Reading books and magazines, listening to talks, associating with people that often speak of demons and all the dangers they are supposed to be for humans, is bound to cause phobia .
I had a jw friend who was intelligent and had common sense. Except when it came to the witness teachings and beliefs.
He had several experiences that I was convinced were "sleep paralysis" but there was no way to get him to accept that.
So he and the elders did their search for demons. They damn near tore his house apart. Finally they learned that he had bought a "used tire" for his car. Ah ha! this had to be it. They took the tire to the trash dump and low and behold the demon went away.
Now he is convinced that demons were after him. It wasn't too long after that, that we went different directions and so I don't know if he had any further experiences of sleep paralysis. Though I am sure he did.
The U.S. News & World Report magazine had a list of phobias that I never new existed. Here is some of the list.
GAMOPHOBIA FEAR OF MARRIAGE " OH YEAH"
ANUPTAPHOBIA FEAR OF STAYING SINGLE. "YEAH, GOT BOTH OF THOSE"
EPHEBIPHOBIA FEAR OF TEENAGERS "FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE"
RHYTIPHOBIA FEAR OF GETTING WRINKLES " DAMNED WRINKLES ANYWAY"
ARACHIBUTYROPHOBIA FEAR OF PEANUT BUTTER STICKING TO ROOF OF MOUTH ??????
HOMILOPHOBIA FEAR OF SERMONS. "NOW THERE IS ONE I UNDERSTAND"
ONOMATOPHOBIA FEAR OF CERTAIN WORDS "HMM WATCHTOWER? SERVICE? TALK?"
NOVERCAPHOBIA FEAR OF STEPMOTHER "THATS A GOOD ONE-- letter from mother "
COULROPHOBIA FEAR OF CLOWNS "HMMM ELDERS ??"
CATAGELOPHOBIA FEAR OF RIDICULE "LISTENING TO THE CO TALKS??"
EUPHOBIA FEAR OF GOOD NEWS "THAT'S A STRANGE ONE."
There are quite a few more in this list.
Thought you might get a kick out of this.