Webster defines a phobia as an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. Everyone is afraid of something, but some people fear more than others. A few common phobias are fears of closed-places, heights, needles, and spiders and that's just to name a few.
Phobias can evolve from basically anything, usually stemming from childhood incidents, traumatic events or just plain bad luck. Normally people with phobias know that what they're feeling is indeed irrational, but they can't help but feel anxious and are unable to stop the thoughts and feelings that are involved with their particular phobia.Phobias can be debilitating, in that most people who suffer from them will do everything in their power to avoid coming in contact with their specified fear. Some common symptoms people experience include panic attacks, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, trembling, dry mouth, chest pain, dizziness, and nausea. Phobias are very common, but some of the objects that people are fearful of are just plain ridiculous and weird.Here is our list of 15 of the most bizarre phobias that people actually have:
Nomatophobia is the fear of hearing certain words or phrases. This phobia seems to be one of the most bizarre ones out there. Many people claim they are bad with names, but in actuality they may very well be afraid of your name! Most people with this phobia relate a name to an unfortunate event to their past. Quite often when hearing a name that they are fearful of, nomatophobia sufferers react with uncontrollable responses, feel dread and panic, and become paranoid.
Sources: buzzfeed.com, viralnova.com, list25.com, merriam-webster.com
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