Skip To Content

    40 Weird Phobias You May Not Even Know You Have

    Turns out everything is terrible and completely frightening.

    1. Deipnophobia

    Flickr: solar_decathlon / Via Creative Commons

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

    2. Arithmophobia

    Flickr: mervynchua / Via Creative Commons

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

    3. Selenophobia

    Flickr: iahohai / Via Creative Commons

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

    4. Ephebiphobia

    Pascal Le Segretain / Via Getty Images

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

    5. Allodoxaphobia

    Flickr: littlebiglens / Via Creative Commons

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

    6. Genuphobia

    Flickr: muffett68 / Via Creative Commons

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

    7. Octophobia

    Flickr: ekilby / Via Creative Commons

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

    8. Oneirogmophobia

    Flickr: freudianslip / Via Creative Commons

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

    9. Scriptophobia

    Chris Brunskill / Via Getty Images

    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

    Flickr: instantvantage / Via Creative Commons

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

    11. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

    Bill Pugliano / Via Getty Images

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

    12. Dutchphobia

    Flickr: _dchris / Via Creative Commons

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

    13. Francophobia

    Flickr: flod / Via Creative Commons

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

    14. Sesquipedalophobia

    Alex Wong / Via Getty Images

    Ironically, the fear of long words.

    15. Alliumphobia

    Flickr: francescarter / Via Creative Commons

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

    16. Coulrophobia

    Jason Merritt / Via Getty Images

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

    17. Acerophobia

    Flickr: 77568040@N08 / Via Creative Commons

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

    18. Venustraphobia

    Ethan Miller / Via Getty Images

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

    19. Sinistrophobia

    Fox / Via

    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

    NBC / Via Facebook: 2013

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

    21. Aulophobia

    Mark Metcalfe / Via Getty Images

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

    22. Bibliophobia

    Flickr: somegeekintn / Via Creative Commons

    A fear of books is a sad fear, indeed.

    23. Samhainophobia

    Flickr: fabiovenni / Via Creative Commons

    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

    Flickr: danielle_scott / Via Creative Commons

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

    25. Omphalophobia

    Scott Gries/Hulton Archives / Via Getty Images

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

    26. Pogonophobia

    Stephen Dunn / Via Getty Images

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

    27. Philophobia

    Flickr: miguelpdl / Via Creative Commons

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

    28. Chirophobia

    Sony Pictures / Via

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

    29. Consecotaleophobia

    Flickr: southpaw2305 / Via Creative Commons

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

    30. Euphobia

    Flickr: macbeck / Via Creative Commons

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

    31. Papaphobia

    Franco Origlia / Via Getty Images

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

    32. Ithyphallophobia

    Flickr: spablab / Via Creative Commons

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

    33. Paraskavedekatriaphobia

    Flickr: dskley / Via Creative Commons

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

    34. Liticaphobia

    Flickr: mccaffry / Via Creative Commons

    Can you be sued for having a fear of lawsuits?

    35. Metrophobia

    Flickr: vhhammer / Via Creative Commons

    Yes, you fear and hate

    poetry, which is why I

    made this a haiku.

    36. Peladophobia

    Ilya S. Savenok / Via Getty Images

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

    37. Sciaphobia

    Flickr: 62347689@N04 / Via Creative Commons

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

    38. Nyctohylophobia

    Flickr: king-smith / Via Creative Commons

    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

    Flickr: lsuchick142 / Via Creative Commons

    Everything. You are literally scared of everything.

    40. Phobophobia

    Flickr: wherearethejoneses / Via Creative Commons

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

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form