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40 Weird Phobias You May Not Even Know You Have

Turns out everything is terrible and completely frightening.

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1. Deipnophobia

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

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

3. Selenophobia

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

4. Ephebiphobia

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

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

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

7. Octophobia

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

8. Oneirogmophobia

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

9. Scriptophobia

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.
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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

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

11. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

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

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

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

14. Sesquipedalophobia

Ironically, the fear of long words.
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Ironically, the fear of long words.

15. Alliumphobia

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

16. Coulrophobia

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

17. Acerophobia

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

18. Venustraphobia

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

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

21. Aulophobia

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

22. Bibliophobia

A fear of books is a sad fear, indeed.
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A fear of books is a sad fear, indeed.

23. Samhainophobia

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.
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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

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

25. Omphalophobia

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

26. Pogonophobia

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

27. Philophobia

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

28. Chirophobia

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

29. Consecotaleophobia

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

30. Euphobia

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

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

32. Ithyphallophobia

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

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

Can you be sued for having a fear of lawsuits?
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Can you be sued for having a fear of lawsuits?

35. Metrophobia

Yes, you fear and hatepoetry, which is why Imade this a haiku.
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Yes, you fear and hate

poetry, which is why I

made this a haiku.

36. Peladophobia

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

37. Sciaphobia

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

38. Nyctohylophobia

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.
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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

Everything. You are literally scared of everything.
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Everything. You are literally scared of everything.

40. Phobophobia

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

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