25 Surprisingly Real Phobias That Actually Exist

The world is a scary place, and while we all have different things that we’re afraid of, when that fear induces extreme panic, it’s known as a phobia. Some phobias are actually quite understandable and have even aided humans in our survival. Then, there are others that seem strange or even unreasonable. From ebulliophobia (the fear of bubbles) to lepidopterophobia (the fear of butterflies), here are 25 Surprisingly Real Phobias That Actually Exist.

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Fear of Opening Closets


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


Fear of Sleeping in the Dark


According to various studies, nyctophobia affects more adults than one would think. If you are affected, be sure to buy a nightlight!


Fear of Long Words


Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the ironic name for the fear of long words. The only time I can see this coming into play is during a spelling bee.


Fear of Dentists


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


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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