13 More Bizarre Human Phobias

13 More Bizarre Human Phobias

Alka Sharma
Alka Sharma
Scribol Staff
Anthropology and History, March 04, 2011

As a follow-up to our list on 10 Bizarre Human Phobias, we decided to bring you thirteen more! phobiaPhoto: Spray EZ Do you have a fear of events that are being organized in enclosed places? Do you dislike horses, bats, dogs, insects or cats? Having an extreme fear of something indicates that you are suffering from a phobia of some kind. Phobias are a common form of anxiety disorder. Phobic people suffer an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, animals or people. Let’s find out a little more about some of the most bizarre and unusual human phobias. 1. Paraskavedekatriaphobia Friday the 13thPhoto: W.J.Pilsak Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. If a month starts on a Sunday, the thirteenth day will be a Friday. According to an old superstition, 13 is an irregular, unlucky and incomplete number. Therefore Friday the 13th is the ‘day of bad luck’. In the USA alone, about 20 million people suffer from this fear, and they usually avoid their normal routine on this day. This year the month of May will have a Friday the 13th. 12. Taphophobia buried alivePhoto: hodgers An irrational fear of being buried alive is called taphophobia. There have been many legends and numerous real cases of people being buried alive by accident. For a taphophobic person, a ‘safety coffin’ is the best solution. Designed by Count Karnice-Kacrnicki, the coffin is a mechanism to prevent ‘premature burial’. It is equipped with all possible safety arrangements, which allow the occupant to signal in case he or she has been buried alive. So, if you are taphophobic, make sure you get one! 11. Hellenologophobia Broadside_equationsPhoto: Jugandi A phobia of Greek terms or scientific terminology is called hellenologophobia. There are many people who will break out in a sweat when they see complex words with scientific meaning. I found it very strange that a Google search for a list of phobias returns results with long lists of complex, scientific words, mostly derived from Greek. How could someone explain that they are suffering from this phobia, which is quite a scientific term in itself?! 10. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia longest wordPhoto: foggyimage Do you know what the the longest word in the word? Is it ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’ or the similarly long ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’? A fear of long words is known as hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, which itself is a very long word! People with this problem will avoid reading anything that might contain a long word. 9. Pteronophobia FeatherPhoto: MichaelMaggs Are you afraid of being tickled by feathers? Pteronophobia is a phobia associated with this unwarranted fear. Thus person who is pteronophobic may experience a feeling of terror and dread at the thought of tickly feathers. According to listphobias.com, Pteronophobia is usually caused by an intense negative experience from the past and results in similarly negative emotions. 8. Decidophobia Making decisionPhoto: Dyfsunctional Life is full of choices, and the decisions we make are based on them. But some people often suffer from an overwhelming fear of making serious decisions. This common phobia is termed as decidophobia, whereby the person fears making the wrong decisions. 7. Barophobia BarophobiaPhoto: NASA A barophobic person often experiences an emotional turmoil associated with gravity. They fear that gravity could fail anytime and that everyone will simply float away. They often feel out of control. This is perhaps because the person has suffered a traumatic event at some point in their life. 6. Symmetrophobia symmetryPhoto: Fg2 Symmetrophobia is an exaggerated fear or dislike of symmetry, whereby the person avoids even the mere sight of symmetrical objects. The symmetrophobic person often suffers from rapid heartbeat and high anxiety in such situations as well as obsessive compulsive disorder. Asymmetrophobia is the opposite kind of phobia, in which the person fears asymmetrical things. Both these phobias seem hard to explain, and living with either of them would seem to be very difficult. 5. Spectrophobia shattered-mirrorPhoto: Mikhail Evstafiev If you suffer from spectrophobia, looking in a mirror is quite a horrible experience for you. You will end up in a panic when seeing your reflection. This phobia also causes the sufferer to have problems even when they are not directly in front of a mirror. It is also associated with the fear of self-knowledge. 4. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia HexakosioihexekontahexaphobiaPhoto: Oxoc Like the number 13, the number 666 is also considered unlucky. This common phobia is another type of delusional disorder. The number 666 appears in the King James version of the Bible as the ‘Number of the Beast’. This would seem to be the origin of this phobia. According to About.com, people with this phobia often ruminate on the number in daily life. 3. Chrematophobia moneyPhoto: epSos.de Many of us spend most of our lives trying to earn money. But a chrematophobic person feels that there is no reason to run after money. For them, money is not what matters and so they feel very negative about it. This fear greatly affects their sense of justice and they always feel that people all around them are greedy. Even if they are born to a rich family, they often choose to live a frugal life. 2. Megalophobia Over sizePhoto: Omer Wazir Fear of gigantic objects is known as megalophobia, which is mostly connected to objects that are capable of moving. Many people fear large, moving bodies such as huge ships and giant animals. Sometimes the sufferers also fear large buildings and statues, and often show symptoms of dizziness and rapid breathing. 1. Automatonophobia puppetPhoto: Richard Schofield Another very strange phobia, in which person has a fear of wax figures, ventriloquist’s dummies or ugly-looking dolls designed to represent humans. The sufferer often has nightmares about these human-like dummies chasing them and killing them. I think this is enough said on various strange phobias. But, remember there is a huge difference between plain fears and phobias, and they always vary in severity among different individuals. A person can develop a phobia of anything: mushrooms, clocks, mother-in-laws, height, grass, peanut butter; even a phobia of having a phobia, which is phobophobia. How strange! So what are you most afraid of? Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

 

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