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Top 10 most unusual phobias

Updated on June 29, 2011

My Top 10 most unusual Phobias.

Thers are hundreds of phobias out there, some common some not so commom. In school one day a teacher passed out a list of all these different phobias and I couldn't believe how many there were. There's a phobia for just about everything.

Anyway since then I've looked through lists about all kinds of different phobias and these are my top 10 most unusal phobias that I've come across. I'm not talking about the ones you always hear about like claustraphobia (fear of closed spaces) or arachnaphobia (fear of spiders). I'm talking about the really obscure, weird, and unusual phobias. But let's first start with the definition of the word phobia.

Phobia- an irrational, excessive, and persistent fear of something or situation.

According to "Webster's New World Dictionary"

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#10 Most unusual phobia.

Geliophobia: Fear of laughter

It is an overwhelming and abnormal fear of laughter and/or being around others who laugh.

Now this can almost seem funny but sufferers of this affliction can have extreme anxiety about laughing at the wrong time and find movies, jokes, and comedic situations very stressful. They may be afraid of their own laughter, laughing at an inappropriate time, or at someone else's specific laughter. This may seem impossible to you but like with most phobias it probably comes from a traumatic event in the geliophobics past, or your mind can create a phobia seemingly without reason.

Sources:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/list-of-all-phobias-and-their-meanings.html

Funny Phobias

Check out this skit making light of phobias. However, if you suffer from the phobia mentioned above you might wanna just skip this part.

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#9 Most unusual Phobia

Nephophobia: It is an unusual and irrational fear of clouds.

Mmmm... interesting.

People can also suffer from Anablephobia: which is an irrational and persistent fear of looking up; and not only at the sky, but ceilings and tall buildings, etc.

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#8 Most Unusual Phobia

Hedonophobia: It is an overwhelming and persistent fear of feeling pleasure. People suffering from this phobia usually feel guilty about the fact that they are indulging in a pleasurable activity while others around them or in the world are suffering with

At every party there's a pooper that's why we invited you.

But seriously this could really wreck someone's social life. Imagine.

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#7 Most Unusual Phobia

Levophobia:It is an irrational and persistent fear of things to the left side of the body.

This may seem strange thing to fear but people seem to have had this particular fear for centuries. Back in the middle ages left-handed people were thought to be the devil's minions. I mean people were killed for this. I mean the Latin for left means sinister. and even not so for back as that left handed people were spanked and chastised in school and at home. Even having their left hand tied behind them forcing them not to use it.

On the other hand (pun inteneted) the fear of things to the right side of the body is called Dextrophobia.

Celebrity Phobias. - Everybody's afraid of something.

#6 Most unusual Phobia

Counterphobia: It is a psychological condition or phobia in which the affected person deliberately seeks out the object or situation that he or she fears the most, rather than avoiding it.

You could really drive yourself crazy with this one.

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#5 Most Unusual Phobia

Alliumphobia: It is an extraordinary and irrational fear of garlic. Victims usually experience an eccentric reaction whenever they see or smell garlic.

This one seems to affect vampires mostly. Along with this phobia too.

Eosophobia: It is an abnormal and exaggerated fear of dawn or sunlight. The phobia is also known as phengophobia.

Now we know what Dracula's problem is.

#4 Most Unusual Phobia

Phobophobia: Morbid fear of developing a phobia.

I don't even know what to say to that.

Seaweed phobia aversion therapy.

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#3 Most Unusual Phobia

Linonophobia: It is an exaggerated and unwarranted fear of string

String, string is just wimpy rope.

Imagine the pranks you could play on someone terrified of string.

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#2 Most Unusual Phobia

Arachibutyrophobia: It is an abnormal and exaggerated fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. The person having phobia may get extremely annoyed or embarrassed to pull out the stuck butter from the upper part of the mouth, especially in a

public place.

Pickle Phobia? - Girl is afraid of pickles.

I don't know if there's a name for this, but you can see the effects of a phobia in action.

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#1 Most Unusual Phobia

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of long words.

HaHaHa!

This one just seems like a joke to me.

Someone actually suffering from this word would have symptoms of his phobia brought on just by having to name their own phobia.

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Runners-up

Here's a couple more phobias you will probably find unusal and strange. Enjoy!

Octophobia: It's an uncommon and unusual fear of the figure 8

Metrophobia: It is an uncommon and unusual fear or hatred of poetry.

Mnemophobia: It is an irrational and unwarranted fear of memories.

Clinophobia: It is a persistent and unusual fear of going to bed or sleeping at night. The person having this phobia may fear about nightmares, bed wetting, etc and quite often stay awake and develop insomnia.

Consecotaleophobia: It is an abnormal and rare fear of chopsticks

Sources for these phobias came from:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/list-of-all-phobias-and-their-meanings.html

Love to hear back from you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've heard of the fear of knees, hands, cats, plants, trees, glass, streets, and gravity haha lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have the fear or hamsters

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH PICKLES!

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      inkymama 4 years ago

      Fun lens, thanks for making it. I'm freaked out by termites!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm afarid of gnomes elevators and cemeteries

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am afraid of sticky things (such as stickers, cellotape, masking tape etc but strangely not surfaces). Unfortunately everyone else finds it dead weird so I am picked on everyday at school. They do everything from yelling stickers at me in the corridor, calling me stickers girl and telling people as I pass by loud enough for me to hear to actually putting them on me. The sound of them being pulled off I hate too, I can't stand seeing them on other people, if they're peeling off I start hyperventilating and if there is one in any condition near me when I'm eating I immediately feel ill and can't eat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Anatidaephobia, the fear that somewhere, somehow,a duck is watching you ... Yeah.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a fear of the dark

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Same dude1

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ?? phobiaphobia.... you should have just read about that if you read the article!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: that is called mouseophobia (not sure how to spell it).... my mom has it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I fear vacant shoes..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I fear vacant shoes..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You would hate me :) Im 5 foot 9 and only 14 :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If I sleep next to someone I wake up constantly to make sure their still alive, I'm always afraid I'm going to wake up and they will be dead. Is that a phobia?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm terrified of mice and my sister thinks it's stupid

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i am afraid of being afraid

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i fear of tall people

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a Fear of fruit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a fear of adding comments.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a fear of adding comments.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a fear of clusters. Mainly clusters of holes, schools of fish and barnacles. The strangest part about this phobia is that sometimes I can't stop looking. I call it being fascinatingly disgusted.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is so fascinating. I've decided to present it to my English class tomorrow. Hopefully it will be interesting enough...I think the weirdest phobia I've heard so far would probably be Geniophobia which is the fear of chins!!.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my friend has a phobia of buttons, its called Koumpounophobia i was hoping someone knew how to help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a phoia of moths. i don't know what it is about them but if one comes colse to me i go into a full out panic attack.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have Phobophobia

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Aly, that was the most stupidest story ive ever heard

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I told my friends I'm terrified of seaweed they didn't believe me so a month or so later we went to the beach and having a great time then all of a sudden a bunch of seaweed washes up onshore at least 30cm away from me and I scream at the top of my lungs and my friends were like you weren't lying u do have fear of seaweed and I didn't go in the water for the rest of the time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      its really interesting to look at those. my bf tells me i have some weird ones. i am afraid of chickens, spiders of course, and opening a closed trash can.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I really enjoyed reading this list of unusual phobias! It makes me feel a tad bit more rational than I thought I was! Happy Friday the 13th. Blessed by Squid Angel alwaysjules!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a fear of guitars if i see or even worse hear one i will run about 50 ft away im serious its stupid i know

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Umm...this is sort of embarrassing but I have a fear about being in a pool and a dead hand gripping my ankle and drowning me....The last time I swam was in 3rd grade....I have nightmares about it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i hate seaweed it makes me heve i hate it

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      eep720 lm 5 years ago

      @TravelingRae: thanks appreciate it

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      eep720 lm 5 years ago

      @Snakesmum: thanks for the comments

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      What a funny and irreverent lens!

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      Jean DAndrea 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Phobias are no fun, but this lens is! Can't even say the word for some of them......:-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't think these can be topped!!! Interesting fun and well done!

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      67Shelbygal 6 years ago

      Wow, very interesting. Great Lens. :)

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      The one about the words is kind of suspect to me...

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Very interesting. I'm proud to say I suffer from none of these phobias. I even like spiders!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This a cool lens!