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Xanthophobia is a fear of the color yellow and is the subclass of chromophobia.[1] This fear may include the sun, daffodils, yellow paint, and the Yellow Pages. Xanthophobic behaviour has been described in sea turtle hatchlings, helping them to visually find the sea after hatching.[2] In China the colour yellow was feared, specifically receiving the yellow scarf, which was an imperial order to commit suicide.[3]

The common cause of this phobia is traumatic experiences involving the color yellow, like getting stung by a bee or even getting hit by a yellow car. In consequence, yellow reminds xanthophobes about pain and in the unconscious level reminds them about the loss of life. When xanthophobes encounter something yellow, they may immediately close their eyes or panic in anxiety, depending on the severity. For severe sufferers, even seeing or hearing the word yellow can cause fright.[4] Sufferers would not eat cheese, mustard, lemonade, bananas, egg yolk, and anything that is yellow. They may also close their eyes and hold their breaths when urinating.

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  1. ^ "Friday 13th and other unusual phobias: The colour yellow". MSN. May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Witherington, Blair E; Bjorndal, Karen A (1991). "Influences of wavelength and intensity on hatchling sea turtle phototaxis: implications for sea-finding behavior". Copeia (American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists) 1991 (4): 1060–1069. doi:10.2307/1446101. JSTOR 1446101. 
  3. ^ Auer, Benedict; Jessy A. Ang (2007). Torment of the Soul: Suicidal Depression and Spirituality. AuthorHouse. p. 41. ISBN 1434321819. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fear of the Color Yellow". FearOfStuff.com. Retrieved 6 July 2014.