We all have one kind of phobia or the other. Some of us have common phobias like a phobia of heights or phobia of spiders, but some people have such weird phobias that you might have never heard about them. Here are the top 15 types of weirdest phobias that you did not know existed.
A hippopoto-monstro-sesquipped-alio phobia is the phobia of long and complicated words. People who have this phobia come under sudden and severe stress when trying to read or write a word with long and complicated spelling. The person who named this phobia is certainly having the last laugh here.
Phobophobia is the Phobia of phobias. Phobophobics tend to develop a fear of the sensations that accompany any phobia and anxiety. People with this phobia are prone to panic attacks and other anxiety disorders.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number ‘666’. This phobia is often associated with religious belief and superstition. But whatever the reason for this phobia may be, it does not change the fact that this is one of the weirdest phobias there is. People with this phobia are struck with high anxiety levels upon seeing the number ‘666’, which is considered as ‘the devil’s number’ by many.
Nomophobia is the fear of not having access to a mobile phone. People having this phobia panic when they do not have their phones with them or when the battery of their device is low. Nomophobia causes people a strong urge to check their cell phones all the time.
Anthophobia is the fear of flowers. Anthophobic people experience extreme levels of fright when they see flowers. The severity of this phobia varies from person to person. Some anthophobic people may be able to stand a small number of flowers, while others may not be able to stand even one.
Somniphobia is the fear of falling asleep. People having somniphobia experience high-stress levels at the thought of going to bed. This phobia is also called sleep-anxiety and sleep-dread. Somniphobic propels associate sleep with their worst fears like never being able to wake up again or losing control of their body.
Ablutophobia is the phobia of bathing. Ablutophobic people show alarming distress on the thought of bathing or cleaning themselves. This is as gross as it sounds, people with this phobia do not shower for weeks at a time, resulting in a foul body odor, which in some cases can even lead to subsequent social isolation.
Geliophobia is the fear of laughter or of being laughed at. People coping with this phobia may find jokes, puns, or comical situations an extreme source of anxiety. This phobia is usually a result of an embarrassing incident associated with laughter that they may have experienced at some point in their life.
Caligynephobia is the fear of beautiful women. People who have this phobia tend to show peeked panic levels when trying to interact with a beautiful woman. Caligynephobic people stutter, mispronounce, and are sometimes unable to form coherent sentences while conversing with an attractive woman.
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of one’s mouth. In some people, the severity of this phobia is so much that they refuse to eat peanut butter altogether and do not even sit on the same table with people who are eating it.
Omphalophobia is the phobia associated with belly buttons. People having this phobia are terrified of belly buttons. Sufferers avoid touching their bellybuttons and sometimes their whole torso. This phobia can cause nausea, shaking, and vomiting at the sight of belly buttons.
Optophobia is the fear of opening one’s eyes. People suffering from this phobia prefer to stay indoors and in very dimly lit spaces. This phobia is closely related to generalized anxiety disorder and is a result of some traumatizing accidents that one might have experienced in its life.
Pogonophobia is the phobia of beards. People with pogonophobia avoid looking at and talking to bearded people. They never make friends with bearded people, and some even avoid looking at pictures of any person with a beard.
Aibohphobia is the fear of palindromes, aka of the words that are spelled the same backward as they are forward. Ironically, the word aibohphobia is a palindrome in itself. People with this phobia avoid spelling and reading palindromes.
Vestiphobia is the irrational fear of clothing. In some people, it might be for a specific item of clothing, and in some cases, it is for all the cloth items. People with this phobia prefer loose clothing, and when possible, no clothing at all.