40 Weird Phobias You May Not Even Know You Have

Turns out everything is terrible and completely frightening.

1. Deipnophobia

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This is why you couldn’t come to my Thanksgiving dinner, you being scared of dinner parties, and all.

2. Arithmophobia

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If you hate playing the lottery, you might suffer from this phobia, which is the fear of numbers.

3. Selenophobia

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Remus Lupin’s fear, which is that of the moon.

4. Ephebiphobia

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“Get off my lawn!” is what you might say if you are an adult who loathes and fears youths.

5. Allodoxaphobia

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Oh, you’re scared of me speaking my mind, then you might have this phobia, which is the fear of opinions.

6. Genuphobia

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The fear of knees, or, the reason you never wear shorts in the summer.

7. Octophobia

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This one is infinitely scary, since it is fear of the figure 8.

8. Oneirogmophobia

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All teen boys must suffer from this phobia since it is the fear of wet dreams.

9. Scriptophobia

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If you ask a celebrity for an autograph and they decline, they may not be jerks but suffer from this phobia, which is the fear of writing in public.

10. Anuptaphobia

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Does this hit on your 30th birthday, since it’s the fear of being single?

11. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

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If you were traumatized by The Omen, then you may have this phobia and it’s fear of the number 666.

12. Dutchphobia

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I guess that trip to Amsterdam will never happen, at least not with a fear of Dutch people and culture.

13. Francophobia

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Same goes for Paris if you’re afraid of French people and culture, as well.

14. Sesquipedalophobia

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Ironically, the fear of long words.

15. Alliumphobia

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Dracula must have had this, because it is the fear of garlic.

16. Coulrophobia

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Thanks to Stephen King’s It, most of us have coulrophobia, which is the fear of clowns.

17. Acerophobia

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I guess lemons are out of the question when you have a fear of sourness.

18. Venustraphobia

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Fear of beautiful women? Good thing I don’t have this or else I would have never married my wife.

19. Sinistrophobia

This is when you are afraid of things to your left side or just left-handed things (and people) in general. Did Joseph McCarthy suffered from this?

20. Dextrophobia

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Conversely, this is when you fear things to your right.

21. Aulophobia

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It makes it really hard to enjoy Jethro Tull when you have a fear of flutes.

22. Bibliophobia

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A fear of books is a sad fear, indeed.

23. Samhainophobia

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No, this isn’t a fear of Glenn Danzig’s band, but a fear of Halloween, which just happens to be Danzig’s favorite holiday.

24. Porphyrophobia

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McDonald’s Grimace must be a nightmare when you fear the color purple.

25. Omphalophobia

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You will never be accused of being a navel gazer, not with a fear of belly buttons.

26. Pogonophobia

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Brian Wilson was right to market “Fear the beard” since some people actually do fear beards.

27. Philophobia

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This is the fear of being/falling in love, so stay away, Cupid!

28. Chirophobia

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The reason you will never get a massage might be because you have a fear of hands.

29. Consecotaleophobia

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This makes going out for sushi difficult since this is the fear of chopsticks.

30. Euphobia

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“The good news is we pinpointed your phobia. The bad news is your phobia is a fear of good news.”

31. Papaphobia

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No matter how awesome the current one is, some people will always be frightened by the pope.

32. Ithyphallophobia

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This phobia must be hard to deal with, since it the fear of having/seeing/thinking about an erect penis.

33. Paraskavedekatriaphobia

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Yep, you can probably thank Michael Myers and his William Shatner mask for forever being scared of the date Friday the 13.

34. Liticaphobia

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Can you be sued for having a fear of lawsuits?

35. Metrophobia

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Yes, you fear and hate
poetry, which is why I
made this a haiku.

36. Peladophobia

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Mr. Clean is your enemy when you have a fear of bald people.

37. Sciaphobia

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I’m sure Peter Pan didn’t have this phobia; it’s fear of shadows.

38. Nyctohylophobia

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If fairy tales have taught us anything, it is that we should all have this phobia, which is the fear of the woods in the night.

39. Panophobia

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Everything. You are literally scared of everything.

40. Phobophobia

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The most ironic of them all: A fear of phobias.

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