What are you afraid of?
There are common fears that lots of people have (spiders, am I right?). Many people are afraid of closed places or have a fear of open spaces.
Then there are those people who have irrational fears of the most ordinary things. Imagine having a fear of ice cream, or a fear of the Dutch. Now imagine if these fears crippled your everyday life.
Here are 25 phobias you never knew existed.
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Allodoxaphobia is known as the fear of other people’s opinions.
If you have this fear, it’s probably best you don’t ask what someone is thinking.
Are you afraid of gravity? If so, then you are probably barophobic.
While the fear of gravity is a real phobia, we’re curious as to how someone would deal with this fear.
Thaasophobia is a fear of being idle or bored. If you can’t stand sitting still, you might suffer from this phobia.
There are probably plenty of adolescents in the world who will claim they have this.
Attention, students, we don’t condone using this fear to get out of homework or studying. People who have Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia have a fear of long words.
(We hope that no one was scared by reading this.)
Many people don’t like new things. Change can be difficult, after all.
If someone has the fear of new drugs or medication, this is called Neopharmaphobia.
A good example of this fear can be seen in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
Somebody with Oneirophobia has a fear of dreams.
You probably won’t see many people with this disorder wearing any midriff shirts.
If someone has Omphalophobia, they have a fear of belly buttons.
Don’t write letters to people who have Papyrophobia. People with this phobia have a fear of paper.
Thank goodness for audiobooks, right?
Beware the great mole rat. At least that’s what people who have Zeemmiphobia will probably tell you.
In all fairness, they would probably be creepy looking … if they existed. But although some species of mole rats do exist, it seems there is no such thing as the great mole rat.
Talk about irrational fears.
If you’re on the highway and behind a slow driver, don’t honk your horn.
The driver may have Tachophobia, which is a fear of speed or doing some activity too fast.
Sorry, Grandma and Grandpa. Maybe the reason your grandkids don’t want to give you a kiss is that they have Gerontophobia. (Hopefully, they’re not just being jerks.)
People who have this disorder suffer from a fear of old people due to the deeper fear of getting old themselves.
Are you afraid of meeting your in-laws to be? Then you may have Soceraphobia.
While many people are wary of meeting their in-laws, if this persists, you might have some relationship challenges down the line.
Okay, this has to be one of the worst fears to have.
Does that chocolate ice cream put you in full-time panic mode? You may have a fear of ice cream, also known as Pagotophobia.
Perhaps this is caused by a really bad case of “brain-freeze” while eating that creamy, frozen goodness.
Next time you call out sick from work, just tell your boss that your Hypegiaphobia is acting up.
If you suffer from this, which is highly unlikely, you suffer from a fear of responsibility.
Ephebiphobia is the fear or extreme dislike of teenagers. Yeah, some of them can be kinda scary, we guess.
We don’t know if someone gets this fear the day they turn 20, or if they were always afraid of teenagers … even if at one point they were one.
You can probably guess what this means.
If you have a fear of the Dutch or anything Dutch-related, then you have Dutchphobia. Watch out for those Heinekens.
It would be a bad idea to go see any comedy shows if you have this disorder.
If you have a fear of laughing, then you either have Geliophobia, or you are incredibly uptight.
You may see people with this phobia always looking down … and perhaps bumping into things.
If somebody has Anablephobia, they have a fear of looking up.
Put down those Sour Patch Kids if you have Acerophobia because people who have this disorder are afraid of anything sour.
We can’t think of a worse phobia than this one. But there are more …
These types will keep away from anything that can be blown into a bubble. For instance, they will avoid soap bubbles and even bubble gum.
Someone with Ebulliophobia probably can’t deal with the scene from The Wizard of Oz when Glenda the good witch appears in a giant bubble.
Thermophobia is a fear of hot things.
If you are a thermophobe, you will most likely avoid hot soups, coffee, hot chocolate, and hot baths/showers.
If you have a fear of plants, you either saw Little Shop of Horrors and can’t get over it, or you have a case of Botanophobia.
Even thinking about plants can make someone with Botanophobia extremely anxious.
If someone has cacophobia, they have a fear of things that are ugly.
Since beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it’s hard to say what will get them to panic.
Do you find it scary to talk to beautiful women? If so, there is a slight chance you have Caligynephobia, also called Gynephobia.
Don’t worry, this fear is probably cured by the right phone number from a beautiful woman.
You won’t find people who have Consecotaleophobia eating sushi, or hanging out in any Asian restaurants.
Consecotaleophobia is an irrational fear of chopsticks. A person with this phobia may feel highly anxious in the presence of chopsticks.