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Weird Phobias

Weird Phobias
Want to know about some weird phobias and check if you suffer from any of them? Well, this story is just the place to be.
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Apr 3, 2019
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? 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 story.
Fear of water
Ablutophobia: This is a fear of washing oneself or having a bath.
Ashamed girl applying for a job
Allodoxaphobia: People with this phobia have a fear of opinions. So keep yours to yourself if you want to avoid upsetting them.
What is going up there
Anablephobia: Are you afraid of looking up? You suffer from anablephobia.
Frightened Young Man Staring at Pair of Ducks
Anatidaephobia: This one's really interesting. Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by ducks!
He's Still Out There
Anthropophobia: You might term some people as anti-social. What you may not know is that they might be suffering from anthropophobia, which is a fear of people.
Young woman recalls painful story in front of friend
Arachibutyrophobia: For all you peanut butter lovers out there. If you're constantly worried about the butter sticking to the roof of your mouth, then you suffer from arachibutyrophobia.
Teenage Girl Using Phone As She Feels Intimidated
Basiphobia: A fear of standing or walking around is called basiphobia.

Botanophobia: As the name suggests, this is a fear of something to do with botany. It is a fear of houseplants.
Cacophobia: 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.

Cathisophobia/Thaasophobia: An exact opposite of basiphobia, this is a fear of, get this, sitting! Seriously? How on earth do they manage to live without sitting?
Shocked to see the mirror image
Catoptrophobia: A fear of mirrors is called catoptrophobia.
Monochrome image of frightened Asian girl with her teddy bear
Chromophobia: Here's a really weird one. This is a condition in which people are afraid of bright colors!
Woman with the alarm clock
Chronophobia: This weird phobia is a fear of time. How does that happen?
Haunted House
Domatophobia: Simply put, this is a fear of houses. Where do they live then?
Weird phobias
Ephebiphobia: Every parent must have experienced this at least once. It is the fear of teenagers!
Ereuthrophobia: Erm... Ereuthrophobia is a fear of blushing. What???

Euphobia: Stranger and stranger, this one's a fear of coming across good news!
Shock and awe
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: This long word is actually a fear of the same. Fear of what? Fear of long words, of course, is known as hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.
fear of phobias
Geniophobia: Boy this is getting weirder and weirder. Geniophobia is a phobia of chins. What do they do with the one they have?
Genuphobia: 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.

Koumpounophobia: Another unusual thing to be afraid of: buttons on clothing.
Leukophobia: This is the fear of anything that is of the color white.

Linonophobia: If you thought those were weird, here's one more. This is the fear of string. Yes, you read that right, string!
Bad dream
Mnemophobia: If you're too afraid to remember things, then you might have mnemophobia. It is a fear of memories.
Nostophobia: 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.

Octophobia: This one's a no-brainer. Yes, it's a fear of the number 8!

Onomatophobia: If you cringe at the mention of certain names, words or sounds, then you probably have onomatophobia, a fear of certain words or names.
Woman Peeking Through Her Hands
Optophobia: Someone with this phobia will probably never read this. Why? Because it is a fear of opening one's eyes.
Scared Looking Boy Sitting on Stairs
Pantophobia: A fear of everything, that's right, everything is called pantophobia.
Phagophobia: This is quite a serious phobia to have. It is a fear of swallowing. It could lead to many health-related problems.

Phobophobia: This one definitely takes the cake. What is it? It is a fear of phobias!
Wizard walking in Forrest
Philophobia: A fear of love.
Scriptophobia: A fear of public speaking is what we have heard of, but a fear of writing in public? That's what scriptophobia is.

Xenoglossophobia: 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!