Funny Phobias

@Chryssi (828)
United States
May 4, 2007 1:44pm CST
Most of the people in the world have a fear of one kind or another. While most people suffer from pathophobia (fear of disease), monophobia (fear of being alone), glassophobia (fear of speaking), algophobia (fear of pain), taphephobia (fear of being buried alive), and many more, there are also some less popular phobias. There are many people in the world who suffer from polyphobia, which simply means to have more than one fear. Not so common, people may suffer from antinomial phobias, for example: there are some people who live with vestiophobia (fear of clothes) and gymnophobia (fear of nudity). Another example is achluophobia (fear of darkness) and photophobia (fear of light). The newest phobia in existance today is called cyberphobia (fear of computers). In mild cases, people may be afraid to use a computer or an ATM. Phobias can deeply impact a person's life. A person with chaetophobia (fear of hair) will most likely be bald, have no eyelashes, no eyebrows, etc. A person with cibophobia (fear of food) usually hasn't eaten in weeks, and could easily be anorexic. Not to be unsympathetic, but I still find it hilarious, though, that these phobias exist, especially since someone must have experienced these fears so that they could be valid phobias. Below is a list of fears that I find amusing. Ablutophobia ~ fear of washing or bathing. Aerophobia ~ fear of swallowing air. Ambulophobia ~ fear of walking. Anemophobia ~ fear of wind. Anthrophobia ~ fear of flowers. Arachibutyrophobia ~ fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Arithmophobia ~ fear of numbers. Aulophobia ~ fear of flutes. Auroraphobia ~ fear of the Northern Lights. Barophobia ~ fear of gravity. Batophobia ~ fear of being close to high buildings. Bibliophobia ~ fear of books. Blennophobia ~ fear of slime. Bogyphobia ~ fear of the bogyman. Cathisophobia ~ fear of sitting. Catoptrophobia ~ fear of mirrors. Chionophobia ~ fear of snow. Chromatophobia ~ fear of colors. Clinophobia ~ fear of going to bed. Cnidophobia ~ fear of string. Dendrophobia ~ fear of trees. Didaskaleinophobia ~ fear of school. Eleutherophobia ~ fear of freedom. Eosophobia ~ fear of daylight. Epistemophobia ~ fear of knowledge. Geliophobia ~ fear of laughter. Geniophobia ~ fear of chins. Genuphobia ~ fear of knees. Graphophobia ~ fear of writing. Heliophobia ~ fear of the sun. Helmintophobia ~ fear of being infested with worms. Hemophobia ~ fear of blood. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia ~ fear of long words. (how cruel lol) Homichlophobia ~ fear of fog. Hypnophobia ~ fear of sleep. Ichthyophobia ~ fear of fish. Ideophobia ~ fear of ideas. Kainophobia ~ fear of anything new. Lachanophobia ~ fear of vegetables. Nephophobia ~ fear of clouds. Namatophobia ~ fear of names. Octophobia ~ fear of the number 8. Ommetaphobia ~ fear of eyes. Oneirophobia ~ fear of dreams. Ophtalmophobia ~ fear of opening one's eyes. Ostraconophobia ~ fear of shellfish. Panophobia ~ fear of everything. Selenophobia ~ fear of the moon. Siderophobia ~ fear of stars. Triskadekaphobia ~ fear of the number 13. Verbophobia ~ fear of words.
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4 responses
@amydawn11 (906)
• Canada
5 May 07
LOl, this made me laugh, my favorite was fear of long words, that was hilarious...LMAO
@Chryssi (828)
• United States
5 May 07
lol.. Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for responding. =)
• United States
4 May 07
That is quite a collection you listed. Even though I may not be bothered by them, they are very real to others, for a very deep reason. I don't find them funny, just sad that they take over someone's life.
@Chryssi (828)
• United States
5 May 07
Yes, they are very real. It's just hard to believe that they're valid phobias, and it's not "haha" funny, it's just ironic, more or less.
@prestocaro (1253)
• United States
4 May 07
What a great list! I have a fear of bridges that is pretty bad. I get sweaty and anxious around them. When I'm in the car and I go over one, I always have one hand on the door handle to pop it open should the bridge collapse. The weirdest part is i've never had a really bad experience falling from a bridge or anything.
@Chryssi (828)
• United States
4 May 07
This fear is surprisingly common. Many people who have no other fears or phobias freeze up when it comes to driving on bridges, even when they, themselves are not afraid of heights. Quite simply, your brain has learned to associate anxiety with bridges, and even if you think it's "irrational", your unconscious mind still provides you with a fear response.
• United States
4 May 07
this is very intersting that some of things actually exist!! If you have ever watched the maury show some people had phobias of things like foil, paper, grapes and other very obscure things thanks for sharing all this info!!!
@Chryssi (828)
• United States
4 May 07
You're very welcome, and yes, I have watched the Maury show. The one with the fear of aluminum foil (which has no offical name) is the most memorable one to me. Thank you for responding, and have a great day.