Everyone fears something. Some fear heights others snakes or spiders, but some people have phobias that you would not believe even existed. A phobia is defined as an irrational, abnormal or extreme fear of something. Usually the person with the phobia knows that what they fear is not dangerous and cannot harm them.
Some people suffer from social phobias, which are anxiety disorders. These types of phobias are triggered by social situations and relationships. One of the most common phobias is the fear of clowns. How strange is it that a person fears someone dressed in colorful clothes whose job is to make us laugh? The person suffering from the phobia sees clowns as terrifying monsters whose life goal is to terrorize them.
As much as we may find many bizarre phobias to be funny, the person who suffers the phobia is living with a paralyzing fear, a fear that they cannot control and are often ashamed of. Life is difficult enough without having to deal with a paralyzing phobia that can trigger a panic attack or other anxiety issues. There are actually hundreds of bizarre phobias, but we are going to take a look at 12 of the most bizarre phobias that people have.
12 Arachibutyrophobia - Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking To Your Palate
11 Anatidaephobia - Fear Of Being Watched By Ducks
Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by ducks (yes, ducks). To those of us who do not suffer from this phobia it seems insanely funny, but for the person who has Anatidaephobia they find nothing funny about it.
10 Ablutophobia - Fear Of Bathing
Ablutophobia is the fear of bathing. Yeah this is a pretty disgusting phobia to have. People who suffer from this phobia not only fear bathing, but also fear washing in general. How do you have a normal life when you fear keeping yourself clean?
9 Anthophobia - Fear Of Flowers
Anthophobia is the fear of flowers. Most of us see flowers as a welcome addition to any garden, yard or room. People who suffer from Anthophobia are terrorized by the sight of flowers. People with this bizarre problem fear the flower, the stem and even the sweet smelling petals.
8 Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - Fear Of Long Words
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is a large word that describes the fear of words that are long. How ironic is it that the name for this phobia is a long word? It's almost as if the person who named the phobia was attempting to be a bit sarcastic.
7 Ergophobia - Fear Of Work
Ergophobia is…wait for it…the…fear of work. Some people actually suffer from a fear of work. Now, that isn’t always a bad fear to have! This fear can lead to some sufferers getting disability because the phobia causes a person to have an irrational fear of finding employment, as well as the fear of a work environment.
6 Pogonophobia - Fear Of Beards
Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. Now if you’re a man with this fear it could be difficult to get a girlfriend and if you are a woman with the disorder, you’ll have a hard time finding a boyfriend. Beards are the 'in' thing right now.
5 Globophobia - Fear Of Balloons Popping
Globophobia is the fear of balloons popping. People who suffer from this phobia can fear balloons in general or just fear the sound of balloons popping. Imagine how difficult it must be for someone with this fear to plan their child’s birthday party or to attend other birthday parties.
4 Turophobia - Fear of Cheese
Turophobia is the fear of cheese. It’s difficult to imagine being afraid of something that is so delicious. Sufferers go their whole lives without knowing the delectable pleasure cheese brings. Some people, who suffer from this phobia, fear all cheese while others fear certain types of cheeses.
How does someone who suffers from this phobia enjoy dinner at a restaurant or eating at a friend’s without panicking that cheese will make an appearance?
3 Hylophobia - Fear Of Trees
Hylophobia is the fear of trees. People who suffer from this phobia not only fear trees, but woods and forests as well.
2 Trypophobia - Fear Of Small Holes
Trypophobia is the fear of small holes. People who suffer from Trypophobia fear things such as sponges and honeycombs. If a person who suffers from this phobia sees a small hole they suffer from a large array of symptoms. Those symptoms can include a person experiencing nausea, dizziness or a full force panic attack.
1 Sanguivoriphobia - Fear Of Vampires
Sanguivoriphobia is the fear of vampires. The phobia's name means “fear of blood eaters.” This phobia can cause excessive panic and terror, which can lead to panic attacks.
People who suffer from this phobia become extremely stressed if they are reading a book that has vampires as characters or are watching a vampire movie. They are convinced that vampires walk among us and can become highly suspicious that people around them are vampires. I wonder if these people stay home at night, since that’s the time most vampires appear. On the bright side, they get to avoid the torture of reading or watching the Twilight Series.
Sources: listverse.com, ibtimes.com
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