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What Are You Afraid Of? The A-Z of Weird Fears and Phobias

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We all have things that make us a little uncomfortable or even freak us out completely. I know I can’t stand heights! Many people are scared of spiders, creepy crawlies and flying is another common fear.

A phobia is described as a strong fear of something, usually out of proportion to reality, and did you know there are around 530 official phobias! Some of them are quite strange, so check out our A to Z of the weirdest phobias around.

Aulophobia

Fear of flutes and other woodwind instruments.

Barophobia

There are two different types of Barophobia;

1. Fear of being crushed by gravity,
2. Fear of floating away if gravity disappears.

Consecotaleophobia

Fear of chopsticks.

Dextrophobia

Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
This is the opposite of Levophobia, which is a fear of objects being on the left side of the body.

Epistemophobia

Fear of knowledge.
People with Epistemophobia will often stay away from books and perhaps even TV in fear of learning something.

Frigophobia

Fear of cold or cold things.
Sufferers of Frigophobia will always wear winter clothing and try to keep warm all year round.

Genuphobia

Fear of knees or kneeling.
This can be a fear of your own knees or seeing the knees of others.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Fear of long words.

Ideophobia

Fear of new ideas.

Kathisophobia

Fear of sitting down.

Lachanophobia

Fear of vegetables.
It is suggested this fear can develop when children start behaving irrationally to avoid their vegetables at a young age.

Macrophobia

Fear of waiting for a long time.

Nephophobia

Fear of clouds.
Also closely related to Homichlophobia, a fear of fog and humidity.

Omphalophobia

Fear of belly buttons.
Sufferers are afraid of having their own belly button touched, or even afraid of just seeing someone else’s belly button.

Phobophobia

Fear of developing a phobia or showing symptoms of a phobia.

Rhytiphobia

Fear of getting wrinkles, especially on the face or around the eyes.

Sophophobia

Fear of learning something new.

Triskaidekaphobia

Fear of the number 13, commonly associated with superstition and bad luck.

Urophobia

Fear of urine or urinating.

Verbophobia

Fear of seeing words.
Sufferers get uncomfortable just by reading a newspaper or sign.

Wiccaphobia

Fear of witches and witchcraft.

Xanthophobia

Fear of the colour yellow or the word yellow.
This includes being afraid of things such as the sun, yellow paint or even the Yellow Pages.

Zoophobia

Fear of all types of non-human animals.

 

Here’s hoping you don’t have Sophophobia and learn something new! Have you heard of any other strange phobias? We’d love to hear from you!

 

Source: http://phobialist.com/

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