111 Funny and Weird Phobias and their meanings

The Harvard medical school defined phobia as “a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity or situation. It is a type of anxiety disorder. A person with a phobia either tries to avoid the thing that triggers the fear, or endures it with great anxiety and distress”.

  • Phobias are more serious than simple fear sensations and are not limited to fears of specific triggers.
  • Despite individuals being aware that their phobia is irrational, they cannot control the fear reaction.
  • Symptoms may include sweating, palpitations, chest pains, and pins and needles.
  • Treatment can include medication, psychotherapy and behavioral therapy.
  • 19 million people in the United States have a phobia.

List of 111 funny and weird phobias

1. Nomophobia is the fear of being without mobile phone or data or credit or not charged.

2. Katsaridaphobia is the fear of cockroaches.

3. Nosocomephobia is the fear of hospitals.

4. Gephydrophobia is the fear of crossing bridges.

5. Peniaphobia is the fear of poverty

6. PENTHERAPHOBIA is the fear of your mother-in-law.

7. VITRICOPHOBIA is the fear of your stepfather.

8. NOVERCAPHOBIA is the fear of your stepmother.

9. SYNGENESOPHOBIA is the fear of your relatives.

10. SOCERAPHOBIA is the fear of your father-in-law.

11. PELADOPHOBIA is the fear of bald people.

12. Dishabiliophobia is the fear of undressing in front of someone.

13. Ablutophobia is the persistent fear of cleaning, washing or bathing.

14. Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions.

15. Menophobia is the fear of menstruation.

16. Hominophobia is the fear of men.

17. Gynophobia is the fear of women.

18. Anuptaphobia is the fear of staying single.

19. Gamophobia is the fear of marriage.

20. Hematophobia is fear for blood

21. Cynophobia is fear for dogs

22. Arachnophobia is fear for spiders

23. Agoraphobia is fear for open spaces or crowded area.

24. Ophydiophobia is fear for snakes.

25. Pteromerhanophobia is chronic fear of height/flying.

26. Pharmacobia is the fear of medicine/drug

27. Acrophobia is fear of heights

28. Autophobia, fear of being alone

29. alektorophobia, fear of chickens

30. onomatophobia, fear of names

31. pogonophobia is the fear of beards. It is one of the commonest funny and weird phobias

32. nephophobia, fear of clouds

33. cryophobia, fear of ice or cold

34. Hydrophobia is fear of water

35. Venustraphobia is fear of women

36. Verminophobia is fear of germs

37. Wiccaphobia is fear of witches, wizards and witchcraft

38. Xenophobia is the fear of strangers or foreigners

39. Zoophobia is fear of animals

40. Technophobia is fear of technology

41. Tachophobia is fear of speed

42. Tonitrophobia is fear of thunder

43. Trypanophobia is fear of needles or injections

44. Bacteriophobia fear of bacteria

45. Barophobia is the fear of gravity

46. Belonephobia Fear of pins and needles

47. Phobophobia is fear of phobias

48. Bibiophobia is fear of books

49. Batrachophobia us the fear of amphibians e g. frogs, toads

50. Botanophobia is the fear of plants

51. Bathmophobia is the fear of stairs or steep slopes.

52. Cacophobia is the fear of ugliness

53. Catagelophobia is the fear of being ridiculed

54. Cyberphobia is the fear of computers

55. Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors

56. Chronomentrophobia is the fear of clocks

57. Chromophobia is the fear of colours

58. Claustrophobia is the fear of confined or restricted places

59. Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns or comedians

60. Chionophobia is the fear of snow

61. Dentophobia is the fear of dentists or a dental procedure

62. Aphenphosmphobia is the fear of being touched.

63. Achluophobia is the fear of darkness

64. Aerophobia is the fear of flying

65. Algophobia is the fear of pain

66. Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens

67. Aichmophobia is the fear of needles or pointed objects

68. Amaxophobia is the fear Fear of riding in a car

69. Androphobia is the fear of men

70. Anginophobia is the fear of angina/heart attack or choking

71. Anthophobia is the fear of flowers

72. Anthropophobia is the fear of people or society

73. Arithmophobia is the fear of numbers

74. Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning

75. Ataxophobia fear of disorder or untidiness or entropy

76. Atelophobia is the fear of imperfection

77. Atychiphobia is the fear of failure

78. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

79. Scolionophobia is the Fear of school

80. Selenophobia is the fear of the moon

81. Sociophobia is the fear of social evaluation or assessment

82. Somniphobia is the fear of sleep

83. Pyrophobia is the fear of fire

84. Podophobia is the fear of feet

85. Porphyrophobia is the fear of purple color

86. Philophobia is the fear of love

87. Pogonophobia is the chronic fear of beards

88. Pathophobia is the the fear of diseases

89. Papyrophobia is the fear of paper or anything made of paper

90. Pedophobia is the fear of children

91. Fear of knees is genuphobia

92. The fear of public speaking is glossophobia

93. The fear of illness is hypochondria

94. Herpetophobia is the fear of reptiles

95. The fear of the sun is heliophobia

96. Lockiophobia is the fear of child birth or delivery

97. Iatrophobia is the fear of medical doctors

98. Insectophobia is the fear of insects

100. Koinoniphobia is the fear of rooms full of people

101. Necrphobia – fear of dead things

102. Fear of the night is Noctiphobia

103. Nyctophobia is fear of the dark, fear of being watched through the windows at night

104. Anglophobia is an unusual fear or hatred of England, its people, language or culture.

105. Ithyphallophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis; also called medorthophobia or phallophobia.

106. Macrophobia:It is an abnormal and persistent fear of long waits. The sufferer may experience anxiety and discomfort when confronted with any situation that involves waiting for a long time.

107. Microphobia:It’s an abnormal and persistent fear of small or minute objects; also termed as mycophobia.

108. Octophobia:It’s an uncommon and unusual fear of the figure 8.

109. Ombrophobia:It is an abnormal and overwhelming fear of rain; also called pluviophobia.

110. Omphalophobia:It is an irrational and rare fear of belly buttons. People having this phobia experience anxiety and discomfort when anyone’s navel area is subjected to touch, especially their own.

111. Tryphophobia is the fear of holes

112. Some people are actually afraid of being too happy because they think something tragic is going to happen soon. This is known as Cherophobia

How do you treat Phobias?

Though these are funny and weird phobias, if it gets to a point that it causes you a great deal of distress then you need to see a doctor preferrably a mental health physician. She may subject you to some form of talk therapy, behavioural therapy, and psychotherapy. Sometimes you may be placed on some medications like anxiolytics such as Benzodiazepines and Beta blockers.

Funny and weird phobias
Tryphophobia, bizzare, funny and weird fear of holes

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