Franklin D Roosevelt once said, there is nothing to fear but fear itself’, well, some people wouldn’t agree to this line. The sufferer’s of the below-mentioned phobias definitely would not agree to this as it seems, there is a lot to fear including fear itself! The accurate definition of the phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. Here’s presenting you these ten phobias which are bizarre and random!
CHROMATOPHOBIA: FEAR OF COLOURS
For the sufferer’s of this phobia, it must be an incredibly tough job living in this world! While there are phobias for a particular color as well but this phobia applies to all colors in general. For one of us, if and when we see a rainbow, we’re delighted and happy on seeing it but for these people, it is a nightmare for them! Can you believe it? This phobia is created by the subconscious as a defense mechanism and in most cases, it has something to do with a traumatic experience where one color or many colors are involved.
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SOMNIPHOBIA: FEAR OF FALLING ASLEEP
Unlike insomnia, sufferers of Somniphobia are genuinely afraid to fall asleep. Many of them believe that they will never wake up or that they will die in their sleep. Others fear the lack of control they have while sleeping or the repetitive nightmares they may have. Not only this, but many sufferers are afraid of losing the time that will lapse while they sleep. This phobia is caused by a combination of trauma, a genetic predisposition. The manifestation of this and many other phobias usually shows in a similar way to an anxiety attack.
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OMPHALOPHOBIA: FEAR OF BELLY BUTTONS
I am sure that this one is really hard to believe. Sufferers are effectively afraid of their own bodies in a way! Many of them connect bellybuttons with the womb and the umbilical cord and are incredibly repulsed by their appearance to the point where they cannot see or touch a bellybutton including their own. While this is generally not one that evokes panic type symptoms, sufferers report feeling disgusted or fearful in the presence of navels including their own. The more severe sufferers show feelings of fear that their insides will spill out through their navel.
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PAPAPHOBIA: FEAR OF THE POPE
One of the more rare phobias, papaphobia is associated with a fear of all things papal. It is generally triggered by a trauma that is in some way connected to the papacy or to the Vatican, though what the rationale behind the fear is, remains unclear. As with most other phobia symptoms, sweating, breathlessness, dizziness, and nausea can occur.
ALLODOXAPHOBIA: FEAR OF OPINIONS
People who suffer from this phobia are generally not interested in taking or listening to anyone else’s opinion other than their own. A phobia like this usually results from being in an environment where you or your opinions are not valued and it has close connections with low self-esteem and emotional abuse. There are also connections with a fear of confrontation.
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AMBULOPHOBIA: FEAR OF WALKING
A fear of walking is most commonly a result of an injury related to falling. The fear can also be evoked by an illness that causes pain while standing or walking. For the most part, this phobia has its origins in social anxiety but in certain cases, the cause is as simple as embarrassment from a limp or injury and comments being made consistently which results in the sufferer developing a complex.
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ARACHIBUTYROPHOBIA: FEAR OF PEANUT BUTTER GETTING STUCK TO THE ROOF OF THE MOUTH
Yes, this is actually a phobia whether you believe it or not! This is a frightening reality for some people. In most cases, the root of the fear is the possibility of choking or even in the texture of the food but in the majority of cases, it shows a panic or anxiety attack. Some people develop the fear of peanut butter after learning of its severe effects on people who are allergic to nuts. As one of the most deadly allergies, this is somewhat understandable or is it, really?
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OMMATOPHOBIA: FEAR OF THE EYES
This is considered a social phobia because it involves social situations. It usually stems from being involved in or witnessing, a trauma to the eye. It could even be as simple as a cartoon showing eyes popping out of a character’s head. In many cases, this can be an extremely crippling phobia as it can be considered rude in many cultures not to make eye contact.
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ANABLEPHOBIA: FEAR OF LOOKING UP
For some, this stems from a fear of the unknown, fear of our insignificance and the size of the universe. For others, they fear this in combination with a fear of gravity believing they will be crushed if they look up. Where some of us love looking up at the stars on a starry night or the clouds, these particular people do not look in wonder at the stars, this fills them with absolute panic and dread, to a point where they find it difficult to cope.
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PANOPHOBIA: FEAR OF EVERYTHING
Exactly how it sounds- you are afraid of literally everything! As you can imagine, it would be incredibly difficult to live day to day in a constant state of fear. Yes, it is possible to be afraid of being afraid! More specifically, it is a fear of the symptoms that anxiety brings or the fear of developing a phobia.
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But, if you’re one of those who has a particular phobia. It would be better if you go and talk to someone about it. Maybe, a therapist.