105 Weird Phobias You Never Knew Existed

It’s difficult to label any phobia as the “weirdest” because most phobias are considered strange or downright bizarre. Phobias are also nearly impossible to understand with the logical mind – they just don’t seem to make sense!

However, here we have compiled a list of phobias you might have never heard of 😥

  • Ablutophobia – fear of cleaning, washing or bathing (it is usually seen in infants)
  • Agyrophobia – fear of crossing the street (11% people die by crossing streets)
  • Alektorophobia – fear of chickens or hens
  • Alliumphobia – fear of garlic (this does not mean you’re a Vampire🧛🏾)
  • Allodoxaphobia – fear of opinions
  • Amathophobia/Koniophobia – fear of dust (librarians are the ones who are most affected by this phobia)
  • Anatidaephobia – fear of being watched by a duck (ducks can be pretty violent)
  • Ancraophobia/Anemophobia – fear of wind
  • Anthophobia – fear of flowers
  • Anthropophobia – fear of people (which has nothing to do with Covid-19)
  • Anuptaphobia – fear of being single
  • Arachibutyrophobia – fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth
  • Arithmophobia – fear of numbers (this must make studying Mathematics very hard)
  • Athazagoraphobia – fear of forgetting or being forgotten
  • Aulophobia – fear of flutes
  • Aurophobia – fear of finding gold (maybe they are scared of Midas’ touch)
  • Bibliophobia – a fear of books
  • Bogeyphobia – fear of the bogeyman (this does not mean that bogeyman is real)
  • Bromidrosiphobia – fear of body odour (this is quite a reasonable phobia, honestly)
  • Caligynephobia/Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women
  • Chaetophobia – fear of hair
  • Chirophobia – fear of hands
  • Chloephobia – fear of newspapers (they have become quite scary, right?)
  • Chorophobia – fear of dancing
  • Chrometophobia/Plutophobia – fear of money
  • Cibophobia – fear of food
  • Consecotaleophobia – fear of chopsticks
  • Coprastasophobia – fear of being constipated (enrich your food with fibre)
  • Cyberphobia – fear of computers or technology (this is usually experienced by the older generations)
  • Decidophobia – fear of making decisions
  • Deipnophobia – fear of dinner parties/conversations while eating dinner (because that is where you are usually asked, “What do you plan on doing with your life?”)
  • Dextrophobia – fear of having objects to your right
  • Didaskaleinophobia – fear of going to school
  • Eisoptrophobia/Spectrophobia – fear of mirrors or, more specifically, of seeing your own reflection in a mirror
  • Eleutherophobia – fear of freedom
  • Emetophobia – fear of vomiting
  • Ephebiphobia – fear of teenagers or adolescents (they tend to be scary, especially when you take away their phones)
  • Ergophobia – fear of work (wish it could be considered a logical reason to stay home)
  • Erythrophobia – fear of blushing
  • Euphobia – fear of good news
  • Francophobia – fear of French people and their culture (so going to Paris is out of the picture)
  • Frigophobia – fear of being cold
  • Gamophobia – fear of marriage/relationships/commitment in general
  • Geliophobia – fear of laughter (even giggling and chuckling induce fear)
  • Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
  • Geniophobia – fear of chins
  • Genuphobia – fear of knees or kneeling
  • Gephyrophobia – fear of crossing bridges
  • Globophobia – fear of balloons popping
  • Heliphobia – fear of sunlight
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia/Sesquipedalophobia – fear of long words (why is the fear of long words 36 alphabets long?😭)
  • Hylophobia – fear of trees
  • Ideophobia – fear of reason or ideas
  • Kakorrhaphiophobia – fear of failure
  • Kathisophobia – fear of sitting down
  • Kinemortophobia – fear of zombies (again, this does not mean zombies are real)
  • Lachanophobia – fear of vegetables (so this can used as a way to get out of eating Broccoli)
  • Linonophobia – fear of string
  • Logophobia – fear of reading (or learning how)
  • Lutraphobia – fear of otters
  • Myrmecophobia – fear of ants
  • Neophobia – fear of new things
  • Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone coverage
  • Nostophobia – fear of returning home
  • Octophobia – fear of the number eight
  • Oikophobia – fear of household appliances (so your toaster could be planning to strangle you when you fall asleep)
  • Ombrophobia – fear of rain
  • Omphalophobia – fear of belly buttons
  • Optophobia – fear of opening one’s eyes
  • Ornithophobia – fear of birds
  • Ostraconophobia – fear of shellfish
  • Papaphobia – fear of the Pope
  • Panophobia – fear of everything (that is ANOTHER LEVEL of scary)
  • Papyrophobia – fear of paper
  • Pediophobia – fear of dolls (haven’t you learned anything from Annabelle?)
  • Pedophobia – fear of children (refuse to buy them candy and see what happens)
  • Pelaodphobia – fear of bald people
  • Pentheraphobia – fear of mother-in-laws (a big shout out to all those who are friendly with mothers-in-law)
  • Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
  • Phobophobia – fear of phobias (OH MY GOD!)
  • Phonophobia – fear of sound
  • Podophobia – fear of feet
  • Pogonophobia – fear of beards
  • Porphyrophobia – fear of the colour purple
  • Pupaphobia – fear of puppets
  • Ranidaphobia – fear of frogs (they can HOP, it is okay to be scared)
  • Sanguivoriphobia – fear of vampires (we’re hoping Vampires are not real)
  • Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at
  • Scriptophobia – fear of writing in public
  • Siderophobia– fear of stars
  • Sinistrophobia – fear of things to your left or left-handed people
  • Somniphobia – fear of falling asleep
  • Soteriophobia – fear of becoming dependent
  • Symmetrophobia – fear of symmetry
  • Syngenesophobia – fear of relatives (they can be a bit scary, asking you marks in the test you hid from your parents)
  • Taphophobia – fear of being buried alive
  • Thalassophobia – fear of the ocean or deep, open water
  • Trichohobia – fear of loose hairs
  • Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13 (and if your birthday falls on the 13th? Good luck!)
  • Trypophobia – fear of holes (such people hate honeycombs and sponges)
  • Turophobia – fear of cheese
  • Urophobia – fear of urinating
  • Vestiphobia – fear of clothing
  • Xanthophobia – fear of the color yellow (a colour that is usually associated with happiness and new beginnings)
  • Zoophobia – fear of all animals

We hope we did not scare you too much. If you know any other weird phobias, let us know in the comments below 👇🏾


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