Unusual phobias do exist. I myself actually suffer from two of the mentioned ultra-freak phobias below. I am not going to mention which ones just in case you use it against me when times are difficult. I only have these two though, I don’t even have a normal phobia like fear of spiders or hights.
A phobia is described as an irrational fear of an object, situation or living thing. It is actually the feeling which the object causes the sufferer to experience. While fear is a natural response to danger, phobias often occur in response to something unlikely to cause real harm.
Phobias are characterized by significant distress and often lead to the person avoiding the source of their fear. While most of us have heard of common phobias, there are many unusual, less mentioned about phobias. Here is a list of the freako-phobias you may have never heard of:
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of Long Words
Yep, it exists. Unfortunately for people who are afraid of long words, the name of this phobia really doesn't help. The fear is often brought upon by being laughed at while reading or pronouncing long words — usually in school-age children.
Ablutophobia: Fear of Washing, Bathing or Cleaning
Ablutophobia is a total headache when you're a kid… Who really wants to take a bath when you're three? But if it continues into adulthood, one can get a little smelly or spend way too much on wet-wipes. Not wanting to bathe may stem from an accident involving water or experiencing abuse as a child that involved water or bathing. Who knows if it’s now eradicated due to Covid-19…
Nomophobia: Fear of Being Without a Phone
Terrified of being without your cell phone? There's a phobia for that. Those with nomophobia — also called cell phone addiction have anxiety or panic attacks over losing or leaving their phones behind. They’re obsessed about checking them throughout the day. Sounds like the social media addicts in fact, like 90% of today’s society…
Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to the Roof of the Mouth
This one is my favorite indeed! To be clear, people who have arachibutyrophobia aren't afraid of the creamy deliciousness that is peanut butter. They're specifically afraid of it getting stuck to the roofs of their mouths. Which happens most of the time…
Pentheraphobia: Fear of Mothers-in-Law
It’s allright that almost everyone is a little afraid of their mother-in-law, especially in certain cultures. But this phobia takes things to the next level. Usually it comes on after experiencing some sort of traumatic event and I don’t want to know which one.
Chloephobia: Fear of Newspapers
Newspapers provide us with everything from the news to crosswords, but some people can't even be near one. A fe people who have struggled with this fear all their lives explain: "don't like the feel of them". "touching a newspaper feels like my skin is crawling, and I can't stand the smell."
Ancraophobia or Anemophobia: Both terms are used to define the fear of wind. People who suffer from ancraophobia tend to become anxious out of doors and near open windows. Anxious feelings can also manifest themselves when passing hand dryers or overhead air vents. It is believed that the fear is triggered by an experience embedded in the person’s subconscious. I want to add though that a research made on people living nearby wind tribunes for a long period of time shows that almost all subjects reported headaches and ‘’poor mental health’’.
Alektorophobia: Fear of Chickens
Whether someone's fear of chickens stems from a chicken attack, being afraid of this bird isn't a fun phobia to have. An alektrophobian wrote about her phobia, saying she's scared of "their talons and their beaks, and her eyes being ripped out of their sockets."
Spectrophobia: Spectrophobia is a fear of mirrors and one’s own reflection. The phobia tends to stem from a traumatic event involving mirrors – perhaps the fear of apparitions or ghosts being in the mirror – or low self-esteem related to one’s physical appearance.
Chorophobia: Chorophobia is the fear of dancing and is something that, unfortunately, even alcohol can’t fix. It also manifests itself into a fear of any situation, event or person that is associated with dancing. The phobia is usually associated with social phobias – particularly fear of crowds.
Xanthophobia: Fear of the color yellow
Xanthophobia is the fear of the color yellow. People with xanthophobia are usually also afraid of any object that is yellow, such as taxis and flowers. People with xanthophobia may avoid the color yellow at all costs.
Kosmemophobia: Fear of Jewelry
From bracelets to necklaces, certain metal objects can cause people to feel so physically repulsed they might even throw up. It is a condition that causes one to feel great discomfort and strange reactions when ‘’confronted’’ with jewelry. When a girlfriend or mother asks a kosmemophobian to undo their necklace, they find it absolutely disgusting!
For people who have kosmemophobia, even just seeing something shiny and necklessy can make your “skin crawl” or trigger levels of revulsion so intense they may lead to feelings of vomiting.
A kosmemophobian once said: ‘’jewelry grosses me out; it just freaks me out. I don't really like being around it," he explained. "Everyone thought I was making it up as some excuse not to get married, but it just kind of grosses me out, always has. It's one of those things. For others its reptilians or cockroaches but for me it's jewelry."
Pogonophobia: Fear of Beards
Aren’r they scruffy, bushy and scary? Anyone with a pogonophobia isn't too fond of beards. This fear usually stems from a frightening incident involving a bearded man (or perhaps a bearded woman), or the thought that men with beards are scary people.
Koumpounophobia: This one is the fear of buttons, a relatively rare condition. Like any phobia, the specific fear may vary dramatically between sufferers. Some people are afraid of the texture of certain buttons. Others feel that buttons are somehow dirty. Some only fear touching or wearing buttons, while others are scared of viewing buttons worn by strangers or friends.
I reckon people may actually feel disgusted by buttons rather than being afraid of them. Researchers have theorized that fear and disgust are heavily linked. If you are disgusted by the texture of some buttons, you might begin to dread handling them. Over time, this dread could worsen to include all buttons, even those that are of a different texture. You might also begin to fear seeing buttons, even if you are not required to touch them.
Interestingly, most people with a texture-related fear of buttons seem to be especially afraid of plastic buttons. Metal buttons, such as those on jeans, are not a common object of fear.
In 2007, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed his button phobia to the Wall Street Journal. His phobia extended far beyond clothing buttons, ironically setting the stage for what was arguably the forward-thinking company's most remarkable success. If Steve Jobs had not been afraid of buttons, would touchscreens exist today?
‘’I remember once going into a shop and checking out a jacket which was super cool. Until I saw that it had buttons all over its back side. I screamed and said it has buttons. The shop attendant girl said that her best friend also has this phobia and I was really relieved’’ reports a sufferer. People with button phobia may be affected by the following signs and symptoms: Unable to stand the sight, sounds, or the texture of buttons. Feeling of panic, dread, or terror while seeing or thinking about buttons.
At the end of the day, freako-phobia people acknowledge that the fear goes beyond normal limits and is superfluous. However, their reactions are usually automatic, uncontrollable, and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts. Therefore, they need our compassion. In fact the whole World needs compassion, so just be nice and compassionate. Thank you for reading my freakology.