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15 Most Funny and Strange Phobias

There are some Phobias in the World which are very strange and funny. People having these phobias do strange things. In this article, you can view 15 most funny strange phobias in the World.

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Philophobia
Philophobia

 Philophobia is the fear of falling in love or emotional attachment. It is an abnormal, persistent and unwarranted fear of falling in love. This fear can result in actual physical symptoms and it can put way the patient from his family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. A specific amount of emotional involvement is necessary for every human relationship but people suffering from Philophobia are unable to develop a relationship. Mostly, they try to avoid close contact with members of the opposite sex. Primary symptoms of Philophobia are sweating, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and nausea. They show feelings of absolute dread in the presence of the opposite sex. People suffering from Philophobia can get treatment. Best treatments for suffers are behavioral therapy, counseling, and medication. The patient and his therapist can decide together which therapy is best for treatment.

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Ablutophobia
Ablutophobia

Ablutophobia is the abnormal, persistent, and unwanted fear of bathing, cleaning or washing. This phobia is classified as a specific phobia. Ablutophobia is more common in children and females than in males. The symptoms of Ablutophobia are feeling of dread or panic, rapid heartbeat, trembling, shortness of breath, overwhelming desire to flee the situation and the reactions that are automatic and uncontrollable. There are many options for the treatment of Ablutophobia. Getting help from a person having a background in psychology is the best option. Sufferers can also use Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which he is allowed to confront the feared objects in controlled situations. Moreover, patients can also use anxiety medications prescribed by medical professionals.  The use of d-cycloserine is the only drug to show developments in alleviating the symptoms after a period of three months.

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Haphephobia
Haphephobia

aphephobia is a rare specific phobia and also known as aphephobia, haptephobia, hapnophobia, thixophobi, and haptophobia. Haphephobia involves the fear of touching or of being touched. Some people are born with the disease of Haphephobia, but other may develop it through any bad experience. Mostly, it is caused by an extreme reaction to their environment. Moreover, Haphephobia is also associated with a fear of sexual assault. According to the report, many boys who have been the victims of sexual abuse have a fear of being touched. Major symptoms experienced by sufferers of Haphephobia are Discomfort and perspiration, panic, numbness, dry mouth, heart palpitations, heightened senses, feeling trapped, trembling, feeling out of control, and feeling of impending doom or disaster.

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Chaetophobia
Chaetophobia

Chaetophobia is the fear of hair and it is classified as a specific phobia. Chaetophobia suffers’ fear may be related to human hair or animal hair. Sufferers fear people or animals having an excess amount of hair. The hair on their own body is also irritating for them. Just like most of the phobias, Chaetophobia could be the result of a negative experience with hair or any hairy person. The problem starts when patient think about an experience whenever he was near to a person having an excess amount of hair. Hair loss is the negative effect of this phobia. Sufferers also fear hair on their body because they think it is dirty or unattractive. They also fear dandruff or head lice. Chaetophobia is also related to a germphobia, the fear of germs. Sufferers try to remove hairs from their own body and feel uncomfortable in environments just like the salon. Intensive therapy and medications are the best way for the treatment of Chaetophobia. Moreover, you can use support groups and self-relaxation techniques for the treatment of Chaetophobia.

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Oikophobia
Oikophobia

Oikophobia is an aversion to home surroundings and it is also known as domatophobia and ecophobia. It is generally related to an abnormal fear of the home, or of the contents of a house means fear of household appliances, bathtubs, household chemicals, equipment, and other common objects in the home. Physically, Oikophobia refers to the fear of the physical space of the home interior and have a link with household appliances. It is seen that phobias grow up from a combination of external events and internal predispositions. Phobias are mostly due to a specific triggering event. The primary symptoms of Oikophobia are irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, extreme anxiety, excessive sweating, dread and anything relating to panic just like shortness of breath, nausea, shaking, and inability to articulate words or sentences. Treatments for the patient of Oikophobia are hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, Counseling, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

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Heliphobia
Heliphobia

Heliphobia is the fear of sun, sunlight, or any bright light and it is classified as a specific phobia. Just like other phobias, Heliphobia is also originated from a traumatic experience in the past, for example, a severe sunburn. According to The Pacific Health, People with Heliphobia try to stay away from the sunlight because of growing fear with skin cancer. They have an intense fear of being harmfully affected by exposure to the bright lights. This fear prevents the patient from going during the daytime. Suffererscover themselves with protective clothing or carry a sun parasol when they are going outside in day time or simply they never go outside at all during the daytime. Sufferers may fell shaky, uncomfortable, nauseated or numb. Some Sufferers may feel anxious or suffer panic attacks. Other major symptoms of Heliphobia are a lack of focus, heightened senses, feeling trapped, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, parched mouth and physical discomfort. This disease can be treated with the help of exposure therapy, talk therapy, support groups, relaxation techniques, self-help techniques, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Coulrophobia
Coulrophobia

Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns and it is classified as a specific phobia. However, this phobia is not included in the list of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 nor in the list of the World Health Organization’s ICD-10. Anything that the child finds unusual can be frightening. Mostly children afraid of an entertainer wearing only a red nose and no other make-up. Mostly, people also afraid of clowns due to the Killer Clown. It is true that of millions who have performed the character of clown many years, only one of them was the famous serial killer. Coulrophobia is an irrational fear by definition. The first step for treatment of Coulrophobia might be looking at photos of clowns until you fell comfortable. In next step, watch the performance of a clown on television or watch a live performance of a clown from a distance just like seated in the back of a theater.

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Neophobia
Neophobia

Neophobia is the fear of anything new. It is the name of a persistent and abnormal fear. According to biomedical research, Neophobia is related to the study of taste. Other terms used for Neophobia are cainotophobia or cainophobia and kainophobia or kainolophobia. Norway rats and house mice are the reason to increase levels of Neophobia. Robert Anton Wilson wrote in his book Prometheus Rising that neophobia is instinctual in people after they begin to raise children. Food neophobia is the part of Neophobia. It is the fear of eating new or unfamiliar foods but it is different from the selective eating disorder. Mostly, Food Neophobia is found in toddlers and young children. The best way for the treatment of Food Neophobia or simple Neophobia is to offer non-food rewards just like a small sticker, for eating a new or disliked food. Parents have to eat the new or disliked foods cheerfully in front of their children.

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Hylophobia
Hylophobia

Hylophobia is also known as xylophobia, dendrophobia, and ylophobia, and it is classified as a specific phobia. Hylophobia is a psychological disorder defined by an irrational fear of wood, trees or forest. The term Hylophobia is derived from Greek words, “hylo” meaning wood or forest and “phobo” meaning fear. Just like other major phobias, Hylophobia also starts from an incident or memory in childhood. This phobia is also related to Nyctohylophobia (fear of darkies wooded areas or of forests at night). The primary symptoms of Hylophobia are excessive anxiety, fast breathing, sweating, dread and anything related to panic akin, nausea, dry mouth, irregular heartbeat, and lack of ability to articulate phrases or sentences. This type of phobia is specially treated by putting the patient in therapy and making them recall the incident in question. It is a hard task because the original incident will have been forgotten. Doctors also prescribe hypnosis or anti-anxiety medicine for the treatment of Hylophobia.

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Decidophobia
Decidophobia

Decidophobia is a fear of making decisions. Philosopher Walter Kaufmann wrote about the Decidophobia in his 1973 book Without Guilt ad Justice in details. In his book, Kaufmann describes people who lack the courage or will to sort through the different sides in disagreements to find the truth. For some people, the process of making decisions is absolutely terrifying and they have a fear of making the wrong decision so they avoid making any choice at all. The major symptoms of Decidophobia are excessive sweating, dry mouth, hyperventilation, feeling of being trapped or stuck, Dizziness or nausea, and an irrational feeling of impending. Due to Decidophobia, a person becomes unable to make any personal decision and become dependent on another person. This fear can lead them to unhealthy relationships. The patient having the disease may see his life in unintended ways, or he can lose personal control over the directions that his life takes. A cognitive therapy is the best treatment for Decidophobia, which focuses on remapping and strengthening the decision-making process of the patient.

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Gephyrophobia
Gephyrophobia

Gephyrophobia is the fear of bridges and it is characterized as anxiety disorder or specific phobia. Due to Gephyrophobia, people try to avoid routes having bridges in the way. People with Gephyrophobia have a fear that the bridge will collapse if they try to cross it and they have the fear of the structural integrity of the bridges itself. According to Dr. Michael Liebowitz from the New York State Psychiatric Institute, “It’s not an isolated phobia, but usually part of a larger constellation … It’s people who get panic attacks. You get light-headed, dizzy; your heart races. You become afraid that you’ll feel trapped.” This term comes from Greek word gephura meaning “bridge” and phobos meaning “fear. The New York Trhuway Authority started a program to provide a driver service to the people having Gephyrophobia to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge. Same service is also providing by The Maryland Transportation Authority for crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

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Tryphobia
Tryphobia

Tryphobia  is a proposed phobia and it is accounted as intense and irrational fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small bumps or holes. According to the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition, Tryphobia is not the name of a diagnosis. Mostly people writing online experienced these types of images without fulfilling the criteria for a real phobia. According to Psychiatrist Coral Mathews, “There might really be people out there with phobias to holes because people can really have a phobia to anything, but just reading what’s on the Internet, that doesn’t seem to be what people actually have”. A website has related Tryphobia to videos and images. Patients having this disease when start working online, they view holes in wounds and holes made by insects and diseases tissue caused by mango worms in animals. After viewing these things, they shuddered, experienced panic attacks, felt their skin crawl, palpitated, sweated, and felt nauseated or itchy.

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Panphobia
Panphobia

Panphobia is also known as omniphobia, panophobia, or pantophobia. It is a vague and the fear of some unknown evil. But it is not classified as a type of phobia in medical references. Theodule-Armand Ribot defined Panphobia in his 191 work The Psychological of the Emotions, “a state in which a patient fears everything or nothing, where anxiety, instead of being riveted on one object, floats as in a dream and only becomes fixed for an instant at a time, passing from one object to another, as circumstances may determine”. According to Herodotus, Panphobia is a more accurate name to describe the non-specificity having an association with a fear of all. It is not a specific phobia in the DSM-t. the defining symptom for Panphobia is “excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities.

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Phagophobia
Phagophobia

Phagophobia is a fear of swallowing and it is a psychogenic dysphagia. This disease is explained in different swallowing complaints without any physical reason detectable by inspection and other laboratory analysis. Another term used for Phagophobia is choking phobia. But this terms is confusing and it is necessary to distinguish the fear of choking from the fear of swallowing. Phagophobia is a specific phobia and it is the part of the category of “other phobias” according to DSM-IV classification. Phagophobia also has relation with fear of eating and the subsequent malnutrition and weight loss. Patients having this disease only eat soft and liquid foods.

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Phobophobia
Phobophobia

Phobophobia is the fear of phobias of the internal sensations related with that phobia and anxiety. It is associated with other generalized anxiety disorders and panic attacks. The condition of anxiety disorders remains in an extended way which leads to the intensifying of the effects the feared phobia that the patient might have developed just like an agoraphobia. During Phobophobia, the patient has to experience the stress. This phobia is not the part of other phobias but it is one of the important factors for maintaining them. It is different from other phobias because there is no environmental stimulus per se. Due to Phobophobia, mind’s psychological state creates an anxious response that leads to further anxiety. It is the fear experienced before feeling the fear of the feared phobias its somatic sensation that precedes it. Symptoms of Phobophobia are sweating, paleness of skin, trembling, desperation, rapid breathing, a strong desire to cry and many others.

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