Phobia ABC’s – A List of 50 Weird Things People Are Afraid of

scared young boyClinical psychology defines a phobia as a persistent and usually irrational fear of a specific object or scenario, often disproportional to the actual danger posed. People will go to great lengths to avoid their phobias, but when an encounter is unavoidable, sufferers typically endure the event with acute distress.

Some phobias are very common. For example, many people exhibit a fear of heights or a fear of small enclosed spaces. Other phobias though, might be a bit more….err….”unique.”

Consider our alphabetized list of weird phobias below:

 

[showmyads] 1. Anablephobia – Fear of looking up

2. Arachibutyrophobia – Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth

 

3. Barophobia – Fear of gravity

 

4. Chrometophobia – Fear of money

5. Chirophobia – Fear of hands

6. Chromatophobia – Fear of colors

7. Cibophobia – Fear of food

8. Clinophobia – Fear of going to bed

 

9. Defecaloesiophobia – Fear of painful bowels movements

10. Dendrophobia – Fear of trees

11. Dipsophobia – Fear of drinking

 

12. Eleutherophobia – Fear of freedom

13. Epistemophobia – Fear of knowledge

14. Euphobia – Fear of hearing good news

 

15. Francophobia – Fear of France or French culture

16. Frigophobia – Fear of cold things

 

17. Geniophobia – Fear of chins

18. Genuphobia – Fear of knees

 

19. Hedonophobia – Fear of feeling pleasure

20. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – Fear of long words

 

21. Ideophobia – Fear of ideas

22. Ithyphallophobia – Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis

 

23. Japanophobia – Fear of Japanese.

24. Judeophobia – Fear of Jews

 

25. Koinoniphobia – Fear of rooms

26. Kyphophobia – Fear of stooping

 

27. Linonophobia – Fear of string

 

28. Megalophobia – Fear of large things

29. Microphobia – Fear of small things

 

30. Neophobia – Fear of anything new

31. Nomatophobia – Fear of names

32. Numerophobia – Fear of numbers

 

33. Ombrophobia – Fear of rain or of being rained on

34. Omphalophobia – Fear of belly buttons

35. Optophobia – Fear of opening one’s eyes

 

36. Pedophobia – Fear of children

37. Peladophobia – Fear of becoming bald and fear of being around bald people

38. Phagophobia – Fear of swallowing

39. Phobophobia – Fear of phobias

 

40. Rectophobia – fear of rectums

41. Russophobia – Fear of Russians

 

42. Selenophobia – Fear of the moon

43. Somniphobia – Fear of sleep

44. Sophophobia – Fear of learning

 

45. Telephonophobia – Fear of telephones

46. Thaasophobia – Fear of sitting

 

47. Urophobia – Fear of urine or urinating

 

48. Verbophobia – Fear of words

 

49. Xanthophobia – Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow

 

50. Zelophobia – Fear of jealousy

 

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