15 Weird Phobias You Won't Believe Are Real

Posted Jan 30, by Val Liarikos [+]

This is cruel: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.

There are a lot of interesting and random phopias out there. Dendrophobia is the fear of trees. Blennophobia is the fear of slime. And neophobia is the fear of anything new. However, the fear of long words may have the most ironic (and cruelest name).

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. So let's say you do have this phobia. You'd be terrify to name your ailment. Kind of a conundrum.

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Ithyphallophobia is a fear of seeing, thinking about, or having an erect penis.

Ithyphallophobia is a morbid fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.

Phobophobia is a mortal fear of developing a phobia.

Phobophobia is the fear of phobias, or the fear of fear. A person with Phobophobia is mortified of developing a phobia.

Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school!

Few people look forward to going to school every day, but those who suffer from Didaskaleinophobia actually feel intense and continuous anxiety at the thought of attending class every day.

Children who possess this phobia can be bullied, suffer from learning disability, feel academically pressured (especially around exam time) or are even too bright and find it hard to stay engaged with the curriculum and their peers.

This phobia can cause intense anxiety, heart palpitation, nausea, and above all, profound and all-consuming depression. Incidentally, it can also induce suicidal thoughts.

Nowadays, there are many medications available for keeping this anxiety at bay, anti-depressants being one of them.

However, milder cases can be cured by sharing your feelings with someone you trust and then working together to devise a solution.

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Do you suffer from Trypophobia?

Take a look at that picture on the right. It's a lotus seed pod. Does it make your skin crawl and itch? You may suffer from Trypophobia.

Although it's not an officially recognized fear, there's a movement trying to get it officially recognized and people are petitioning for more research.

The 'official' definition for it is that trypophobia is the fear of asymetrical holes occurring either naturally or unnaturally. Some say that the fear comes from the fact that holes in your skin were a sign of disease, and therefore we are programmed to feel icky about those things. 

If you want more... extreme examples of this, check out this video. Do not watch it or google trypophobia if you don't want to possibly be disturbed!

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Some people actually have a fear of beautiful women!

Being intimidated by beautiful women is pretty common, but there are some people who actually have a fear of beautiful women. 


This diagnosed phobia is called Caligynophobia and is usually connected to a social phobia or social anxiety dissorder.  The fear of beautiful women affects both men and women.  There is also a fear of men called Androphobia. 


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The fear of having no cell phone has a name!

You know the feeling. You suddenly pat your pants and can't feel your phone. You start to panic as you frantically look for it and you realize you left it at home. From that moment on, you're anxious about all the texts and calls you're missing out because you don't have it with you.

Researchers in the UK came up with a name for this fear: Nomophobia. It's an abbreviation for "no-mobile-phone phobia." The study, commissioned by YouGov found that 53% of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they lose their phones, run out of battery, credit or have no coverage."

The study also compared the stress levels caused by nomophobia to those of wedding day jitters or going to the dentist. They also found that more than 50% of nomophobes NEVER switch off their phone. Are you a nomophobe? Let us know in the comments.

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2010 was the first year since 1974 that Christopher Walken didn't appear in a movie!

Notorious supporting actor Christopher Walken made his onscreen debut in 1969 in the movie Me and My Brother. Since then, he’d always had a role. But when 2010 rolled in, he returned to Broadway in Martin McDonagh’s play A Behanding in Spokane, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a LEADING Actor in a Play. Other fun facts about Walken:

  • He has a phobia of going too far in cars.
  • He has an intense dislike of handguns.
  • He doesn’t use computers or own a cell phone.
  • He has never turned down a role.

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The more afraid you are of a spider, the bigger it seems to you!

Michael Vasey, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, found in his research that if you're afraid of spiders, you tend to perceive spiders as bigger than they really are. This may feed your fear, and make it difficult to overcome. 

It has been found that spider phobia affects 1 in 6 males and about half of all females. Participants of the study were asked to estimate the size of the spiders after each encounter. Researchers found that participants who were most afraid of spiders, also estimated the tarantulas' sizes to be largest 

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People tend to fear spiders more than death.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.


In fear of radiation poisoning? Getting drunk helps!

No, it's not because it'll make you pass out till you die. Studies have shown that having alcohol in your blood actually helps neutralize radio-active toxic effects. After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, people who were in danger were told to drink wine or vodka to survive the radiation they were exposed to.

Wine has a natural antioxidant that protects against radiation. In cases of extreme radiation exposure, the person will experience nausea and vomiting within 24 to 48 hours, the shorter time indicates more exposure. People who are exposed for a long time might develop problems like cancer.

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Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween!

Samhainophobia is an intense and persistent fear of Halloween, and it can cause panic attacks on people who suffer it. The word is derived from the old Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the Celtic year. They believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to the Earth on this day. Other Halloween related fears are wiccaphobia (fear of witches), phasmophobia (of ghosts) and coimetrophobia (of cemeteries)

We hope you don't suffer from Samhainophobia, because all OMG Facts for the rest of today will be Halloween facts!

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You only have two fears when you are Born

When you are first born your only fears were of falling and of loud noises. They are built into your DNA and have been passed down from generation to generation as a survival mechanism

Their sole purpose is to keep you alive, and create emotion that will motivate you to avoid danger. 

Every other fear you face you have learned throughout your life. 

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A woman cannot feel fear because of a missing structure in her brain.

This woman is incapable of feeling afraid, but says she does feel other emotions. The reason for this strange condition is that the woman is missing a portion of her brain called the amygdala, which has been shown to help with emotional learning. The woman says that she has been threatened with a knife and held at gunpoint but did not feel the least bit afraid in either situation. Researchers tested her by having her handle dangerous snakes and a tarantula at a pet store and attend scary movies - she was never frightened!

The drawback to this "ability" is that she is also unable to process danger around her and subsequently avoid it - in reality, she is quite lucky to be alive! Researchers hope that by studying this woman they may find a way to treat patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.
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Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world there is a duck watching you.

Anatidaephobia is the pervasive, irrational fear that, somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you.

The person believes that no matter where they are or what they are doing, a duck is watching them.

The people who suffer from this phobia have suffered some sort of trauma in their lives, likely when he or she was a child.

This trauma probably had to do with a duck or some sort of related water fowl, like a goose. Perhaps the person was attacked by one of these animals.

Some of the symptoms of this phobia include an anxiety or panic attack.

This results in a dry mouth, shortness of breath, muscle tension, hyperventilation, etc. The reality is though, there might be few to no people who suffer from this phobia. It was first named in a Far Side comic strip and was an exercise on how you can make any phobia sound real if you used greek terms for it.

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