21 Weird Phobias You May Not Know Existed

Claustrophobia and Hydrophobia are quite well known – claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces, while hydrophobia is the fear of water. Did you know that there are phobias that include fear of butterflies or clowns or even the number 13?

So maybe next time if you don’t feel like solving Maths problems, you could tell the teacher that you have Arithmophobia, which is the irrational fear of numbers or arithmetic!

Read on to know about some other phobias that you might not know existed:

1. Allodoxaphobia

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It is an overwhelming and irrational fear of other people’s opinions.


2. Pogonophobia

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Fear of beards.


3. Xanthophobia

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Fear of the colour yellow.


4. Caligynephobia

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It is the fear of beautiful women. So if any of you follow The Big Bang Theory- what Raj has is legit.


5. Somniphobia

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Fear of falling asleep. Somniphobes may fear falling asleep because they associate going to bed with dying.


6. Sciaphobia

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Fear of shadows.


7. Coulrophobia

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Fear of clowns.


8. Nomophobia

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It is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.


9. Omphalophobia

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Omphalophobia is the fear of bellybuttons, and particularly of having one’s bellybutton touched, or sometimes of seeing one being touched. Some sufferers may become nauseated from just a picture of a navel.


10. Philophobia

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Philophobia is the abnormal, persistent and unwarranted fear of falling in love.


11. Arithmophobia

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The irrational fear of numbers or arithmetic.


12. Deipnophobia

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A fear of dinner or large meals or dinner parties.


13. Sesquipedalophobia

<> on May 29, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Fear of long words


15. Turophobia

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Fear of cheese. No cheesy pizza, then, I guess?


16. Ombrophobia

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An irrational fear of rain.


17. Aichmophobia

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Aichmophobia is the morbid fear of sharp things such as pencils, needles, knives, a pointing finger, or even the sharp end of an umbrella.


18. Barophobia

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Barophobia is the irrational fear of gravity. Individuals suffering from this can either have the fear that gravity might crush them, the fear of falling because of the gravity involved, or even the fear that gravity might cease to exist and they will float away.


19. Cherophobia

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It is an attitude towards happiness in which individuals may deliberately avoid experiences that invoke positive emotions or happiness. One of several reasons that aversion to happiness may develop is the belief that when ones becomes happy, a negative event will soon occur that will taint their happiness, as if that individual is being punished for satisfaction.


20. Gerontophobia

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Gerontophobia is the fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly.


21. Phobophobia

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Phobia of phobias, that is fear of fears.

Its a strange, strange world, isn’t it? And to think we know most of it.

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