30 Surprisingly Strange and Unusual Phobias

Phobias: What do we really fear?

The word Phobia comes from a Greek word "Phobos" which means "Fear". This is a type of anxiety disorder defined as persistent fear of an object or situation. People who have phobias suffer a great length in avoiding these situations and things and are really extremely afraid of it.

We might find some phobias really crazy or funny but these are serious things for people who might happen to have that certain phobia.

Phobias vary on people. There are things that only you are afraid of but others may see it as a simple thing.

For example, I have Eleutherophobia, that is, fear of freedom. I've searched throughout the net and find that this phobia is really strange and rare to people. Who doesn't want freedom anyway?

I have listed here 30 Phobias that I find surprisingly rare and unusual; that you don't think people are suffering from these kinds of phobias.

Fear of beautiful women
Fear of beautiful women
Fear of flowers
Fear of flowers
Fear of falling in love
Fear of falling in love
Fear of trees
Fear of trees
Fear of clothes
Fear of clothes
Fear of money
Fear of money
  1. Pantophobia – Fear of everything

  2. Philophobia – Fear of falling in love or being in love

  3. Bibliophobia - Fear of books

  4. Cacophobia - Fear of ugliness (i know some!)

  5. Styrophobia - Fear of Styrofoams

  6. Alektorophobia – Fear of chickens or other feathered creatures or flying animals.

  7. Koumpounophobia – Fear of buttons

  8. Estiophobia – Fear of clothes

  9. Eleutherophobia – Fear of freedom

  10. Euphobia – Fear of hearing good news (how bad can it be?)

  11. Gnosiophobia – Fear of knowledge

  12. Kathisophobia – Fear of sitting down

  13. Dendrophobia – Fear of trees

  14. Metrophobia – Fear or hatred of poetry

  15. Nomatophobia – Fear of names

  16. Optophobia – Fear of opening one's eyes

  17. Papyrophobia – Fear of paper

  18. Plutophobia – Fear of wealth (wow, can i just have your wealth?)

  19. Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women

  20. Koniophobia – Fear of dust

  21. Anthrophobia – Fear of flowers

  22. Barophobia – Fear of gravity

  23. Chrematophobia – Fear of money (really? seriously?)

  24. Dipsophobia – Fear of drinking

  25. Graphophobia – Fear of writing or handwriting

  26. Ambulophobia – Fear of walking

  27. Ereuthrophobia – Fear of blushing

  28. Hypertrichophobia – Fear of hair

  29. Ancraophobia – Fear of wind

  30. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – Fear of long words

These are only the few of the hundred types of phobias lurking around in the dark. There are hundreds of phobias because every man has its unique perspective and outlook towards everything and may develop fear out of it.

People who knew someone who has phobia should be aware of his own actions and avoid doing things that could trigger someone's fear.

The main cause of these phobias is a traumatic event that happened way back and we developed this fear. It may not easy to overcome and some people have to go under treatment or therapy.


When we were still young, my younger sister used to scare me with chickens to get what she wants.

I really don’t know where and what started this fear but it can really cause me fever when exposed too much!

If she's mad, she would get the chickens and would run after me. I would scream until the end of the street, running as fast as I could while screaming, the heart palpitating above normal. Then she would laugh.

It was really a messy childish thing to do but it works for her. She doesn’t do it when our mom's around, afraid of being scolded.

Now that we're old enough, she outgrew those little 'blackmails' on me... but sad to say, I'm still stuck with that phobia.

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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Interesting article on phobias. There were some I never heard of. I guess we all have our phobias based upon incidents that we might not even be aware of. I have a fear of spiders and snakes and I'm not sure why and also a fear of heights so I try to avoid them. Voted up!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well Spy....If I've read accurately and I'm not mistaken...looks like we can create a phobia for pretty much anything.......everything....everywhere!!

What would we call a fear of phobias?? LOL.....Sorry, I couldn't resist!

Very interesting hub. I enjoyed reading this.....actually, I may have had a few of these at a time or two.....UP+++

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Me too, i have Acrophobia, fear of heights, i also have fear of snakes.. many people have this fear, i guess. Thank you so much! Isnt it weird that they have these phobias..strange but actually happening!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you Fp. Hehehe its Phobophobia, fear of phobias.. I never know someone that has fear of phobias...i think only for a specific object..but I dont want to have that "fear of everything" lol too scary.

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Loved reading about all the different phobias (some I knew and yet some I didn't). Also enjoyed hearing about your own phobia and how your sister used it to her advantage. Great and have shared and voted all over!!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hehehe thank you so much Janine. Yeah, used to give her money or anything from my closet just to stop. Hehehe :))

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

LOL, very interesting! I like the Fear of long words..... Come on, can we scare the person more!?! Hehe

Mine is a normal phobia.... Hights! Don't let me climb that ladder, I will not be able to come down :)

Very nice, M! Sharing.....

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Fear of writing and handwriting? I know not everyone loves writing but how do you even make it through one year of school with that kind of philosophy. Metrophobia seems to be common for some people- it just seems like they're overwhelmed by poetry. But this is definitely and interesting and cool hub.

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I guess I never stopped to think about all these fears of different things. Thanks for such an interesting read!

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Fascinating, how can someone be afraid of knowledge when life itself is all about acquiring knowledge? I find phobias so interesting I'd love to know why people have a particular irrational fear.

Great work Unknown.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I can understand your phobia, but some of these are really wow. Clothes? What do they do? I use to have a fear of being in a car but that was after a car accident and although I got over this fear it took a number of years. Good info and very interesting.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

hahhahaha. these phobias made me laugh. I don't have any phobias. I used to be scared of the dark when I was little. I didn't know there was a phobia on buttons. voted up interesting!

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xanzacow 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

Number 30 is quite ironic. How would the person ever talk about their fear?

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

Quite ironic how the fear of long words is seriously the longest word I've seen! There are a lot of unique phobia listed here. I had no idea so many of them existed. But then again, I guess for anything that exists, there can be someone afraid of it.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I'm still scared of the dark. I'm like you though, I couldn't live anywhere were's there's snakes just seeing them on PBS shows I cover my eyes or just don't watch.

Voted up and very interesting , Joyce.

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Interesting list of fears. I am just glad that most of us do not suffer from Estiophobia. And sadly although they may sound absurd to those who do not suffer from them for those who do, it is a difficult journey to become disentangled from them.

Thanks for sharing with us.

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a very interesting hub. That is a lot of phobias. It is very interesting. What causes those kinds of phobias. You did a very good job.

Voted up.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was interesting Spy! I have to agree with Paula...it appears that anything we fear already has a name....there's a challenge, to come up with a new fear nobody has thought of. :)

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Whoa. Am sure Chrematophobia is not a common phobia! LOL! This is one cool hub, Myz, and am sharing it and giving it a huge vote too. Excellent!

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Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Interesting list of unusual phobias! One can't imagine that any of these actually exist! ^_^

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I have the FEAR of CHICKENS too! And then, anything with feathers that is! Maury's Show on Phobias set me screaming, running and crying when I saw the chicken episode.

I'm glad you did not include Ugly photos of chickens! I get chicken nightmares and I always think that one day, I'll just stop breathing in bed from a chicken coming in my sleep.

Useful, funny and interesting!

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Shawnte87 4 years ago

Very interesting phobias! I've never heard of any of these, I find the fear of buttons and longs words to be the strangest. I used to suffer from Agoraphobia back in highschool. Many people think it's strange, but it's hard to explain and most people misunderstand it if they've never experienced it before.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

There are certainly a lot of fears I didn't know existed. The clothes, sitting down, names and flowers are very strange. I can't imagine how the fear of wealth could affect anyone! Interesting post!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing. I had an unusual childhood, so I have some interesting little phobias. (like receiving gifts)

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This was a fun read. My Schnauzer, Baby, and I share one phobia: loud noises like firecrackers and thunder...

I voted this UP.

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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Wow! Very interesting! Who knew there were so many phobias? Thank you for this informative hub!

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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

What a fun Hub. Now who would have chrematophobia or euphobia - not me! Thanks for a great read!

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend M . great hub loved reading about these unusual phobias and did not know any of these . Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

What an interesting hub! Is that number 30 even for real or is it just a joke? It is a lot easier to understand your fear of chickens. A fear of words? Odd.

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your description of your fear of chickens and the list of phobias are very interesting, unknown spy. The phobia list is also rather sad. Some of the phobias would seriously interfere with a person's life!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Lathing, Alecia, Deb, Jo, Jackie, Lovedoctor, Xanza, Mary, Joyce, Pstraubie, Michele, Bill, Michelle, Rosyel, Coffee, Shawn, Dianna, Mhatter, Mary, Btrbell, Suzie, Tom, Dr.Mark, Alicia..

thanks for reading guys..really strange isnt it? like the fear of wealth or money (certainly i dont have this phobia. hehehe just like Suzie!!)

and the fear of long words..or writing..gets weirder and weirder :))

Appreciate all your comments guys..

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Original and interesting !! A great read and enjoy your day.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Myz -

Interesting read. I actually did a study on fears a few years back. At that time, there were over 234 types of "fear/phobias" in existence. My study was to show that the government was using fears instead of logic in the banning of exotic animals for private ownership in the state. I have a fear of HPcommentingphobea. I just am scared to death to make comments, as you can tell! : ) Great Job!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hello eddy. thank you so much for this nice message :)

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks Rich. there are just so many phobias..some we dont know yet nor heard.. your phobia made me smile haha thanks a bunch!

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quicksand 4 years ago

Amazing indeed there is a phobia for just about everything! As for me, I have "Skfallophobia!" This is a fear that the sky might fall on my head.

So I wear a hat when I am outdoors. That way the sky should fall on my hat instead. So for everybody with Skyfallophobia I recommend wearing a hat when outdoors.!

(:----- Wide Smile-----:)

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm sorry about your phobia! It isn't funny to the sufferer. It's kind of ironic that the word for "fear of long words" is the longest word I've ever seen! I have a friend who has a fear of rainbows. I don't know if there's an official term for it. Her mother told her a fable when she was young that rainbows would chase her and take her away. Ever since then, she's morbidly afraid of them! Fear comes in all sizes and shapes. : ) This was very well written and interesting. Thank you!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting list of phobias. I never had an idea that such phobias existed. Thanks for sharing.

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Vicky022389 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

I can't believe some of these! I mean fear of freedom? crazy! Thanks for the interesting article!!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is very informative. I have trypophobia. I don't think it is a bizzare of some of these you have discovered. I can't imagine having a fear of wealth! Excellent information!

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anupma 4 years ago from India

Great article. I dnt know but animals scare me. I don't know which type of phobia it is? But animals specially flying birds horrifies me.

Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good stuff........Amazing to know different kinds of Phobias,never being heard before ..........thanks for sharing such an important and unique information

Hope for more such information from your side

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ElleBee 4 years ago

Very interesting! I didn't know there were so many different phobias. I know someone who has a phobia of chickens also (poultry in general actually). He grew up on a chicken farm and was scarred by watching a few too many butcherings.

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing all these phobias with us. I guess I would say I may suffer with Philophobia. When I find it I can't seem to hang on to it for very long. It's fleeting like my work.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Quicksand, Vespawoolf, Rajan, Vicky, Tammy, Anupma, Carrie, ElleBee,

thank you so much guys for the wonderful comments!! :)

@vincent..it happens.i know one or two friends who have Philophobia as well.. but for sure...i dont have Chrematophobia :))

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Ha Ha. I suppose that's why I suffer with Philphobia, she left me broke and now I don't have anymore money. LOL

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Lol.. you know what, that's the same reason my friend had! the girl just took away his money and left for good,,now he fears that if he falls in love, another girl would just take advantage of him. well..girls don't have chrematophobia :))

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Nora411 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Very interesting hub! And don't feel too bad a friend of mine also shares your phobia lol . Voting up and interesting!

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Imagine being in fear of knowledge or trees? How sad.

Spy - You are probably tired of hearing this from me but you always choose such fascinating subjects. Great job AGAIN!

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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Some of these are hard to fathom but it's interesting how there are people with these fears. Excellent topic M, voting up and rating interesting and awesome :)

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Unknown, great idea for a hub. Wow, never knew someone could be scared of beautiful women and books. I feel for those people though. Voted up, useful, funny, interesting, and shared.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Nora, Beckie, James, Thelyricwriter

Thank you guys the the continued support. I appreciate it a lot.

@Beckie, thanks for always believing in me :)

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of fears. Unfortunately, fears can be debilitating. I would not wish these phobias on anyone.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much Nancy!

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub! Phobias are common. It can either be innate or genetic. I have phobia of ghosts & devils as well as darkness, which is quite common. My family-members are very scared of lizards - this phobia is common in my country. I heard that one relative is scared of Barbie dolls! Hence I understand your phobia.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi Ish..lots of people really afraid of lizard..im afrain too but not that scared..what's strange is, im also afraid of freedom.. :( just realized it now..

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chamilj 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

Interesting Hub. Most of them I never heard before.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much Chamilj.

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Dontei 4 years ago

I have heard off only about half of these phobias before. Considering I am the go to source for any unusual information, that is an impressive feat! Thanks for the great hub.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Dontei, thank you for reading..find my fear of freedom quite strange...

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Hey, Spy! How ever did this topic pop into your sweet head? tee hee! I think I suffer from phiaphobia, although not entirely. Is there a phobia for one who prefers to be single?????

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hey Sha! how are you..im back after a long vaca.. :) hahaha im going to find out i think i have a phobia on that one ;00 how's your day?

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rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

Awesome hub spy :) Thumbs up! Well, I like to sleep without dreams.. I'm so scared of dreams I see while I'm asleep and I have fear of falling in love or being in love with someone special.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much RD... wow, i never thought about that... fear of dreams.. sounds unusual!

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Gladys Familaran 4 years ago

Hello Spy! I just want to ask since you're afraid of chickens, do you not eat them too? I love fried chickens! :D

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hahaha!! nice one Glad. Great to see you stopped by. Just wondering why you stopped writing hubs lately? Nope, i love fried chickens!! hehehe

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Gladys Familaran 4 years ago

I can't think of anything to write. And though I have some topics in mind, I find it hard to translate my ideas from Tagalog to English. Hehe. I hope someday I could be like you...

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

well, you could start with experiences, day by day things that you want to share to us.. always practice to think in English and not in Fil.. and read a lot so as you could think of ideas and topics to write! Goodluck and waiting for your next hub.

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Who wouldn't be afraid of words as long as hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia? How about let's shorten it to hippoliophobia? I'm curious about your fear of freedom. What are some things you might avoid doing because of that fear?

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello B. that's a good shortcut! love it! its a long story about that fear. . :( i dont have any idea though how to overcome it.

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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Alektorophobia is what I have! I'm scared to death of birds. They're just up to no good in my opinion lol. I had some swooping down at me and I've nightmares about birds trying to get at me... CRAZINESS! Nice read, though. ;)

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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much Aubrey. I have alektorophobia too! it's crazy!

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