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List of uncommon and strange phobias

Updated on April 23, 2018
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Billy Haynes is a content writer & Founder of HD Writing Co. He has an interest in many things and experience writing about even more.

We have all heard of the more common phobias such as Arachnophobia (fear of spiders), Acrophobia (fear of heights), Claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) and so on. However, after reading a recent article titled Quelling Phobias and Fears that mentioned some phobias I had never heard of I decided to do a little research to see what the names of some lesser known phobias are. This article is a list of the more interesting ones I have came across.

Social phobias

1. Glossphobia - Fear of public speaking (and I just thought I was shy all these years)
2. Japanophobia - The fear of Japanese
3. Judeophobia - The fear of Jews
4. Papaphobia - The fear of the Pope
5. Russophobia - Fear of Russians
6. Sinophobia - The fear of Chinese and Chinese culture.

Nature Phobias

  • Dendrophobia - The fear of trees
  • Hylophobia - The fear of forests

Animal Phobias

  • Herpetophobia - Fear of Reptiles
  • Lutraphobia - The fear of otters
  • Ophidiophobia - Fear of snakes
  • Ornithophobia Fear of birds
  • Zemmiphobia - The fear of mole rats

Religious related Phobias

  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - the fear of 666
  • Mythophobia - The fear of Folklore Legends
  • Phasmaphobia - Fear of ghosts
  • Placophobia - Fear of tombstones

Strange Phobias

  • Ambulophobia - The fear of walking
  • Arachibutyrophobia-the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (Thanks Belleart)
  • Consecotaleophobia - The fear of chopsticks
  • Dextrophobia - Fear of objects on the right side of the body
  • Ergasiophobia - Fear of work
  • Euphobia - Fear of hearing good news
  • Gymnophobia - Fear of nudity
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquppedaliophobia - Fear of long words (naming this was just evil)
  • Ithyphallophobia - Fear of erections
  • Levophobia - The fear of objects on the left side of the body
  • Linonophobia - Fear of strings
  • Panophobia - These people are in constant fear of everything

Questions for Readers

  1. Do you have a phobia, if so what is it?
  2. Do you know any other strange or lesser known phobias?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Billy Haynes


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    • Bills Place profile imageAUTHOR

      Billy Haynes 

      5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Noneya, thanks for pointing that out. Levophobia should have been"left side".

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      Noneya beeswax 

      5 years ago

      You put the fear of objects on the right side of the body twice with two different names

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      Billy Haynes 

      6 years ago from Paragould, AR

      "Is there a phobia where you fear God", that was a good question and the answer is, yes... It is called "Zeusophobia" which is the fear of God or Gods.

      Your viewpoints are interesting, if you have Facebook and would like to carry on the conversation feel free to add me on Facebook.

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      6 years ago

      Dear Bill Ive listed a lot of things which scare me. Nature is cruel and people are cruel. Car accidents are one of the biggest causes of injury death and pollution. As I wrote previously about premature burial this would be the ultimate in horror. Claustrophobia is my worst fear. Is there a name for a phobia where one fears God? I know in Judaism Christianity and Islam we're supposed to fear God but what if God is evil or partly evil? What if the same God who created lovely roses also created such horrors as the ebola virus? What if God has a Jekyll and Hyde personality? Or what if God is insane? This is also scary. An evil God is scary and an insane God is scary. The Bible says that most humans are doomed to an eternal torture chamber in hell for the next life with fire worms suffocation excrement demons and Satan. Satan and demons are also scary. A God who allows Satan and demons the freedom to cause evil and suffering is not right in the head. That's like allowing Hitler and countless of his evil henchmen eons of freedom to do as they please. In Job God allowed Satan to physically torture Job as a test of faith. I think both God and Satan need to be feared. I continue having nightmares nearly every time I sleep. These hubsites are interesting and informative and have all kinds of subjects. Thank you for letting me write.

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      Billy Haynes 

      6 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Oh wow, thanks for the comment(s). I know what you mean about people not realizing how dangerous it is, but I think if people realized it and really focused on it, even for a day things everyone would live in fear, paranoia and so on like you have explained.

      For example, when we wake up in the morning and get out of bed and put on our shoes how many people think to look first, in the night anything could have crawled in them. At any moment we could slip and break our necks, get hit by a car, etc. But life focused on avoiding everything dangerous is impossible.

      I knew about the fish in the amazon that goes up your urethra, but was not sure of the name, glad I finally know it. Many other things you mentioned (listed below so I can find it easier) I plan to do some research on as they sound interesting. Thanks for reading.


      Boneless and Devil Tiger (the fog stuff?)




      Orange Baboon Tarantula

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      6 years ago

      I continue as anonymous. For years Ive been plagued by nightmares. Ive watched myself sink and drown in an ocean in one nightmare. I believe God is deficient in some manner and I believe in an evil Devilish Demonic Satanic force working invisibly in the world. God is not so good or not so moral or not so wise or not so powerful if He has to allow eons of evils cruelties miseries and horrors. The Devil Satan and demons are stronger and smarter than given credit for and its the Devil and his minions who are winning and who are ruling this screwed up world. Theres no way a loving God can be in total control of this world of cancer malaria mass starvation pollution crimes wars genocides the Holocaust ticks fleas lice centipedes jellyfish car accidents loneliness alienation etc. The world history and prehistory is made up of suffering death and extinctions at least since the time of the Dinosaurs. Read the hubsite Horror movies/How Horror Movies Show the Dark Negative Side by Buzzbee. Ive written about 20 blogs so far for that website talking about human cruelty and about Natural cruelty and I talk about Satan the Devil and demons as causes of evil and suffering. I talk about movies such as The Devil's Rain Rosemary's Baby The Exorcist Legion-Exorcist 3 Legion Beyond the Door Kiss of the Tarantula Tourist Trap Carrie and Centipede Horror. All these movies illustrate human cruelty depravity and malevolence and Nature's cruel violent dangerous side and evil from supernatural beings(such as Satan and demons.) The world is more dangerous than what many people realize. How many people are aware that in parts of the British Isles China and Australia there exist evil fog-like entities callex It Boneless and Devil Tiger which seem to posssess consciousness and intelligence and which attack and chase people and which have an unknown ability to injure and kill its victims? Atmospheric life forms or elemental life forms? Beings from another dimension? Or maybe demons disguised as fog or using fog as a vehicle to injure and kill. Cryptids or unknown animals exist in forests swamps jungles rivers lakes and oceans and many of them are mankillers or maneaters. Ogopogo of Canada and the Lukwata oc Africa are two lake monsters with dangerous reputations. These animals attack and kill people and livestock. The Lukwata kills and eats large Crocodiles and has been known to overturn canoes to kill its occupants. The Lukwata makes loud bellowing roars. The snake like Lau of Africa is also a maneater. There are more or less 20 unknown monstrous animals in Africa and all are mankillers or maneaters. The dinosaur like Mokele-mbembe of the Congo kills any humans coming near it without eating the bodies as its a herbivore. Even the herbivores are violent and dangerous in Africa. Since 2004 I have been hearing voices when I sleep on several occasions. Maybe its clairaudience. I have conversed with these voices telepathically. Some of these voices were Satanic in origin and motivation and are extremely horrific. I have also had poltergeist activity when awake. On one occasion while waking up from bed my shirt was pulled by something invisible. On another occasion in bed I woke up and saw my blanket pulled from me and waved back and forth in a taunting manner by an invisible presence. While sleeping on several occasions I have felt myself be physically manhandled by something invisible. Poltergeists? Evil fairies? Demons? I fear going to hell. The Devil rules this world and not a loving God. The world itself is a nightmare. The world itself is a horror movie. Since I was a child I imagined myself in a bleak desolate dark hell like setting either by myself or with other lost souls like me. Fortunately theres no pain in it and no fire in it but the place is very bleak oppressive sad and utterly hopeless and lonely. The Christian version of hell is described as having fire worms suffocation excrement demons and Satan and the tortures last forever. This is sick fiendish diabolic sadistic malevolent monstrous inhumane cruelty infinitely worse than any horror movie. Absolutely monstrous. A loving merciful God would not do this to so many people. Yes people are sinful and evil but there are more merciful humane intelligent and constructive ways to punish human sin than this. This earthly life is a hell for millions who suffer from diseases starvation crimes wars intense cold intense heat unclean water or no water venomous snake bites scorpion stings hurricanes tsunamis earthquakes slavery loneliness and grievous accidents and injuries.The Orange Baboon Tarantula of Africa is super aggressive and has an unimaginably painful bite which is said to feel like having a hot electric iron on ones body or being set on fire while victims of the Candiru fish of the Amazon go through agonizing pain when the fish enter the urethra. Venomous caterpillars mosquitoes tsetse flies and biting flies make life a hell for both the humans and animals they sting and feed on. There is more evil in the world than our minds can cope with. Bookstores and libraries devote a lot of titles to crime and criminals and wars and diseases and social problems. History current events and the news is largely made up of crimes wars human disasters natural disasters and personal tragedies and mishaps and social ills such as traffic congestion neighborhood feuds juvenile delinquency homelessness poverty unemployment etc. The Devil rules this screwed up world. A loving God does not. I live in fear.

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      6 years ago

      There are lots of things to be scared of as the world and universe is a dangerous scary place and the human body and human mind are vulnerable to suffering. Horrible diseases such as aneurysm stroke heart disease cancer malaria anthrax ebola toothache etc and the endless number of poisons such as cyanide and carbon monoxide and venomous animals such as centipedes brown recluse spiders stonefish cobras vipers mambas assassin bugs bullet ants jellyfish etc and large predators such as sharks crocodiles and big cats and parasites such as tapeworms ticks fleas lice mosquitoes screw worm flies etc. Then theres intense cold and intense heat drowning suffocation and starvation. There are horrible smells such as excrement dead bodies body odor and bug poisons. Theres danger from human beings and from human inventions such as cars chainsaws hammers knives guns bow and arrows bombs etc. Volcanic eruptions vog hurricanes tsunamis and acid rain are other hazards as is falling from cliffs and buildings. Being forced to do slavery is also a horror. Intense pain and intense itching are horrors. The suffering caused by intense endless loneliness is another horror as there are guys such as myself who don't have a girlfriend and who suffer from unrelieved loneliness. Mental torment OCD and depression are more horrors adding and increasing suffering. Theres also the fear of hell or the fear of eternal punishment in the next life with fire worms suffocation demons and Satan. An eternal torture chamber where sinners and unsaved people will be roasting like charcoals forever. Its monstrous inhuman cruelty worse than any horror movie. I fear lakes rivers pools and the ocean as I fear drowning and I fear the numerous predators and numerous venomous pests that live the water such as sharks and jellyfish. Unknown monstrous animals live in lakes and in the ocean such as sea serpents and lake monsters. The ultimate in horror besides hell is premature burial which was the subject of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest fears. Coffins crypts vaults small cellars small attics closets crawlspaces refrigerators a hole in the ground tunnels mines inside chimneys etc can be torture chambers and death traps. It's a horrific fate beyond imagining. Suffocation and claustrophobia. I fear claustrophobia more than anything else. I fear that in the next life as a sort of hell I will be cursed to exist in a claustrophobic state forever. I wont be able to free myself and I wont be able to escape and there will be no end to the torture. In other words it would be like being buried alive inside a coffin forever with no hope of getting out. Its horrific beyond words and worse than any horror movie. Either a cruel evil God or the Devil or cruel evil fate would do this. Just thinking about this is going to drive me to a lunatic hospital. The only thing worse than being buried alive is being buried alive forever. Its too horrific to imagine. I live in fear.

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      Billy Haynes 

      7 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Thanks for reading Belleart, I will add that one to the list. I wonder how many dogs have that phobia...

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      7 years ago from Ireland

      Arachibutyrophobia-the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth! So funny but I do know a bit of what their talking about-it is not a nice feeling :)

    • Bills Place profile imageAUTHOR

      Billy Haynes 

      7 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Awesome, thanks for the comment and link back! :)

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      7 years ago from Southern United States

      Bills Place, this is so cool. Voted up and will link my Quelling Phobia hub with yours.


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