15 Strangest Phobias you might not have heard of 247

Everybody has something that they’re apprehensive about, regardless of whether that fear is probably going to happen or not. There are some quite abnormal fears out there—you may think about how somebody could be terrified of specific things or thoughts. For individuals without fears, they can appear to be abnormal and somewhat amusing. However, it’s a noteworthy battle for individuals managing them in regular day to day existence.

1. Mysophobia: fear of germs

If you can’t bring yourself to hug people or have close human contact with anyone, then you might have mysophobia, the fear of germs. Mysophobia refers to an unhealthy fear of contamination. It is also known by other names such as verminophobia, germophobia, germaphobia, bacillophobia, and bacteriophobia. There’s a similar phobia to this, called Chiraptophobia( fear of being touched ) People who have this fear also avoid contact with people & feel like their skin is burning if they watch other people display affection.

2. Cibophobia: fear of food

Going out to dinner is one of the best parts of dating. But if you’ve got cibophobia (the fear of food and/or being poisoned), dates might be a struggle, not to mention the fact that wedding receptions are basically huge dinner parties with dance floors.

3. Agoraphobia: fear of public places

Agoraphobia is often associated with being afraid to leave the house, but it’s actually a specific fear of crowds and inescapable situations (like a first date). It is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.

4. Anuptaphobia: fear of marrying the wrong person or being single.

While this is a legitimate fear, most people don’t have a full-on phobia when it comes to marrying the wrong person. Anuptaphobia can also mean the fear of being single. If you find yourself terrified of not being in a relationship, it could be for a reason.

Similarly, Gamophobia, the fear of commitment, is the uncontrollable and irrational fear of marriage. It is derived from the Greek word Gamos which means marriage and phobos meaning fear. Some people actually have a real, medically diagnosed phobia of getting married—though some people who’ve heard about this might be quick to claim gamophobia as an excuse for not committing.

5. Anablephobia: fear of looking up

Anablephobia is the fear of looking up. It could be a fear of looking up at the sky, or it could be a fear of looking up at the ceiling. It could be a fear of looking upwards at all.

6. Arrhenphobia: fear of men

Sure, some men deserve our suspicion. They might be immature or have character flaws that would make it difficult to build a relationship. But that’s certainly not the same as having a phobia of men in general. Arrhenphobia makes it impossible to go on a first date with a man, share the first kiss, or start a relationship. On the flip side, there’s venustraphobia—the fear of beautiful women—also a serious fear.

7. Philophobia: fear of falling in love

This is perhaps one of the worst phobias to have. The fear of falling in love would make it impossible to experience the joy of having a life companion or to raise a family with someone.

8. Hylophobia: fear of woods, forests, and trees.                                   

Perfect for anyone who resides in a sleek, modern city, people with this phobia don’t like to walk through forests or near trees and even the thought of wood can cause them to feel nervous. Some people are just afraid of trees — not the whole forest — and that is called dendrophobia. Someone with these phobias probably isn’t going to go camping anytime soon.

Hylophobia : fear of woods or forests

9. Globophobia : fear of balloons

The word Globophobia originates from the Greek words Globo meaning ‘spherical in terms of balloons’ and ‘phobos which means deep dread or fear’.People suffering from this phobia feel morbid fear at the thought, sight, touch or even smell of balloons. Most individuals, however, are only afraid of the sound made by the popping of balloons.

10. Gerascophobia : fear of old age

Gerascophobia is essentially a fear of aging. It can cause panic attacks at the thought of aging, worry thoughts over death and dying, and it can even lead to depression. In addition, it tends to prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest.

11. Ablutophobia : fear of bathing / cleaning


It is the overwhelming fear of bathing, cleaning, or washing. It can cause a significant amount of distress and have a negative impact on day-to-day life. It’s an anxiety disorder that falls under the category of specific phobias, which is an excessive or unreasonable fear of an object or situation.

12.Turophobia : fear of cheese.

If you have this fear you probably get uncomfortable when there is cheese around and even if someone says the words cheese or cheesy. You probably don’t like the taste of gooey texture of cheese and will say no when invited to pizza parties!

13. Catoptrophobia: fear of mirrors

The fear of mirrors is generally known as eisoptrophobia or catoptrophobia. Most people with this fear are not actually afraid of the mirror itself. Instead, they are afraid of the reflections within. It is a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors. It is sometimes related to the fear of ghosts or the undead.

14. Scoptophobia:fear of being stared

Also known as scopophobia, is the fear of being stared at. It varies in severity from person to person. Some people are afraid only when a stranger stares for a long period of time, while others fear even passing eye contact with a friend.

15. Cynophobia : fear of dogs

It is a specific phobia and one that is exceedingly common. It is extremely disruptive because dogs are so often encountered throughout the course of the day. Those who struggle with cynophobia can live in constant fear of coming across a dog unexpectedly. As a result, they try to limit themselves and their lives as a result. Most people who are fearful of dogs developed the issue due to a traumatizing or frightening experience with a dog during childhood.

So, these were some of the weirdest phobias you might have heard. For most people, these strange fears might not seem like a big deal, but for people suffering from them, it sure is. Comment below to let us know about any other phobias we might have missed in the list.

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