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10 Unusual Phobias You Didn't Know Existed

Updated on October 27, 2015
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Marc Hubs - Writer/Researcher on Mind, Science, Psychology/Psychiatry, Metaphysics & Consciousness. Author of Reflections Of NPD.

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Some phobias are fairly common and are quite well known, such as arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or claustrophobia (the fear of enclosed spaces).

There are, however, many other more weird and bizarre phobias out there that are not that well known and which only a small number of people suffer with.

Here are ten of the more peculiar phobias out there:

1. Pognophobia

Pognophobia is the rather peculiar fear of beards. Yes, it's true that some people suffer with an irrational fear of beards.

As you can imagine, men who suffer with this phobia tend to shave every day. They also tend to stay well away from people like the guys from ZZ Top, Jesus and Santa.

Alternatively, pognology is the academic study of beards.

2. Consecotaleophobia

Consecotaleophobia is the unusual fear of chopsticks.

As you can probably appreciate, eating out at Chinese and Japanese restaurants can be difficult for consecotalephobes, who would probably be better off taking their own spoon and hiding in the corner... or staying at home... or maybe not going to a Chinese/Japanese restaurant!

3. Pentheraphobia

Extremely common amongst married men, although they try hard to disguise it, pentheraphobia is the fear of your mother-in-law.

It takes no genius to work out that this irrational fear is much more common in men than it is in women. In fact, it's quite difficult to find a married man who doesn't suffer with pentheraphobia!

4. Lachanophobia

Lachanophobia is the irrational fear of vegetables. Lachanophobia shouldn't be confused with those who simply do not like or who refuse to eat vegetables. They are not lachanophobes. Real lanachophobes have a very real persistent fear of vegetables.

Lachanophobes always tend to avoid the fruit and veg section whenever they go shopping, although standing at the counter next to other customer's vegetables can be quite frightening.

5. Nomophobia

Becoming more common in recent times for obvious reasons, nomophobia is the irrational fear of not having a signal on your mobile phone.

According to some sources, as many as 50% of the people in the UK were found to suffer with this phobia. So, next time you see someone breaking down in the street, phone in hand, and curling up frozen with fear in the corner of a shop doorway, remember to offer to let them use your phone.

6. Aibohphobia

Aibohphobia was coined by computer geeks in the 1980's and is the phobia of palindromes. A palindrome is, of course, a word that is spelled the same backwards as it is forwards.

Whereas words like pop and did are fine examples, another word is racecar and of course, the word aidbophobia is a palindrome itself.

7. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Rather ironically, Hhippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the irrational fear of long words. Of course, because this phobia's name is so long, just learning that you have it can be a traumatic experience.

People who suffer with this phobia tend to stay away from places like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which, of course, is a well known place in North Wales in the UK.

8. Oikophobia

Oikophobia is the fear of ordinary everyday household appliances. This could be irons, washing machines, refrigerators, microwaves, television sets and telephones.

Obviously, oikophobes tend to get very little washing done, they prefer to order food, although they don't speak on the phone and many of them have homes which are pretty much empty... or they live outside where they know they are safe.

9. Heliophobia

Heliophobia is the irrational fear of the sun, or sunlight. Heliphobia is actually probably a little more common that you would expect, although it does seem to be a lot more common amongst vampires and zombies.

On a more serious note, those who suffer with heliophobia can end up suffering with vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of sunlight.

10. Chrometophobia

Chrometophobia is the irrational fear of money and, of course, we all know that money is the root of all evil and therefore it makes sense that some people would suffer with this phobia.

Chrometophobes are popular amongst employers because the employers know that the chrometophobes would rather not get paid anyway.

Chrometophobes tend to stay away from banks, building societies, supermarkets and even local stores where there is likely to be a lot of money and they never do the lottery!

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      Tamara Moore 11 months ago

      Ha! I knew about #9! But, I had not heard of the rest! Hmm, the fear of Vegetables and the fear of Not Having a Cell Phone Signal did give me a bit of a laugh :-). And, the fear of long words is such a loooong word to pronounce! Fascinating!


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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      This is really a fun hub and I laughed through it.

      I’ve known that some of these fears exist, but I just didn’t know the name. My observations:

      Lachanophobia: Some people say that plants speak to them. These people must have been frightened by Gerber carrots as a baby.

      Aibohphobia. What a shame. I work all day long with words, and I think that palindromes are fun creatures. But I’m almost hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic myself.

      My husband apparently has oikophobia. He fears the mop, broom, dustpan, etc.

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      Sparkster Publishing 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hmm, you would think that the choice to grow a beard is a basic human right, at least for men. Therefore it makes sense that forcing someone to shave against their will would be illegal.

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      wiserworld 2 years ago

      The fear of beards may be supported by my second half. Apparently it is illegal to force someone to shave in some states but the law isn't enforced anymore.

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      Sparkster Publishing 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Either that or you just have a very scary mother-in-law! Lol.

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      Lana Adler 2 years ago from California

      I'm actually one of those rare women afflicted by pentheraphobia :)

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      Sparkster Publishing 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Aha, thanks. You know, when I started this hub I was going to go into detail about how such peculiar phobias can be developed but I found myself coming up with other ideas instead! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sparkster....OK, I got me. I began reading in total trust you were going to educate me in all seriousness on phobias I'd never heard of. Well yes, you did that but I could tell by my laughter that there's very little "serious" here. Thank you...very timely. I truly needed a dose of the giggles. I'm still laughing....

      Truth is, I have a few phobias. They're very real to me of course, but I'm sure seem silly or shall I say, "unnecessary" to most.

      I LOVE this hub. Laughter always makes me feel good!