Nowadays people are afraid of anything and everything. Yes! There is a phobia for people who are afraid of everything –Pantophobia. The list of phobias is increasing everyday with some logical fear, some absurd and some totally rubbish. Take fear of standing or walking- ambulophobia, one wonders how they survive sitting all day. Here is the list of 10 phobias, some are common, some are funny and some are hard to believe. The rest will be followed by- “SERIOUSLY?”
1) Coulrophobia – Fear of Clowns
Since when did people start getting afraid of clowns? Best guess is maybe after they were shown as lunatics in movies. Movies are filled with scary clowns -Joker, a criminal, who put smiles on the faces of people with a knife.
The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… *do* things.
Their bright make up can also be the reason for being scary. Paint all over the face, big smile and funny behavior creeps people out more.
2) Paraskavedekatriaphobia – Fear of Friday the 13th
It is the advanced form of fear of 13. Movies have been made and books have been written on Friday the 13th. It is considered an unlucky day. People believe if they go out of their house, bad things will happen to them like getting hit by a car, struck by lightning etc. People with this fear red marked the day in their calendar.
3) Trypophobia – fear of objects with small holes close together
This has to be the most bizarre phobia. A shiver runs down people`s spine when they see small holes together. It just shrinks their heart. It can be a honeycomb, fish eggs, or even holes in a cheese. They fear that these holes are dark and unending. They might fall into them and never come back. Some people just find these disgusting in appearance and make their throat go dry.
4) Megalophobia – fear of large things
It is the fear of seeing a large object suddenly. They fear everything that is extremely tall for e.g. – a ship, a plane flying a bit lower (near airports), large statues etc. Common symptoms are – anxiety attacks, sweaty palms and difficulty in breathing. As the logic goes maybe they fear it might fall on them and crush them to death.
5) Scopophobia – fear of being stared at
For some people being scared at is the scariest thing. They feel stripped whenever someone stares at them. They start sweating and get anxious. They feel like running away but are transfixed at the same point. Usually introverts have this fear. They don’t like the spotlight on them and being stared. It makes life difficult for them whenever they go out. They usually cover them up from head to toe and avoid places with too many people.
6) Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces
People start panicking if they go inside a room with no windows. They usually prefer to take the stairs no matter which floor they want to go to. Their mind goes on alert and they start having problems in breathing. Some people actually believe that other people will suck in all the oxygen and they will die of suffocation. Their rate of heart beat is directly proportional to the rate at which people enter the room.
7) Pediophobia – fear of dolls
Dolls are scary too. If you don’t agree, you should see the serials which show the dolls getting possessed. Sometimes if you see a doll hanging on your wall, the hair behind you rises. You can almost feel them staring right back at you. Another explanation for the fear can be that she is a non living thing with all the features of a real human being. Some people are scared that they might come to life.
8) Ommetaphobia- fear of getting things near your eyes or into them
Remember how Rachel freaked out when the eye doctor made a failed attempt to check her eyes? This is ommetaphobia. People freak out whenever anything comes near their eyes. They dread eye doctors. They hate eye drops and would prefer a tablet for eye treatment if that was possible.
9) Peladophobia- Fear of bald men
This has to be the weirdest phobia in this list. Some people are afraid of seeing a bald head. There is no scientific explanation for it, but there are people out there with peladophobia. So an old age home is the last place where you would expect them!
10) Phobophobia- Fear of Having a Fear
The last to qualify for the most bizarre phobias is Phobophobia. Since so many phobias exist, who would not be afraid of having a phobia? Who knows you might have fear of heights, water, fish, cat or anything. People who have phobophobia don’t actually have a phobia but they are afraid of having one. This is harmful for their mental health as they are constantly under fear. They can be seen searching the net for list of phobias and scaring themselves with each one, wondering if they have it.