allodoxaphilia – perhaps you know someone that will always hold an opinion contrary to your own, regardless of the topic. If you’re still friends with them despite this irritating habit, you could well be an Allodoxaphile, meaning you are obsessed with and actively seek out alternative or contradictory opinions.
Gynotikolobomassophilia – not a Greek restaurant, although it does involve nibbling. These philes are obsessed with having a nibble on female ear lobes, a condition apparently common enough to require a label.
Nebulophilia – mostly found in Industrial London, modern day China and period crime novels. These philes are hard to spot, for they are obsessed with fog and being engulfed in its milky embrace.
Pupaphilia – not a love of small dogs. Although they also feature as the demonically possessed in many a horror film, puppets are the object of this philia’s desires.
Sesquipedalophilia – say that word again, slowly. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Try dropping it into a sentence and see if you get anybody’s number. You could well catch yourself a sesquipedalophile, since they are obsessed with long words, others may think you’re spouting a load of taradiddle
Siderodromophilia – I choo choo choose you. The love of riding trains, perhaps because of those good vibrations, who knows?
Novercaphilia – surely this is the strangest one of them all, it goes against nature. These philes are obsessed or overly affectionate towards...stepmothers.
Nomophilia – finally, the most common on the list. Perhaps you’re possessed with this philia yourself, right now. A nomophile is obsessed with mobiles phones.