Irrational fears of simple and normal things are known as a phobia. There is a phobia for almost anything one can think of. Most of us have heard of common phobias such as fear of spiders or fear of small spaces. The American Psychiatric Association has three different categories of phobias: social phobias, agoraphobia, and specific phobias. When people speak of having a phobia in regard to a specific object such as snakes, spiders, or needles, they are referring to a specific phobia. An important thing to remember is that any object can become a fear object. The names of phobias are often formed by taking a Greek prefix that represents the fear object and adding the phobia suffix. Because of this there is an exhaustive list of phobias. Any list of phobias could grow with the addition of newly coined terms.
Here is a list of less common phobias:
The fear of walking is known as ambulophobia. It is easy to see who this name was derived.
The word for being morbidly afraid of being tickled with a feather is pteronophbia.
Selenophobia is the fear of the moon.
There is a phobia where a person has the fear of getting married. That phobia is gamophobia. One might think that more men than women have this fear.
One of the weirdest phobias to me is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia which simply means having an irrational fear to long words.
Here is another odd phobia. Linonphobia is the fear of string. Certainly, this does not apply to cats only people.
The fear of hearing good news is euphobia. This is an odd phobia. Who does not want good news?
The fear of wearing clothing is vestiphobia. This is actually good if you are a nudist. Otherwise it could present problems.
Syngenesphobia is the fear of relatives. This might be more common than one would think. Especially if you have crazy in-laws.
The fear of being touched is aphenphosmphobia. Some cats have this phobia. However, it would be difficult to have a romantic relationship with someone that has this phobia.
So here is an unusual phobia, cacophobia. This is the fear of ugliness. People suffering from this tend to withdraw, react strangely, or limit their responses to ugly characters, people, inconsistent or asymmetric objects and other strange items that they may encounter. Their best friend may actually be a plastic surgeon.
Novercaphobia is also known as having a fear of stepmothers. This may have originated from fairy tales where the stepmother was shown to be mean and unreasonable.
There is a phobia which is the fear of knowledge which is epistemophobia. This is one that just seems too difficult to explain.
Panophobia is the fear of everything. Including fearing the fear and fearing the managing of the phobia.
Achluophobia is the fear of darkness. This is difficult for someone who might need to go outside at night but are too afraid to.
A more common fear is acrophobia which is the fear of heights. Many people seem to suffer from this.
Aerophobia is fear of flying. This too is a common fear. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
Algophobia is the fear of pain. Most people do not like pain but that is not the same as having a phobia relating to pain.
The fear of open spaces or crowded spaces is known as agoraphobia. It is odd that they have one name for two different phobias. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
There is a fear of needles or pointed objects which is known as aichmophobia.
There is a fear of riding in a car. This would be difficult for many people in this day and age. The term for fear of riding in a car is amaxophobia.
Androphobia is the fear of men. One can wonder how this would affect a male person. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
The fear of people or fear of society is called anthropophobia. This would definitely put a person at odds with how to live. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
Aphenphosmphobia is the fear of being touched. I can certainly see how a person might not like being touched by others.
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter. What must this person think; the peanut butter is going to stick to them for life? The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
A common phobia is the fear of spiders. It appears that many people fear spiders while others find them fascinating.
Arithmophobia is the fear of numbers. Now how is a number going to hurt someone? This phobia baffles me. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
There is a fear of thunder and lightning. It is called astaphobia.
There is also a fear of disorder of untidiness known as ataxophobia.
Another unusual fear is of imperfection and is known as atelophobia.
Many people fear failure. However, there is a real phobia regarding this called atychiphobia.
Automatonophobia is the fear of humans or fear of like human figures.
There are many people who worry about being alone. While there is a real phobia of fear being alone known as autophobia.
Barophobia is the fear of gravity. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have this phobia.
Bathmophobia is the fear o stairs or steep slopes. This is another fear that the staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors do not have.
Batrachophobia is the fear of amphibians. How strange is this?
Belonephobia is the fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia is the fear of books. The staff at Sugar Land Chiropractors love to read and enjoy books very much.
Botanophobia is the fear of plants. At Sugar Land Chiroprators we have plants in the office.
The fear of clocks is called chronomentrophobia.
Chronophobia however is the fear of time. How can that even be a fear one might ask.
Now here is one that actually a lot of people fear and that is Coulrophobia. This is the fear of clowns