10 Weird Phobias That Exist

10 Weird Phobias That Exist

10 Weird Phobias That Exist.

A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. People who have phobia, tend to panic when they are faced with the source of their fear. They’d do anything to avoid that which they fear.

There are so many types of phobias — many of which are common such as fear of heights, fear of dirt, fear of public speaking and so on. But this time around, we will take a look at 10 weird phobias that exist.


Ablutophobia: Fear of bathing

This is the excessive fear of bathing, cleaning, or washing. This disorder falls under the category of specific phobias which can be defined as irrational fears centered around a particular situation.

This is a very unrealistic fear yet there are people who suffer from it. Research shows that sufferers are mostly women and children than men.

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Somniphobia: Fear of sleep

This is the abnormal fear of sleep. Nightmares could be responsible for this and sometimes, people develop this phobia without a clear cause.


Ambulophobia: Fear of walking

This is the irrational fear of walking. People with ambulophobia are afraid to walk at all. Do they think they’ll fall or are they afraid that the ground will sink? As weird as this may seem, it actually does exist.


This is the fear of faeces. Yup! You read right. It is the fear of faeces of any kind. Don’t get it. Do faeces bite? Do these people even use the toilet since it comes out from them? How do they react when they excrete? Just wondering.

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Cibophobia: Fear of food

This is the fear of food. People who suffer from it are literally afraid of food and drinks. Cibophobia is different from anorexia. Anorexia is the fear of the effect of food on body image while cibophobia is fear of actual food. But really though, why should anyone be afraid of food?


This phobia has to do with swallowing. Sufferers are usually afraid to swallow and avoid swallowing food for fear of choking to death.


Amathophobia is the excessive and irrational fear of dust. This disorder makes people afraid of dust even when they are aware that the dust poses no threat.


Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women

This may sound very unreal and I can understand why but it is a real condition. Caligynephobia is the abnormal, excessive and irrational fear of beautiful women. Like what?! Yup! Some men are terribly afraid of beautiful women. This condition is also known as Venustraphobia.


Cherophobia: Fear of happiness

This is the abnormal and irrational fear of being happy or rejoicing. As crazy as it sounds, it is an issue. Sometimes, perception is responsible for this in the sense that happiness in the lives of such people may have been short lived.

Therefore, for fear of being disappointed, they choose not to show any form of excitement or happiness. This is not because they are sad people, they just want to avoid what they perceive may end up in suffering or disappointment.


Apparently is the fear of long words. How does one even pronounce this? It is longer than all the letters of the alphabet. It seems like a group of people just threw in letters to coin this word. I can understand why people are afraid of long words. I get it. 😀

Okay! So there you have it. These are 10 weird phobias that exist but you probably didn’t know about. Did you know about these before now? Are there more that should have been listed? Share your thoughts.


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Viano Dee

Viano Dee is a non niche blogger, poet, songwriter and a hardcore romantic who believes that life is something that we all should be positive about. She writes about life generally with the hope that positive change will occur even if it's just in one person. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.