K is for Kenophobia

I know, right? Those Ken dolls are creepy as fuck, with their cold, dead eyes and their cold, dead hair, and their cold…oh wait, that’s not what kenophobia is?

*consults dictionary*

Oh…ohhhh! That’s better for this post anyway – I don’t know how much I could have written about Ken dolls without breaking down petrified and shaking.

Kenophobia is actually the fear of empty spaces, or more accurately – voids.

Granted the phobia usually relates to empty buildings, large open rooms, or even houses decorated in a minimalist style, but for the purposes of this post I’m relating kenophobia to the fear of empty pages.

That white, papery bastard that mocks you with unmarked stares. Look at it! With those unburdened blue lines and those hollow margins. And over there! A bare Word document – jeering with maniacal and meaningless sparseness *sob* It’s too much!

And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The best way to overcome your fears is to embrace them. Look again and you’ll see not a blank page but a page full of words you just haven’t written yet (that’s complete bollocks, but shhh…shhh *holds pillow over your face*).

There are two ways to escape the blank page.

Bin it.

Or write on it.

HINT: You should try the second one.

NOTE: This post would be longer but I have to catch up and get L’s post to write!

The cold, dead eyes of a killer...or a plastic doll.

The cold, dead eyes of a killer…or a plastic doll.


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  1. Fabulous read! Found you via a-z on Twitter! I prefer the Ken doll scenario, lol. Thanks for entertaining me and making me realise that my fear of the blank page is real…

  2. I’m sure there’s a word out there for fear of Ken dolls, well, probably for dolls in general. Great post. Thanks for teaching me a new word.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

    • susan on April 15, 2014 at 21:35
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    What a great word! so what would the fear of Barbie dolls be?

    1. Good sense?

  3. Hehe! I prefer the first phobia… i have found the answer to a blank age is panic.

  4. I wonder how someone tries to cure a fear of empty spaces/voids? And when they do, do they take a trip to the nearest black hole to celebrate?

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