Gelatophobia (fear of being laughed at)
For the longest time I coudn't figure out what was wrong with me when I froze whenever someone laughed at anything about me. At my university, apparently, many people laugh at everyone, so I was laughed at a lot.
I was constantly laughed at for little things I did, things I said that weren't meant to be funny, etc. My roommate expecially likes to do the laughing, so I felt like I had no safe place to go to. I felt like I was never safe from anything or anyone.
My self-esteem immediately plummeted and I felt trapped for the rest of the semester, only able to regain my sanity after I came back to Shanghai (in China, people usually don't laugh at others). I only recently discovered that there is an actual term for this type of fear and that I'm not the only one. Do any of you share this fear? If so, how does it affect your life and how do you cope with it?