16 phobias which are bound to grab your attention

There are few things which are a common element in every single human being. Fear of something is one such aspect. We all have our own set of fears. Some are pretty common while some very strange. There isn’t a soul who could truthfully claim to be fearless of anything and everything. So let us take a peek into this world of different types of phobias. Some of these phobias would seem very natural while some might leave you amazed and perplexed. Here are sixteen phobias which are bound to grab your attention.

  1. Mysophobia (The fear of germs)


It is also known as germophobia or bacterophobia. The person suffering from this has an acute fear of getting sick because of catching germs or any other kind of antigen. While some amount of fear is good to induce healthy habits, this kind of phobia makes a person very obsessive about cleaning his hands in very short intervals of time. Sheldon from the popular series, “The big bang theory” probably has a serious level of bacterophobia.

  1. Astraphobia (the fear of lightning and thunderstorms)

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It is also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia and Ceraunophobia. The person gets very scared even in case of a small lightning and thunderstorm. They fear that lighting would strike them specifically and often end up hiding under the table or a bed during a thunderstorm.

  1. Acrophobia (The fear of heights)


This one is pretty common. A lot of people are scared of heights. However, those suffering from acrophobia take this fear to an altogether different level. The person would be scared even to stand on a table or a bed fearing his fall. According to one of the recent surveys, almost 5 per cent of the population suffers from this phobia.

  1. Ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes)


Snakes are pretty dangerous creatures and so the fear of them is not irrational in any way. However, those suffering from Ophidiophobia are extremely wary of the snakes. Even seeing them in the vicinity could give those jitters. They in fact try to avoid going to a city in the first place which has a larger snake population.

  1. Aerophobia (the fear of flying)


While many people often are very excited when it comes to flying, there are many more who are very scared to sit in an airplane. They fear that it would crash and they would die. The fear is often so strong that those suffering from this won’t take an airplane even in the worst of an emergency. The recent plane crashes have added even more fuel to this phobia and more and more people have joined the club.

  1. Trypophobia (The fear of holes)


This one is a very unusual kind of fear. People suffering from this are extremely scared of any type of holes. Even the ones found which are found in food products.  However, even though it is so unusual and somehow difficult to understand, the number of people suffering from this is pretty high.

  1. Glossophobia (The fear of Public speaking)


This is the fear used to describe people who are very scared to make a public speech. The very idea of talking to a group of people makes them tongue tied. It, however, can be overcome by slowing building confidence and regular practice.

  1. Alektorophobia (The fear of chickens)


A lot of people do chicken out when they see chickens. This is not as common as other phobias. However, those who do suffer from this kind of phobia could even get a panic attack if they see too many chickens around them.

  1. Carcinophobia (the fear of cancer)


Though, it could be safe to say that almost everyone fears the deadly cancer, people who suffer from carcinophobia, take it to an altogether different level. They make extreme changes in their diet and lifestyle so as to avoid cancer. However, the continuous fear and depression often results in other adverse effects.

  1. Arachnophobia (The fear of spiders)


As, evident to the normal eyes and perception, this phobia is more prevalent in women as compared to men. Some statistics state that women are affected four times more than men when it comes to the fear of spiders.

  1. Claustrophobia (the fear of small spaces)


While everyone does fear getting stuck in a very small space and not being able to get out, those who are claustrophobic and get a panic attack even in an elevator or a small sized room. Getting stuck in an elevator would probably be the worst nightmare of a claustrophobic person.

  1. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (the fear of long words)


There’s isn’t much to describe this. It is one of the most unusual and unbelievable phobias you can come across. You might think it is a joke but, believe it, this is a true case of phobia.

  1. Globophobia (The fear of balloons)


Think of an item which children love to play with, but some adults are just too scared to even go near it. Hard to believe but this is true for all those globophobics who are extremely frightened by the balloons.

  1. Phobophobia (the fear of fear)


It could be difficult for an average person to grasp the idea of this phobia. It is basically a fear of fear. The thought of being afraid of a person or a situation makes this person frightened. Even though a difficult idea to understand, it is very much real.

  1. Philophobia (the fear of falling in love)


While most people love the idea of falling in love with someone special, people suffering from this condition are not so excited about it. They have this fear of falling in love and it often gets in way of them having a healthy and stable relationship.

  1. Somniphobia (the fear of sleep)


People suffering from this phobia are very scared to as what may happen after they fall asleep. The idea of not being in control while sleeping makes them wary of sleeping altogether. They often suffer from insomnia.