5 Weirdest Phobias

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 12:06 PM

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There are many weird phobias, from ephebiphobia, which is the fear of teenagers, to pteronophobia, which is the fear of being tickled by feathers; phobias are getting weirder and weirder each day. Here are some of the weirdest phobias known to man:
  1. Panphobia is the fear of anything and everything. It is arguably the weirdest phobia. Panphobia is a medical condition that instigates nonspecific fear in a person. This basically means that the person is fearful and not sure of what they are scared of, but are scared nonetheless. The individual suffering from this strange phobia is not scared of any known target, which renders targeted therapy useless. Panophobia has been described as a fear that is vague but all around, and a constant fear of some unknown evil that cannot be seen, but felt. Also called omniphobia or pantophobia, pantophobia is often considered a secondary condition to schizophrenia. 
  1. Papaphobia is perhaps the second weirdest phobia. Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope. Most would consider the Pope a benevolent individual, except those suffering from this strange phobia. A persistent fear of the papacy or the pope, this strange phobia is characterized by all symptoms of authentic fear, such as rapid breathing, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, irregular heartbeat, and an overall feeling of dread. It is interesting to know that many individuals actually suffer from this strange phobia.
  2. The third weirdest phobia is Arachibutyrophobia, or the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Strangely, arachibutyrophobia could also extend to other things getting stuck to the roof of one’s mouth, like thick chocolate or caramel. This strange phobia again includes all the typical symptoms of fear.  However, this weird phobia can be treated with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and psychotherapy.
  1. Neophobia is the fourth weirdest phobia, defined as the fear of newness. This could include either things or experiences. Imagine the rusty surroundings of a person who is scared of almost everything new. Neophobia is also used to describe feelings of hostility, frustration, and trepidation toward change, be it personal or worldwide.
  1. The last but not the least among the list of phobias is triskaidekaphobia or the fear of the number 13. Though this is a common fear, it makes little sense and is one of the weirdest phobias known to man. In Korea, Japan, and China, the fear has modified itself to be tetraphobia, or the fear of the number 4. Interestingly, Adolf Hitler suffered from Triskaidekaphobia.

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