Common fears include heights, spiders, and small places. These fears seem justified and easy to understand.
However, there are a few uncommon sources of terror that actually appear more comedic than threatening.
Take a look at 10 of the most interesting phobias.
10) Chrometophobia: Fear of money
Victims suffer extreme anxiety in regard to money. They fret over their relationship with it, the possibility of it being mishandled and even money’s reputation to corrupt the soul. This may seem ridiculous considering the fact that we all need some amount of money to live. However, if you’ve ever had more “month at the end of the money” you can understand why a bit of anxiety could surround one’s perception of wealth.
9) Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
I absolutely adore peanut butter. So to imagine someone in a state of paralysis over it sticking to the top of their mouth seems a bit extreme. However, for many people the gooeyness of peanut butter is unbearable. Just think to scare someone all you have to do is whip out a good ole PB&J sandwich.
8) Papyrophobia: Fear of paper
It is hard to understand how you can have this fear and possibly get through school or let alone hold down a job. Paper is everywhere. Some sufferers affected by Papyrophobia fear a clean sheet of paper, while others cringe at the site of a crumpled manuscript and even wet paper. Others note the size of the paper as important, while some fear the ripping of paper.
7) Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables
Every kid on the planet would claim lachanophobia—if they could pronounce it. It may be hard to believe, but there are people that the very glimpse of a veggie causes shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, nausea, sweating and deep anxiety.
6) Linonophobia: Fear of string
Individuals coping with linonophobia are impacted by an acute fear of strings. This phobia can be associated with a fear of being restrained or restricted. Sufferers usually have no problems wearing clothes, but prefer shoes without laces.
5) Anemophobia: Fear of wind
Adventure films like Twister and The Wizard of Oz may unfold like horror movies to Anemophobes. Individuals living with this phobia suffer from an intense fear of gusty winds.
4) Ablutophobia: Fear of washing or bathing
You can thank Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho for this one. Many horror film fans claim to have developed a fear of showering after seeing the film. However, even today this phobia is still very real. Like most severe phobias, ablutophobia is often linked to a traumatic past event.
3) Arithmophobia: Fear of numbers
This acute fear of numbers brings about nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, speedy breathing and a general feeling of dread when facing and utilizing numbers.
2) Ambulophobia: Fear of walking
A fear of walking may be linked to a fear of losing control. An ambulophobe believes that mobility may contribute to hurt or injury. For example, due to a temporary or long-term case of vertigo, a sufferer may find it safer when sitting or lying down. They may develop a sensation of falling when they try to stand or walk.
1) Logophobia: Fear of words
Individuals coping with logophobia, struggle to overcome a fear of words. This can also include symbols. A documentary filmmaker created a film affectionately called The S From Hell about the scariest corporate symbol in history: The 1964 Screen Gems logo. The documentary focused on interviews with victims all still traumatized from viewing the logo after shows like Bewitched.
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