What is it that scares you the most?
What is it that raises the hair at the back of your neck?
Is it fear of work or water or heights or people?
What is the weirdest phobia?
What are the most unusual phobias?
Some people fear being all alone and some fear of spiders. Fear or phobia is an irrational fear of things that are unlikely to cause you any harm. When someone is said to be phobic, he or she has the fear of some object or situation.
There are some commonly found phobias like fear of heights, fear of spider, fear of darkness, social phobia, and many more. However, we have a list of phobias that you may have never heard of. People with anxiety disorders may experience full-blown panic attacks and endure with fear of such situations or objects.
Specific or unusual phobias sometimes tend to be very specific indeed. These are the rarest form of fears which mostly go unreported. To know more about other personality-related disorders read here.
Let us list out some really unusual phobias for our readers:
- Some Weird And Unusual Phobias
- 1. Haphephobia – Fear Of Touch
- 2. Omphalophobia – Fear Of Belly Buttons
- 3. Somniphobia – Fear Of Falling Asleep
- 4. Xanthophobia – Fear Of Yellow Color
- 5. Triskaidekaphobia – Fear Of The Number 13
- 6. Deipnophobia – Fear Of Dining
- 7. Bibliophobia – Fear Of Reading
- 8. Coulrophobia – Fear Of Clowns
- 9. Euphobia – Fear Of Hearing Good News
- 10. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear Of Long Words
- 11. Ombrophobia – Fear Of Rains
- 12. Linonophobia – Fear Of String
- 13. Arachibutyrophobia – Fear Of Peanut Butter Sticking To The Roof Of The Mouth
Some Weird And Unusual Phobias
1. Haphephobia – Fear Of Touch
Haptein is a Greek word that means to fasten. Whereas, Haptics is the English word for the science concerned with a sense of touch. Haphephobia is a rare phobia that involves the fear of touch or being touched. In this condition, the human touch can be very painful and overpowering. Sometimes the fear of touch can be gender specific. They are grouped under the class of specific phobias.
2. Omphalophobia – Fear Of Belly Buttons
As far as the rarest forms of phobias are concerned, we bet that omphalophobia will top the list. People with omphalophobia don’t want to see nor touch belly buttons, even on their own bodies. Don’t make fun of such individuals as the sufferers know how terrifying the phobia can be to them.
3. Somniphobia – Fear Of Falling Asleep
Somniphobia is an irrational and excessive fear of falling asleep. Usually people with this fear associate sleeping with dying. With some people, it may also happen from suffering repeated nightmares and feeling of lack of control. Some people with this fear feel they are losing their time while they sleep. We may have heard of sleep fanatics but there are also people who fear to sleep.
4. Xanthophobia – Fear Of Yellow Color
People with this phobia have a fear of anything that is yellow in color. They are even afraid of the sun, yellow colored flowers, and yellow paint. The extreme form of xanthophobia may include an overwhelming fear of the word yellow as well.
5. Triskaidekaphobia – Fear Of The Number 13
You might have heard of the superstition of Friday the 13th. Yeah based on that superstition some people also fear the number 13. The people with this phobia try to avoid using or doing anything related to this number. This fear gets so intense that many times architects build a building without creating a thirteenth floor.
6. Deipnophobia – Fear Of Dining
How many of you love to dine out or with your entire family? Most of us are happy with dining together. However, you will be amazed to hear about an unusual phobia – deipnophobia – where people are scared to dine together. Like most phobias, deipnophobia also stems from a traumatic incident in the past. It could be a horrible blind date or severe food poisoning case.
7. Bibliophobia – Fear Of Reading
Bibliophobia is an unusual phobia of reading books. It also refers to the fear of reading out loud or in public. There are various subtypes of this phobia wherein people fear legendary books (mythophobia), novels, poetry (metrophobia). You must expose such people with the goodness of reading and creativity of words that affect our daily lives. This is a much helpful therapy.
8. Coulrophobia – Fear Of Clowns
This is a phobia is usually observed in children. For many people, clowns are characters behind masks to entertain others with their silly jokes and funny costume. However, for a few clowns become a fear object. The hidden identity behind the masked faces might provoke the sensation of fear.
9. Euphobia – Fear Of Hearing Good News
Every one of us craves to hear good news all the time. But do you believe us if we say that there are people who have a fear of hearing the good news? You have to because there are such people. Euphobic people are unable to share someone else’s happiness or enjoy their own happiness.
10. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear Of Long Words
This phobia is often brought up at tender school-going age in children. When children find it difficult to pronounce long words and are being laughed at by the peers they develop this unusual phobia. This type of phobia can also be associated with genetic factors, anxiety, or brain function.
11. Ombrophobia – Fear Of Rains
The people who have an abnormal fear of rains are said to suffering from Ombrophobia or Pluviophobia. The term Ombrophobia originates from the Greek word ombros (storm of rain) and phobos (fear or aversion). It is thought to be occurred because of various reasons. This can be due to any negative past experience also.
12. Linonophobia – Fear Of String
Who doesn’t love crafts? But even a crafty person can get scared with the seemingly harmless string. This kind of phobia also stems from a traumatic experience in the past (like being tied up as a part of kidnapping or punishment, or from watching movies)
13. Arachibutyrophobia – Fear Of Peanut Butter Sticking To The Roof Of The Mouth
People suffering from Arachibutyrophobia aren’t actually afraid of the delicious peanut butter as an object. This is one of the unusual phobias where people have the fear of a situation of having it sticking to the roof of the mouth. It can be associated with pseudodysphagia (fear of choking).
By the look of the above unusual phobias, it is clear that phobias are an unrealistic, irrational, persistent and intense fear of certain objects or situation. They involve fear of various animals and insects, natural environments, medical procedures or instruments, social phobias, or any specific situations.
Proper medication and expert guidance can treat these phobias effectively. Don’t let these phobias interrupt your life. Speak with your doctor and evaluate the situation.
We hope you haven’t feared these fears!!
Don’t be afraid!! Stay brave!!
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She is pharmacist by education and working in field of medical content development for more than 8 years. She has execllent hold on medical content research and development and has produce valuable data for various pharmaceutical companies.