Phobias are irrational fear of various objects, environments or situations that often cause extreme panic and discomfort. We all know someone with arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces), but how about chaetophobia (the fear of hair)?
Read on to see if you have any of the world’s most unusual phobias.
The fear of bathing – word’s root word is Latin, with abluto meaning “a washing.”
Based on the Greek word ergo, which means “work” this is the fear of physical and/or mental labor.
The fear of opinions – based on Greek words for opinion (dox) and different (allo).
From the Greek word philia, which means “Brotherly Love” or “affection,” this is the fear of close friendships.
Somini, the Latin word for “sleep” and this phobia is the fear of falling asleep.
The fear of sunlight, from helio, the Greek word for sun.
The fear of hair, named for the Greek word “khaite,” meaning long or flowing hair
The fear of veggies is named for “lachno” the Greek word for vegetable
Greek haphe, meaning “touch” gives its name to this fear of being touched.
The Greek word oikos means “home.” This phobia is the fear of home surroundings, and has recently been used to describe the fear of your countrymen.
Coulrophobia is the not-so-rare fear of clowns! The unusual part is that the Greek word “coulro” means “one who goes on stilts” rather than “one who wears creepy makeup and lives in a storm drain.”
Don’t tell Coldplay… this is the fear of the color Yellow.
Neophbia is from the Greek word neos, which means “new” or “young” and refers to the fear of trying new foods, routines, etc
Hylophobia is the fear of the woods, from the Greek word hylo, meaning forest.
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The Greek word “turi” means cheese and gives its name to this phobia.
This is, you guessed it, the fear of making decisions! You might not guess that the root word is Latin “de-cido,” which means “to cut off.” Sounds way scarier.
“Gephura” is the Greek word meaning bridge, and this is the fear of bridges.
Descendophobia & Ascendophobia
As the names imply, these are the fears of descending (going down) and ascending (going up) stairs, hills, ramps, elevators etc.
The word comes from the Greek word “trypa,” meaning hole, and applies to fear of groups of holes, especially if those are somewhat uneven as in organic shapes.
From the Greek word ombro which means rain, ombrophobia is a fear of rain.
From the Greek word “kronos,” meaning time, this is the fear of time passing.
Phagophobia is the fear of swallowing, coming from the Greek word phago, which means “eat.”
From the Greek word omphalo, meaning navel, Omphalophobia is a fear of belly buttons. If you suffer from it, you can have cosmetic surgery to get rid of yours!
Hagiophobia is the fear of Saints and holy things.
As FDR famously said, “the only thing to fear is fear itself,” and Phobophobia is just that.