People fear a number of things, from a mere cockroach to weird objects. Anything that induces extreme and possibly irrational fear in a person is a phobia, although many weird phobias arise from a traumatic experience in one’s life.
Each one of us is afraid of something or the other, no matter how trivial or minute it may be, and this is regardless of any age group. There are some weird phobias that you might not have even heard of.
The Top Weird Phobias You Need to Know About
So here’s a list of some of the weirdest phobias you would be keen to know about!
1. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – fear of long words
So why should the fear of long words have a short name? Uncommon and rarely found, such a phobia is going to give a tough time to students. It would also affect a person’s daily functioning.
2. Somniphobia – fear of falling asleep
As much as you love sleeping, there are people out there who associate going to bed with dying. Somniphobes are scared of losing time while sleeping. In most cases, this is one of those weird phobias that is a consequence of repetitive nightmares.
3. Hylophobia – fear of trees
Sadly, not everyone can be nature lovers. Not just a walk near the trees, but the very thought of ‘woods’ can induce excessive fear. It arises from the idea of scary woods and forests in fairy tales that is seen during childhood and is carried henceforth.
4. Nomophobia – fear of being without mobile phone coverage
The phobia was discovered five years ago and researchers have found that more than fifty percent of the population in UK are suffering from it. Losing both network coverage and the mobile phone causes fear.
5. Turophobia – fear of cheese
Whether it’s mozzarella or cheddar, the sight of even a slice of cheese scares the sufferer. While some may suffer from one kind, most are afraid of a all types of cheese, even if they had to go past a plate consisting of it.
6. Pogonophobia – fear of beards
The term has been in use since the 1950s. Apparently, the presenter, Jeremy Paxman accused the BBC of suffering from Pogonophobia after the latter criticised him for presenting Newsnight with a beard.
7. Cynophobia – fear of dogs
It is indeed hard to believe that people are afraid of such adorable creatures. Street dogs induce most fear, if not for pets.
8. Plutophobia – fear of wealth
This was seriously unexpected. Who in this world would not want wealth? But there are always certain people who suffer from fear of receiving wealth that would lead to problems. At the same time, there are also few religions that do not promote accumulation of wealth.
9. Deipnophobia – fear of dining
There are a number of people who avoid going out for dinner parties or interacting with anybody at such places. They cannot be called introverts as Deipnophobia is on a whole different level.
10. Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
Sounds crazy right? Yes, people do fear the peanut butter getting stuck at the roof of their mouth although they love the butter’s mouth – watering taste.