There are people with phobias and then there are people with weird phobias. You'll all agree that while some phobias like a phobia of heights (acrophobia) or a fear of water (antlophobia) seem quite reasonable, there are some that are truly bizarre. For instance, the fear of talking on the telephone is called telephobia! Did you ever imagine that such a phobia even existed? Well it does. And the fact that it actually has a name means a lot, doesn't it? In this article, we at PsycholoGenie have tried to compile a list of some really weird phobias and their meanings. Read on and get amazed at the things that people are afraid of. You never know, you might find a name for a nagging fear that you have.
Some Unusual Phobias
Before we go on to the list of funny and unusual phobias, let us make it very clear that the content given here is in no way intended to make the reader feel ashamed or to distress someone suffering from the phobia. While it may not be a totally complete list, we have tried to include as many phobias as possible in this article.
Crudely put, this is a phobia of ugliness. So if you see someone reacting weirdly to something that is unpleasant to look at, then they might be suffering from this phobia.
An exact opposite of basiphobia, this is a fear of, get this, sitting! Seriously? How on earth do they manage to live without sitting?
Every parent must have experienced this at least once. It is the fear of teenagers!
Erm... Ereuthrophobia is a fear of blushing. What???
Stranger and stranger, this one's a fear of coming across good news!
This is a condition in which people are afraid of knees. Hence, they avoid short clothes and also places where people might expose their knees.
Another unusual thing to be afraid of: buttons on clothing.
This is the fear of anything that is of the color white.
If you thought those were weird, here's one more. This is the fear of string. Yes, you read that right, string!
I guess we all have or had this at some point in time, especially when we've done something wrong. It is a fear of returning home.
This one's a no-brainer. Yes, it's a fear of the number 8! Weird, huh?
If you cringe at the mention of certain names, words or sounds, then you probably have onomatophobia, a fear of certain words or names.
This is quite a serious phobia to have. It is a fear of swallowing. It could lead to many health-related problems.
A fear of public speaking is what I've heard of, but a fear of writing in public? That's what scriptophobia is.
Many people may have this phobia to some level. It is a fear of foreign languages.
Phew! Who knew so many weird phobias existed, right? Nevertheless, at least now we know that there are people who have phobias that are just as weird as the ones we have. What a relief!