Phobias are described as the irrational, often morbid, fear of something that often poses little or no danger at all. While the types of phobia may generally sound too strange or preposterous to even be considered, they are certainly not a laughing matter to the people suffering from them.
The effect that they bring on a person can be utterly detrimental on his emotional and mental well-being. Here is a list of five weird and funny phobias, aimed to give you a better insight into how and why people suffer from them.
Believe it or not, fear of fear itself is a phobia. Phobophobia is defined as an abnormal fear of phobias or of developing one. The risk of acquiring phobophobia is greater to people already suffering from a certain phobia. If you went through intense phobic reactions towards the object of an established fear, you may eventually dread confronting and experiencing the same morbid response again, thus leading to phobophobia.
It is also possible for people not having any past phobias at all to have a fear of acquiring it. What makes phobophobia one of the strangest phobias is that the sufferer does not seem to respond to any external stimuli but to the internal sentiment he or she has.
Beauty is something to be admired and yearned for, not something that is supposed to terrorize anyone. Caligynephobia does not seem to agree to that tone. Such phobia refers to an unwarranted fear of beautiful women. It is commonly suffered by adolescents and men, specifically those who do not have straight orientation. It causes panic attacks and damages social interactions.
Taking a bath is an essential form of personal hygiene. However, for people with Ablutophobia, they do not believe that washing or cleaning is doable because it is something that terrorizes them. This particular phobia should not be confused with fear of cleanliness, as the latter refers to the dread of the cleaning process itself. It is usually found in women and children experiencing emotional instabilities due to past traumas or other distressing reasons.
One of the weird phobias anyone can ever hear of is Spectrophobia. It refers to the fear of looking at one’s own reflection in the mirror, or the dread of mirrors itself. It is caused by a traumatic event wherein victims believe they have seen ghostly apparitions by looking at themselves in the mirror.Watching horror movies featuring mirrors can also be considered a probable cause.
Dancing is not only a popular form of exercise, but a universal theme embraced by every culture around the world. However, there are people who’d rather stay seated even in social events and moments when they are expected to dance, because they are just too embarrassed or uncomfortable to do so. This irrational fear of dance is referred to as Chorophobia. Such also refers to the fear of any person, place, event, or situation that is related to or that symbolizes dancing in any way.
Individuals experiencing such phobia are often unwilling to experience the excitement and the thrill the activity is associated with. They will do just about anything to avoid an event where dancing might be involved, something that may endanger their social lives.