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The 15 strangest phobias

One of the most natural things in the world is to be afraid. However, a constant and excessive fear of something is known as a phobia. Some of the most common phobias are those related to insects, flying and heights. There are also some phobias that can be classified as weird or strange and this slideshow will take a closer look at a few of them.

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Fear of fear?

There are some people who suffer from phobophobia or in other words the fear of fear itself. This type of person often worries about developing a phobia about a specific activity. People with this phobia often suffer panic attacks or freeze up in certain situations for no apparent reason.

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Fear of work

Most of us have days where we do not want to go to work. However, there are people who struggle to even set foot in their workplace. This phobia can emerge because of fears about not being accepted by work colleagues, anxiety over work performance or extreme fatigue related to work. This type of phobia is known as ergophobia.

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Fear of names

As strange as it may seem, there are some people who cannot stand the sound of certain names or words. This is known as onomatophobia. The name or word that causes the repulsion and fear is specific to each sufferer. There are even some recorded cases in which sufferers cannot stand to hear their own name spoken out loud.

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Fear of mirrors

There are many superstitious people in the world and one widely held superstition is that if you break a mirror it brings you seven years of bad luck. The phobia known as eisoptrophobia is born out of this superstition. People who have this phobia say they fear mirrors as breaking them could condemned them to bad luck. On the other hand, there are people who are terrified of mirrors because they have issues about their physical appearance.

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Fear of colours

Chromophobia is the fear of colours. There are people who feel an unexplainable fear when they see certain colours within things. People who are frightened of the colour black suffer from melanophobia; the colour white provokes leucophobia, while the colour red prompts eritrophobia. There are no causes for this phobia, but experts argue that it can be a traumatic experience.

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Fear of body parts

There are some people who have a fear of touching certain body parts. The phobia can involve the fear of touching your own body or that of another person. Fear of touching the navel is called omfalophobia; if it relates to hands it is known as quirophobia; fear of touching knees is termed as genophobia and being scared of chins is known as geniophobia. Such conditions can be treated by therapy specialists.

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Fear of sleep

After a hard day there is nothing better than that feeling when your head hits the pillow. However, there is a small group of people who dread the thought of falling asleep. Sufferers of somniphobia develop the phobia because they fear the prospect of never waking up. They only fall asleep when they are overcome by fatigue.

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Fear of poems

Beautiful prose has the ability to inspire, however for some a poetry reading can be frightening experience. People who suffer from metrophobia cannot be present when a poem is recited because it causes them anxiety that they will fail to properly understand its meaning and message.

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Fear of teenagers

Young people are often accused of intimidating older people on neighbourhoods throughout the country. However, people who suffer from ephebiphobia have a much more general fear of teenagers and will do anything to stay out of their way for fear of being ridiculed or disrespected by them.

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Fear of paper

Although it may seem a little strange, there are people who fear paper. Some people cannot touch this everyday material without experiencing feelings of repulsion and fear. This type of phobia is called papyrophobia and it can be sparked by dry, wrinkled or wet paper or by its texture and the sound it makes.

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Fear of long words

The irony of this phobia is that it is called hipopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. Indeed, any sufferer is very likely to suffer a panic attack just from looking at the word. Obviously, it would be simpler and easier for them to say they have a phobia of long words.

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Fear of peanut butter

Strange as it may seem, there are people who are afraid of peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouths. This type of phobia is known as arachibutyrophobia. So if you know someone who has this condition, it is best to offer them something else to spread on their bread.

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Fear of chop sticks

Consecotaleophobia refers to the fear of chopsticks. This phobia prompts sufferers to experience anxiety and unexplained panic when faced with chopsticks. For anyone living in Tokyo or Beijing having this phobia would be a big problem.

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Fear of the number 666

The number 666 is said to be the mark of the devil. People who have an inexplicable fear of this figure are said to have hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia and they cannot bear to look at it.

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Fear of garlic

For many people, garlic is an essential item in the kitchen. However, for some people the very thought of it gives them the creeps. Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic. It could be said that the most famous sufferer of this phobia was Count Dracula.

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