25 rare phobias – how many of these do you suffer from?
It’s well-known that a fear of spiders is ‘arachnophobia’, but what’s a fear of wasps? What’s the name for a fear of remaining single forever? We’ve been scouring the reference books for some less well-known phobias and have compiled the definitive list. Although some of the following phobias are pretty weird, we like to think that many of the phenomena they describe are quite common.
Koinoniphobia is a fear of being in a room full of people.
Deipnophobia is the dread of dinner-parties.
Scopophobia is a fear of being stared at.
Medectophobia is the fear that one’s penis is visible through one’s clothes.
Automysophobia is a fear of being dirty.
Bromidrosiphobia is a fear of body odour.
Anuptaphobia is a fear of remaining single.
Pocrescophobia is a fear of putting on weight.
Peladophobia is a fear of going bald.
Allodoxaphobia is fear of other people’s opinions.
Ergophobia is a fear of work.
Kakkorhaphiophobia is fear of failure.
Sphexophobia is a fear of wasps.
Myrmecophobia is a fear of ants.
Hemophobia is a fear of blood.
Tropophobia is fear of change.
Chorophobia is a fear of dancing.
Syngenesophobia is a fear of one’s relatives.
Siderodromophobia is a fear of trains.
Gerascophobia is a fear of growing old.
Iatrophobia denotes a fear of going to the doctor.
Sanguivoriphobia is a fear of vampires. It literally means ‘fear of blood-eaters’.
Taphephobia is a fear of being buried alive.
Kinemortophobia is a fear of zombies.
Phasmophobia is a fear of ghosts.
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Image: A cat arching its back up and hissing at a dog, by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, 2005; Wikimedia Commons.