Eleven Weird Fears

So what makes you break into a cold sweat? What do you avoid at all costs? What, at the mere mention of the name, makes you queasy in your stomach? What are your phobias?

I definitely suffer from acrophobia, the fear of heights. I probably have a mild case of agoraphobia, the fear of crowds, since I’m such a messed-up introvert.

There are some fears, however, that I did not know existed. These fears are supposedly legitimate. Real people have these real phobias in real life. Let me share eleven of the more weird fears I uncovered.

  1. Lepidoterophobia – fear of butterflies. I understand. They are awful, ferocious creatures.
  2. Coulrophobia – fear of clowns. I’m glad I don’t have this fear. I would have to reduce my executive team by three.
  3. Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons. I’m still trying to evaluate this one.
  4. Lachanophobia – fear of vegetables. Since my favorite food groups are meats, potatoes, and desserts, I might be a candidate here.
  5. Vestiphobia –fear of clothing. There are a lot of potential one-liners for this one.
  6. Dishabilophobia – fear of undressing in front of someone. My guess is that those in #5 would have no problem with #6.
  7. Ergophobia – fear of work. I used to work with someone who had that fear.
  8. Hodaphobia – fear of road travel. I could not function if I had this fear.
  9. Macrophobia – fear of a long wait. I may be a true candidate for this one. Just ask my wife.
  10. Nomophobia – fear of losing mobile phone connectivity. I confess. I am a severe nomophobic.
  11. Soceraphobia – fear of your mother-in-law or your father-in-law. I think it’s best not to offer commentary on this one.

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  1. Steve Drake says

    Dr. Rainer, one I found frequently in my 33 years of the pastorate was deaconophobia, the fear of serving. There were also the didactophobia, the fear of teaching a Sunday School class, and guni-stasisphobia, the fear of letting a woman stand behind a pulpit.

  2. Thom Rainer says

    I am using a new platform, so all of the comments have not been transferred. They should be done so shortly. Thanks for your patience.

  3. Flo says

    I actually know someone who is afraid of butterflies. I bet you didn’t know some of them can be huge and/or poisonous. Usually people with this fear live in Asia or South America, places where butterflies are actually dangerous.

    I had many weird fears as a child, I still have some traces of them, but I’m getting over them. And yes, there is no other way but to face your fear to get rid of it. Ergophobia is not a fear per say, you just avoid working, it’s a sign of depression.

    But kudos on most of these. When I googled weird fears, I was disappointed to find most of them actually quite rational and explainable.

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