25 Ridiculously Unreasonable Fears

Posted by , Updated on May 31, 2014

While some phobias are actually quite useful and probably aided humanity in its survival there are others where it can really be hard to see the usefulness or purpose behind them. From ebulliophobia (the fear of bubbles) to lepidopterophobia (the fear of butterflies) these 25 ridiculously unreasonable fears are hard to justify.

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Fear of opening closets

Fear of opening closets

Not exactly a word used in everyday conversation, the technical term for this fear is auchloclaustrophobia.

24

Fear of sleeping in the dark

Fear of opening eyes when trying to sleep

Apparently, according to various studies, nyctophobia affects more adults than one would think.

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Fear of swimming in dark, murky water

Fear of swimming in dark, murky water

Although there is no medical term for this fear it is probably one of the most common fears in the world and to be honest probably doesn’t even belong on this list. If you think about it, being afraid of dark, murky water is actually quite reasonable and probably useful for survival.

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Fear of dentists

Fear of dentists

As common as it is this fear doesn’t come with a cool name. It’s just plain old dental phobia.

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Fear of butterflies

Fear of butterflies

While arachnophobia (fear of spiders) makes sense to most people, lepidopterophobia (fear of butterflies) is a bit more questionable.


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Fear of fire escapes

Fear of fire escapes

Probably related to being afraid of heights it should go without saying that this is not a good fear to have.

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Fear of standing on glass flooring

Fear of standing on glass flooring

Another fear related to acrophobia (fear of heights), standing on glass flooring high above the city streets can give some people white knuckles.

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Fear of women

Fear of beautiful women

Known as gynophobia its counterpart (fear of men) is called androphobia.

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Fear of living in a ground floor flat

Fear of living in a ground floor flat

It may come as a surprise but there are actually several phobias that contribute to having a fear of living on the ground floor. Everything from claustrophobia (due to fearing a building collapse) to agoraphobia (fear of all the people passing by) can be factors.

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Fear of the color purple

Fear of the color purple

If any of your friends are terrified of the color purple make sure to let them know they’re not alone. It’s called porphyrophobia.

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Fear of sharks and whale’s tails

Fear of sharks and whale’s tails

Known as galeophobia this is another one of those fears that really isn’t that unreasonable and is actually probably quite healthy.

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Fear of being out of mobile phone coverage

Fear of being out of mobile phone coverage

Yes, it’s a real fear with a real name – nomophobia.

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Fear of showers

Fear of closed shower curtains

Probably not the best fear to have in terms of hygiene, ablutophobia could probably cost you some friends.

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Fear of cockroaches

Fear of cockroaches

Of course, to someone with katsaridaphobia this fear might be quite reasonable and who are we to argue? Those little monsters have managed to live through nearly every major catastrophe to befall the planet since the beginning of time. That’s terrifying.

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Fear of walking down stairs

Fear of walking down stairs

Another fear related to acrophobia (fear of heights) if you have this phobia you had better check the building for elevators (and hope you don’t have claustrophobia). Otherwise you’ll probably just have to walk down backwards.

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Fear of bubbles

Fear of bubbles

Ebulliophobia, it’s one of the fears you’ll probably definitely get made fun of for.

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Fear of large sewer rat in the toilet

Fear of large sewer rat in the toilet

While there’s no official name for this fear (toilet rat phobia?) a quick google search will confirm that it is actually quite common.

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Fear of open spaces and crowds

Fear of open spaces and crowds

Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces or large crowds. In some way though it is possible to see the anxiety related factors affecting this phobia.

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Terrified of driving or walking under bridges

Terrified of driving or walking under bridges

Gephyrophobia is an unreasonable fear or anxiety induced by bridges.

6

Fear of death

Fear of dying and contracting incurable diseases

While you might think to yourself “how is that an unreasonable fear?” if you consider the fact that death is an inevitable part of life it is easier to see why fearing death may be a bit unreasonable.

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Fear of spontaneously combusting

Fear of spontaneously combusting

Probably one of the most unreasonable fears on this list, there isn’t even one scientifically confirmed case of spontaneous combustion in human history.

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Fear of thinking out loud

Fear of thinking out loud

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie but it’s real and some people really believe it.

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Fear of physical deformity

Fear of physical deformity

If you are a professional boxer, football player, or contortionist, this fear may not be that unreasonable. For the rest of us though, its usefulness is questionable.

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Fear of bumps on the body

Constantly monitoring the body for lumps

Probably a form of hypochondria (constant anxiety about your health), this fear may actually be useful when it comes to catching cancers and other diseases but it can also lead to a lot of undue stress.

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Fear of stepping inside an elevator

Fear of stepping inside an elevator

Whether it stems from claustrophobia, acrophobia, or any number of other phobias, there are a lot of ways to be afraid of elevators. But really, how often do you hear about people meeting their demise because of an unfortunate elevator incident?

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