Fear is a natural unpleasant emotion or thought and probably the most crippling feeling a person could have. We often fear of what’s going to happen next. It can lead us to run, hide or to freeze in our shoes but some people their fear becomes a phobia. A phobia is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to persistently fearful of an object or a situation.
Here are 20 straight-up weird phobias people actually have and yes, these are real.
Taking a bath is so relaxing and many people enjoy it a lot but not everyone feels that way. People with Ablutophobia in general have persistent, abnormal and unwarranted fear of bathing, cleaning or washing themselves. Mostly women and children suffer from this phobia than men. Ablutophobes will show panic, shortness of breath and they do anything to avoid the bath.
Oh nightmares! People with hypnophobia have irrational and extreme fear of sleep or being hypnotized. This phobia may result from a feeling of control loss and it can cause distress in many people. This is considered to be one of the dangerous kinds of phobias because it can cause sleep deprivation, which disrupts your brain function, weight and coordination. We all know that avoiding sleep is impossible because there is this thing called, brief microsleeps, a sleep episode that lasts up to 30 seconds. However, the extended absence of deep sleep can cause death. The struggle is real here!
Now this is something for the heartbroken ones. People with Philophobia have persistent and a strong unwarranted fear of falling in love. This phobia can generally develop from a horrible heartbreaking experiences. Arrange marriage can also lead to the development of this phobia. Gosh! Love is so sweet! How can anyone be afraid of love?
This phobia is not just for vampires because yes, you too can be deathly afraid of the sun. Heliophobia is the fear of the sun, sunlight or any bright light. People have developed this phobia because they are so scared if they are in the sun for too long it might give them skin cancer.
If you hate going to the casinos or playing the lottery then you are most likely suffering from Arithmophobia. Arithmophobia is the exaggerated and constant fear of numbers.
Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. Do you remember Stephen King’s “It” movie way back in the 90’s? Well, thanks to him most of us have coulrophobia.
Remember being afraid of monsters hiding under your bed or in your closet? Just imagine your entire house is that closet. People with ecophobia have a fear of a home or the contents of a home. As years go by, this phobia is an adolescent mindset that eventually passes.
This phobia is quite common in toddlers and also young children who have a fear of trying new and unfamiliar food.
Yes! They are just holes but to some people, they are pure fear. Trypophobia is the pathological fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes such as ant hills and bee hives. People who suffer from this physically feel sick or even pass out at the sight of holes. Although many people are suffering from this phobia, it is not officially recognized as a condition by the American Psychiatric Association. They believe that people who suffers from this phobia may develop this condition based on past negatives experiences with holes.
Euphobia is the fear of hearing good news. Hearing good news every day is one of the best feeling you can ever have but to some people it may not be as good as you think.
Who isn’t afraid being left alone in a dark woods? Nyctohylophobia is the excessive, often irrational fear or forest at night or dark wooded areas.
Pogonophobia is simple the fear or extreme dislike of beards. Partly the reason for this is that it is believed that when sporting a beard is bad for one’s political career. At some point, there might have been a negative or traumatic event in the person’s past connected with men with beards.
I think a lot of people are guilty on this one. Nomophobia is the fear of having no access to mobile phones. The term nomophobia is actually an abbreviation for no mobile phone phobia which was created during a study in 2010 by the UK post office. They found that mobile phone users suffer severe anxiety if they lose their phone, lose network coverage or run out of batteries.
This kind of fear is basically for the elder ones. Neophobia is the fear of new things or experiences. However, in the simplest way, this phobia is also an unwillingness to try new things or break away from routine. Neophobia can lead to a conservative and reactionary personality and can also cause depression due to a lack of change in one’s life.
This phobia is too much to handle. Panphobia is the fear of everything. They have a vague and persistent fear of some unknown evil. This phobia may also include a non-specific fear of the idea of fear which will bring on common anxiety and panic attacks. It is greatly interfere with a person’s personal life and begin to negatively affect their physical and mental health.
Peladophobia is the fear of bald people or of becoming bald. This fear is originated from unpleasant experiences when encountering bald people like for example, getting threatened or injured by them. The symptoms for this phobia can include anxiety, a feeling of dread, shortness of breath, sweating, and fear of dying, heart palpitations and even shaking.
A party is always fun but not for some people though. Deipnophobia is the fear of dinner parties and all. Maybe socializing or having around many people is not really a thing for them.
Technophobia is the constant and persistent fear of technology. It is the feeling of severe anxiety associated with using anything technologically advanced.
Shadows can be scary to some people because of the possible presence of harmful things or unwanted visitors within it. The sciaphobia is the fear of shadows. Often times, this fear can be generational. It means that the fear passes from one person to person or observed behavior. People who are suffering from this phobia may want to stay in the well-lit room in the house while avoiding sleeping in the dark room.
Cathisophobia- The fear of sitting.