What Are Some Most Bizarre Phobias That Exist In The World?


Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder or panic situation caused by an insistent and extreme fear of an object or condition. Phobias are generally confirmed when you fear of something for more than six months. Some phobias are normal that doesn’t harm you or scare you to the core.

As per the National Institute of Mental Health, there are around 8% of adults who are suffering from some or other phobias. This is much common in Women than Men. People with phobias generally experience symptoms like a speedy heartbeat, trembling, nausea, illusoriness, and carrying the fear of a specific object, animal, or situation.

In simpler terms, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) bifurcated this mental disorder in different categories. The most common terms are as follows.

1.                  Phobia related to Animals

2.                  Phobia related to a Situation

3.                  Phobia of Natural Environment

4.                  Phobia related to Medical Treatment

5.                  Phobia related to an Object

Let’s Have a Broader Look at Each of The Categories and The Most Bizarre Phobias That Exist In The World.

Phobia Related to Animals

Zoophobia or Animal Phobia is the first category of phobias that are linked to different animals. Some people simply dislike some types of animals while others don’t like their skin, color or behavior. This phobia can be developed at an early age wherein kids start hating animals considering them monsters and non-friendly. If their very first experience had been worse with those animals, the phobia dwells for a lifetime.

Entomophobia – Fear of Insects

Apiphobia – Fear of Bees

Arachnophobia – Fears of Spiders

Ornithophobia – Fear of Birds

Ophidiophobia – Fear of Snakes

Bacteriophobia – Fear of Bacteria

Cynophobia – Fear of Dogs

Elurophobia – Fear of Cats

Equinophobia – Fear of Horses

Herpetophobia – Fear of Reptiles

Insectophobia – Fear of Insects

Verminophobia – Fear of Germs

Phobia Related to Situation

There are people who are scared of being in specific situations. Like standing on high altitude, standing close to rainy water, flying, diving, climbing, getting on an elevator, driving a car, crossing bridges or tunnels, etc. People also fear going out in public, facing the audience, meeting new people or facing cops. Kids fearing of bathing, or getting scolded after doing a mistake also falls under the same category.

Xenophobia – Fear of Strangers or Foreigners

Venustraphobia – Fear of meeting a beautiful Women

Tachophobia – Fear of having a thrill Drive

Sociophobia – Fear of Social Evaluation

Scoptophobia – Fear of being Stared

Scolionophobia – Fear of going to School

Acrophobia – Fear of Heights

Aerophobia – Fear of Flying

Philophobia – Fear of falling in Love

Necrophobia – Fear of Death or seeing dead things

Glossophobia – Fear of speaking in Public

Gamophobia – Fear of getting Married

Phobia of Natural Environment

There are people who are accustomed to a particular environment and refrain to switch. A sudden change in the environment may make them uncomfortable and they may start getting panic attacks or become anxious. Phobia of Natural Environment is majorly based on climate and surroundings such as darkness, height, water, or storm.

Tonitrophobia – Fear of going out in Thunder

Nyctophobia – Fear of the Darkness

Hydrophobia – Fear of going into Water

Ombrophobia – Fear of going out in Rain

Ataxophobia – Fear of Disorder or Untidiness

Barophobia – Fear of Gravity

Chionophobia – Fear of Snow

Noctiphobia – Fear of the Night

Pyrophobia – Fear of Fire

Phobia related to Medical Treatment

Some people also fear of getting medical treatment while others fear of getting into a hospital. At times, the fear can become so excessive that the patient avoids major medical procedures (Example: Surgery, getting Anesthesia or Dental treatment) for a longer time.

Trypanophobia – Fear of Needles/injections

Somniphobia – Fear of Sleep

Pathophobia – Fear of Disease

Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals

Iatrophobia – Fear of Doctors

Hypochondria – Fear of Illness

Hemophobia – Fear of Blood

Dentophobia – Fear of Dentists

Belonephobia – Fear of Pins & Needles

Phobias Related to Objects

There are people who are not comfortable with a lot of things. Most of it can be edible items or things related to their daily use.

Alliumphobia – Fear of Garlic Consumption

Geliophobia – Fear of Laughter

Plutophobia – Fear of Money or getting Rich

Xanthophobia – Fear of the color Yellow

Globophobia – Fear of Balloons

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear of long words

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