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Unusual phobias - Jonnyjonny_uk - 05-10-2008 04:53 PM

[center]As the title suggests the following list of phobias are pretty unusual but if you know of any others or know of anyone that suffers from an unusual phobia please list it here and I will add it to the list. These are not neccesarily recognised phobias but just what some people have a fear of so if you know of someone that has an unusual fear and have a story to tell let us know and I will publish it here[/center]

[center]Unusual Phobias

[goto=1]Animals, skins of or fur — Doraphobia[/goto]
[goto=2]Bald people — Peladophobia[/goto]
[goto=3]Bathing — Ablutophobia[/goto]
[goto=4]Beds or going to bed — Clinophobia[/goto]
[goto=5]Body, things to the left side of the body — Levophobia[/goto]
[goto=6]Body, things to the right side of the body — Dextrophobia[/goto]
[goto=7]Bowel movements: painful — Defecaloesiophobia[/goto]
[goto=8]Chickens — Alektorophobia[/goto]
[goto=9]Chins — Geniophobia[/goto]
[goto=10]Chopsticks — Consecotaleophobia[/goto]
[goto=11]Cooking — Mageirocophobia[/goto]
[goto=12]Crossing streets — Agyrophobia or Dromophobia[/goto]
[goto=13]Decisions: making decisions — Decidophobia[/goto]
[goto=14]Demons — Demonophobia or Daemonophobia[/goto]
[goto=15]Dining or dinner conversations — Deipnophobia[/goto]
[goto=16]Disease, rectal - Rectophobia[/goto]
[goto=17]Dolls — Pediophobia[/goto]
[goto=18]Duty or responsibility, neglecting — Paralipophobia[/goto]
[goto=19]Eating or swallowing or of being eaten — Phagophobia[/goto]
[goto=68]End of video tapes[/goto]
[goto=20]Fearful situations: being preferred by a phobic — Counterphobia[/goto]
[goto=21]Fecal matter, feces — Coprophobia or Scatophobia[/goto]
[goto=22]Freedom — Eleutherophobia[/goto]
[goto=23]Friday the 13th — Paraskavedekatriaphobia[/goto]
[goto=24]Garlic — Alliumphobia[/goto]
[goto=25]Gravity — Barophobia[/goto]
[goto=63]Hair in food[/goto]
[goto=26]Houses or being in a house — Domatophobia[/goto]
[goto=27]Ideas — Ideophobia[/goto]
[goto=28]Infinity — Apeirophobia[/goto]
[goto=29]Kissing — Philemaphobia or Philematophobia[/goto]
[goto=30]Light — Photophobia[/goto]
[goto=31]Looking up — Anablephobia or Anablepophobia[/goto]
[goto=32]Love, falling or being in - Philophobia[/goto]
[goto=33]Mirrors or seeing oneself in a mirror — Eisoptrophobia[/goto]
[goto=34]Money — Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia[/goto]
[goto=35]Mother-in-law — Pentheraphobia[/goto]
[goto=36]Names — Nomatophobia[/goto]
[goto=37]Nosebleeds — Epistaxiophobia[/goto]
[goto=38]Numbers — Arithmophobia or Numerophobia[/goto]
[goto=39]Opinions — Allodoxaphobia[/goto]
[goto=40]Peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth — Arachibutyrophobia[/goto]
[goto=41]Phobias — Phobophobia[/goto]
[goto=42]Politicians — Politicophobia[/goto]
[goto=43]Relatives — Syngenesophobia[/goto]
[goto=70]Religion - Theophobia[/goto]
[goto=44]Self, being touched — Aphenphosmphobia[/goto]
[goto=65]Ships - Fear of Ships[/goto]
[goto=45]Sitting — Cathisophobia or Thaasophobia[/goto]
[goto=46]Sleep — Somniphobia[/goto]
[goto=47]Snow — Chionophobia[/goto]
[goto=48]Sounds — Acousticophobia[/goto]
[goto=49]Speaking — Laliophobia or Lalophobia[/goto]
[goto=50]String — Linonophobia[/goto]
[goto=51]Teeth — Odontophobia[/goto]
[goto=69]Textures - Phobia of textures[/goto]
[goto=52]Thinking — Phronemophobia[/goto]
[goto=61]Ticking noises[/goto]
[goto=53]Tickled by feathers or feathers — Pteronophobia[/goto]
[goto=54]Ugliness — Cacophobia[/goto]
[goto=55]Urine or urinating — Urophobia[/goto]
[goto=56]Ventriloquist’s dummy — Automatonophobia[/goto]
[goto=66]Water Towers - Fear of Water Towers[/goto]
[goto=67]Windmills - Fear of Windmills[/goto]
[goto=57]Witches and Witchcraft — Wiccaphobia[/goto]
[goto=58]Words — Logophobia or Verbophobia[/goto]
[goto=59]Words, long — Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia or Sesquipedalophobia[/goto]
[goto=60]Work — Ergophobia or Ponophobia[/goto]

[anchor=1]Animals, skins of or fur — Doraphobia[/anchor]
An abnormal and persistent fear of fur. Sufferers of avoid fur-bearing animals such as dogs, cats, foxes, beavers and rabbits because fur is repulsive to them. Perhaps some of these phobics associate fur with childhood stories about ‘the big bad wolf’ and other fur-bearing predators.

[anchor=2]Bald people — Peladophobia[/anchor]
The irrational fear of becoming bald or fear of being around bald people.

[anchor=3]Bathing — Ablutophobia[/anchor]
Fear of bathing, washing and cleaning, more common with children and women than males. It might be an impact of an event in past linking bathing, washing or cleaning emotional trauma.

[anchor=4]Beds or going to bed — Clinophobia[/anchor]
An abnormal and persistent fear of going to bed. Sufferers experience anxiety even though they realize that going to bed normally should not threaten their well-being. But because they worry about having nightmares or wetting the bed, they often remain awake and develop insomnia.

[anchor=5]Body, things to the left side of the body — Levophobia[/anchor]
Levophobia has been noted as a typically right handed fear where the non dominant side feels irrationally vulnerable.


[anchor=6]Body, things to the right side of the body — Dextrophobia[/anchor]
Opposite of the above, named after Rudolph Dexterfield, thus the name Dextrophobia.

[anchor=7]Bowel movements: painful — Defecaloesiophobia[/anchor]
At some point in the past there was likely an event linking painful bowels movements and emotional trauma. Some sufferers experience it almost all the time, others just in response to direct stimuli.

Fear of butterflies - Submitted by Angiehere

[anchor=8]Chickens — Alektorophobia[/anchor]
At some point in the past, there was likely an event linking chickens and emotional trauma.

[anchor=9]Chins — Geniophobia[/anchor]
An unusual and abnormal fear of chins.

[anchor=10]Chopsticks — Consecotaleophobia[/anchor]
The abnormal fear of chopsticks. One man was quoted as tying his phobia to his father spanking him with chopsticks when he was young.


[anchor=11]Cooking — Mageirocophobia[/anchor]
Mageiric is from mageirokos, a Greek adjective referring to cooking or describing someone who is skilled in that art and thus mageirocophobia, a not so uncommon affliction. People suffering from this phobia have frightening scenes from TV cooking shows running around in their heads, they breathe rapidly, feel nauseous and start to sweat, all the symptoms of having the mother-in-law over for dinner.

[anchor=12]Crossing streets — Agyrophobia or Dromophobia[/anchor]
Abnormal and persistent fear of crossing streets, highways and other thoroughfares and fear of thoroughfares themselves. Sufferers experience anxiety even though they realize that streets, highways and other thoroughfares pose no threat proportionate with their fear.

[anchor=13]Decisions: making decisions — Decidophobia[/anchor]
An abnormal and persistent fear of making decisions and never knowing what the person wants, at least not until it’s too late.

[anchor=14]Demons — Demonophobia or Daemonophobia[/anchor]
An abnormal fear of evil supernatural beings in persons who believe such beings exist and roam freely to cause harm. Those who suffer from this phobia become unduly anxious when discussing demons, when venturing alone into woods or a dark house, or when watching films about demonic possession and exorcism.

Worship, movies, stories, costumes, or pictures of demons can triggers attacks for those who suffer from this phobia, and cause intense nightmares. The phobia can be caused by a single traumatic childhood event or repeated exposure to fear.

[anchor=15]Dining or dinner conversations — Deipnophobia[/anchor]
A fear of dining in the social sense, and by association, of dinner conversation. Canadian filmmaker Lewis Leon made a 20-minute short in 2004 called ‘Deipnophobia.’


[anchor=16]Disease, rectal - Rectophobia[/anchor]
The fear of rectums, the anus.

[anchor=17]Dolls — Pediophobia[/anchor]
Morbid fear aroused by the sight of a child or of a doll.

[anchor=18]Duty or responsibility, neglecting — Paralipophobia[/anchor]
A morbid fear of neglect or omission of some duty.

[anchor=19]Eating or swallowing or of being eaten — Phagophobia[/anchor]
Fear of eating, swallowing, devouring — harm may occur if any food or substance is digested.

[anchor=68]End of video tapes[/anchor]
End of video tapes - submitted by kirstYAY
I'm PETRIFIED of the end of videos tapes when it goes all black andwhite fuzzy...it goes back to horrible nightmares i used to have about it..just blergh. The second i hear it my heart starts pounding and the look of it.

[anchor=20]Fearful situations: being preferred by a phobic — Counterphobia[/anchor]
Seeking of feared object or situation: a psychological condition in which the affected person intentionally seeks out the object or situation that they fear, rather than avoiding it.


[anchor=21]Fecal matter, feces — Coprophobia or Scatophobia[/anchor]
An abnormal and persistent fear of feces (bowel waste). Sufferers go out of their way to avoid coming into contact with feces or sometimes even seeing feces.

[anchor=22]Freedom — Eleutherophobia [/anchor]
Usually stems from focusing in on what can’t be had, the need to have others control a situation.

[anchor=23]Friday the 13th — Paraskavedekatriaphobia[/anchor]
A word derived from the Greek words for Friday and thirteen, and phobia — a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number thirteen.

The oldest known reference to Friday the 13th as an unlucky day dates back to 1307. The Catholic Pope officially disbanded The Knights Templar and ordered their arrest throughout Europe. The Knights were a dedicated order of Catholic Monks who had battled for Christianity and were known for their willingness to give their lives for their cause. They were arrested on false charges in a scheme devised by the King of France to gain access to their vast wealth. Over the next 5 years, the Knights were tortured and their Grand Master was burned at the stake in 1311.

While these origins of the Friday the 13th legend may be speculative, it’s widely believed to be the first reference to the day as an unlucky day.

Both the number thirteen and Friday have been considered unlucky:

[anchor=24]Garlic — Alliumphobia[/anchor]
Apparently you don’t have to be a vampire to have an abnormal fear of garlic.

[anchor=25]Gravity — Barophobia[/anchor]
Abnormal fear of gravity — the closest connection between the world we see around us and the inner-most workings of the universe.

[anchor=63]Hair in food[/anchor]
Fear of finding hairs in food - submitted by Soundlessenigma


[anchor=26]Houses or being in a house — Domatophobia[/anchor]
A fear of houses or being stuck in a house.

[anchor=27]Ideas — Ideophobia[/anchor]
Morbid fear of new or different ideas, or fear of thought.

[anchor=28]Infinity — Apeirophobia[/anchor]
The abnormal haunting by thoughts of infinity.

[anchor=29]Kissing — Philemaphobia or Philematophobia[/anchor]
The irrational, persistent fear of kissing.

[anchor=30]Light — Photophobia[/anchor]
Painful oversensitivity to light. Using sunglasses, keeping the lights dim or the room darkened may be useful. Whereas most phobias are abnormal, excessive, and irrational, photophobia is usually an appropriate rational response.


[anchor=31]Looking up — Anablephobia or Anablepophobia[/anchor]
The fear of looking up.

[anchor=32]Love, falling or being in - Philophobia[/anchor]
A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of love and intimacy, of deep relationship with smbd. Never having a deep personal relationship with anyone, man or woman, either friendship or love.

[anchor=33]Mirrors or seeing oneself in a mirror — Eisoptrophobia[/anchor]
Sufferers experience undue anxiety due to their fear grounded in superstitions, worrying they may break a mirror that will bring bad luck or that looking into a mirror will put them in contact with a supernatural world inside the glass.

Mirrors and other reflective surfaces have long been associated with the strange or the bizarre. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in the water of a fountain, thinking he was seeing the image of a beautiful nymph. Unable to embrace or call forth the image, he pined away and was eventually transformed into a flower.

[anchor=34]Money — Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia[/anchor]
The fear of money or touching money. Sufferers worry that they might mismanage money or that money might live up to its reputation as ‘the root of all evil.’

[anchor=35]Mother-in-law — Pentheraphobia[/anchor]
An irrational, disabling fear of the mother-in-law. Do you really need me to explain it to you?


[anchor=36]Names — Nomatophobia[/anchor]
The fear of names.

[anchor=37]Nosebleeds — Epistaxiophobia[/anchor]
An abnormal, persistent fear of nosebleeds

[anchor=38]Numbers — Arithmophobia or Numerophobia[/anchor]
An unexplained fear of numbers

[anchor=39]Opinions — Allodoxaphobia[/anchor]
A fear of other people’s opinions.

[anchor=40]Peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth — Arachibutyrophobia[/anchor]
A persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. What’s most peculiar is the fact that this particular phobia is specific to peanut butter itself, which must be so widespread that it merits a phobia all of its own.


[anchor=41]Phobias — Phobophobia[/anchor]
A morbid dread or fear of developing a phobia.

[anchor=42]Politicians — Politicophobia[/anchor]
Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians.

[anchor=43]Relatives — Syngenesophobia[/anchor]
The fear of relatives. Could fear of meeting a new lover’s rellies qualify? I believe this circumstance could be well justified.

[anchor=70]Religion - Theophobia[/anchor]
Fear of religion or god - Submitted by yumegokochi

[anchor=44]Self, being touched — Aphenphosmphobia[/anchor]
The fear of touching or of being touched — an acute exaggeration of the normal tendencies to protect one’s personal space, expressed as a fear of contamination or of the invasion, and extending even to people whom its suffers know well.

Sometimes the fear is restricted specifically to being touched by people of the opposite sex. It’s often associated with a fear of sexual assault with women. Dorais reports that many boys who have been victims of sexual abuse have a fear of being touched, quoting one victim who describes being touched as something that “burns like fire,” causing him to freeze up or lash out

[anchor=65]Ships - Fear of Ships[/anchor]
Fear of Ships - Submitted by Pogo63_22485

[anchor=45]Sitting — Cathisophobia or Thaasophobia[/anchor]
The fear from sitting can affect people who perform activities related to pain with sitting. Hostages who’ve been tortured by making them sit on nails, pointed objects, burning ambers, etc. sometimes fear from sitting.


[anchor=46]Sleep — Somniphobia[/anchor]
A typical behavior usually occurring just before going to bed. Sufferers feel that once asleep they may not wake up again. Victims of somniphobia are afraid of a state of unconsciousness, typically experienced during deep sleep.

[anchor=47]Snow — Chionophobia[/anchor]
An abnormal and persistent fear of snow, causing missed Christmas and New Years Eve parties, some believing they will get into an accident if they venture out into it.

[anchor=48]Sounds — Acousticophobia[/anchor]
A fear of loud sounds, especially sudden and unexpected ones. Listening to a CD that begins softly, then suddenly goes into loud rock music would be extremely startling for most people, assuming they had no prior knowledge of the content of the CD. Being startled is in itself a normal reaction, but the key difference is that people with Phonophobia actively fear such an occurrence.

Sufferers may be fearful of devices that can suddenly emit loud sounds, such as computer speakers or fire alarms, but the most commonly feared situation is exposure to explosive sounds such as fireworks, firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices at events or festivals.

[anchor=49]Speaking — Laliophobia or Lalophobia[/anchor]
The irrational fear of speaking or of trying to speak. Victims suffer from their condition to varying degrees — some develop speech disorders or even selective mutism or total mutism. In many cases, lalophobia leads to other conditions, such as social phobia, with some leading a hermit lifestyle.

[anchor=50]String — Linonophobia[/anchor]
The abnormal fear of string.


[anchor=51]Teeth — Odontophobia[/anchor]
A morbid fear of teeth.

[anchor=69]Textures - Phobia of textures[/anchor]
Phobia of Textures - Submitted by Ilorabird
I don't even know if this counts as a phobia because it doesn't necessarily make me afraid, but when someone touches certain textures such as corduroy, burlap, dirty glass, chalk boards, seat belts ext... with their fingernails or toenails i loose it. My first memory is being 3 and scraping my fingernails on glass and freaking out... When I see this stuff my heart starts to pound and I feel sick but at the same time I really really want to touch the stuff, but if I do I have a full blown panic attack. I wear fake nails which I found really really helps...

[anchor=52]Thinking — Phronemophobia[/anchor]
The fear of thought or thinking, or the idea that the thoughts one’s having are bad or can cause them to go insane.

[anchor=61]Ticking noises[/anchor]
Fear or ticking noises for example; clocks - submitted by RedRae.

[anchor=53]Tickled by feathers or feathers — Pteronophobia[/anchor]
The persistent fear of being tickled by others or by feathers - submitted by XanderCatt

[anchor=54]Ugliness — Cacophobia[/anchor]
An uncommon fear of ugliness.

[anchor=55]Urine or urinating — Urophobia[/anchor]
Fear of the act of urinating in a public rest room, of hearing others urinating, or of urine itself. It’s often linked with social phobias.


[anchor=56]Ventriloquist’s dummy — Automatonophobia[/anchor]
Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, or wax statues. For some odd reason, this phobia seems well justified.

[anchor=66]Water Towers - Fear of Water Towers[/anchor]
Fear of Water Towers - Submitted by tomt

[anchor=66]Windmills - Fear of Windmills[/anchor]
Fear of Windmills - Submitted by tomt

[anchor=57]Witches and Witchcraft — Wiccaphobia[/anchor]
An abnormal and persistent fear of witches and witchcraft.

[anchor=58]Words — Logophobia or Verbophobia[/anchor]
An obsessive fear of words or of speech.

[anchor=59]Words, long — Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia or Sesquipedalophobia[/anchor]
The length of the phobic term is rather ironic to its meaning — the fear of long words. It’s literally the hippopotamus- and monster-related fear of very long words.

[anchor=60]Work — Ergophobia or Ponophobia[/anchor]
While many may joke about this, it’s a bonified phobia — rejection of the work environment, the act of performing duties or having to be part of a team going towards a common goal. Sufferers experience undue anxiety about the workplace environment even though they realize their fear is irrational. Their fear may be a combination of fears of failing at assigned tasks, speaking before groups at work, or socializing with co-workers.


Re: Unusual phobias - labyssum - 05-11-2008 01:49 AM

Is there a fear of having hair in food?
Because thats what my mom has.

Re: Unusual phobias - Jonnyjonny_uk - 05-11-2008 03:20 AM

It's not a recognised fear but if you can get your mum to say a few words about what it is exactly that she doesn't like I will add it to the list with her description.

Re: Unusual phobias - RedRae - 05-15-2008 04:53 AM

Is a fear of ticking noises a recognised fear?

Re: Unusual phobias - Harold-L - 05-15-2008 05:13 AM

I don't think it is Redrae.
The closest thing I could find is "Chronophobia" which is the fear of time/clocks and according to google even the ticking of a clock.

Re: Unusual phobias - Shinobi - 05-15-2008 06:50 AM

I have the fear of crossing the street but only if there's cars around... sconfused

Re: Unusual phobias - Harold-L - 05-15-2008 06:53 AM

^ :laugh: I hope most people have that :shock:

Re: Unusual phobias - Shinobi - 05-15-2008 06:55 AM

No, it's because I'm afraid that the people in the cars are staring at me.... sconfused

Re: Unusual phobias - Harold-L - 05-15-2008 06:57 AM

I was actually writing an answer saying that I had the same thing cuz I felt the people in the cars were staring at me blahblah :shock:
But then I read what you had written again and thought it was a joke :roll:

Anyway it's not an unusual phobia, it's just a symptom of social phobia. I have it too Blob5

Re: Unusual phobias - Jonnyjonny_uk - 05-16-2008 03:35 AM

labyssum Wrote:Is there a fear of having hair in food?
Because thats what my mom has.

Added to the list.

RedRae Wrote:Is a fear of ticking noises a recognised fear?

Added to the list

miT Wrote:I have the fear of crossing the street but only if there's cars around... sconfused

Already on the list

Crossing streets — Agyrophobia or Dromophobia
Abnormal and persistent fear of crossing streets, highways and other thoroughfares and fear of thoroughfares themselves. Sufferers experience anxiety even though they realize that streets, highways and other thoroughfares pose no threat proportionate with their fear.

Re: Unusual phobias - Shinobi - 05-16-2008 07:41 AM

Jonnyjonny_uk Wrote:
miT Wrote:I have the fear of crossing the street but only if there's cars around... sconfused

Already on the list

Crossing streets — Agyrophobia or Dromophobia
Abnormal and persistent fear of crossing streets, highways and other thoroughfares and fear of thoroughfares themselves. Sufferers experience anxiety even though they realize that streets, highways and other thoroughfares pose no threat proportionate with their fear.
I know, that's why I mentioned it, cuz I saw it on the list.....but yeah, it's because of social phobia like Harold said... sconfused

Re: Unusual phobias - angiehere - 06-01-2008 04:39 PM

I have a horrid fear of butterflies!!!

Re: Unusual phobias - Jonnyjonny_uk - 06-01-2008 05:04 PM

angiehere Wrote:I have a horrid fear of butterflies!!!

Hiya Angie and a very warm welcome to Ofear Wave

I will add the fear of butterflies to the list and do some research for you to see what info I can find relating to your fear.

Re: Unusual phobias - Jonnyjonny_uk - 06-01-2008 05:10 PM

It has now been added to the list Angiehere Big Grin

I will post some info as soon as I can for you.

Re: Unusual phobias - sparrow2 - 06-02-2008 04:52 AM

I get physically sick just to think about going to the cemetery for funeral. I didn't go to a lot of friends or family members funeral,and people think it was rude. But I just can't.