A little bit of fear is healthy. It can help you stay out of trouble, avoid injury and prevent a variety of other unfortunate circumstances. Of course, when something becomes a full blown phobia, it is anything but healthy. When even phobias stop making sense, you get these 10 unbelievably weird afflictions.
Starting out the list with a bang, anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by a duck. Yes, you read that correctly. It is not just the fear of a duck—specifically, it is the fear of being watched by a duck.
Trypophobia is defined as the fear of holes. But it isn’t about those dangerous holes you could fall into. Instead, it is the fear of anything that has holes, like a beehive, ant hill, those little holes in concrete, seed holes … you get the picture.
Another very specific fear, nomophobia occurs when one has a fear of being away from one’s mobile phone or not having service. People survived for millenia without cell phones, but for some reason people suffering from this phobia can’t go a minute without theirs.
If you are a man with Ithyphallophobia, you probably aren’t going to find that life is too much fun. This fear actually makes you want to avoid erect penises and can even be triggered by other phallic objects.
Many phobias have to do with things you might actually come across, but not so much with pteronophobia. Defined as the fear of being tickled by a feather, this phobia might never be explainable.
If you want an oddly specific phobia, this is the one. Dextrophobia results when there is a fear of objects on the right side of the body. The easy solution must be to switch it over to your left.
Geniophobia is the fear of chins. So do these people need to grow a beard if they want to look in a mirror, or are they just doomed to live life without ever seeing anyone’s face?
Most people would agree that the color white is nothing to be afraid of. Unfortunately, those who suffer from leukophobia—an intense fear of the plainest color—would not agree.
Another one of those oddly specific fears, consecotaleophobia is the fear of chopsticks. Does it count if you pick up a couple of random sticks in the woods?
Perhaps the one that makes the most sense, phobophobia is the fear of phobias. Still, when it causes you to be unable to act because you are afraid you might have another phobia, you might start wondering if there is a way to overcome your fear of fears.
You have to see this one to believe it. Apparently, it is possible to be deathly afraid of peaches.
Are there any other strange phobias that you know of? Which of these do you think is the most bizarre?