The 5 Most Obscure Phobias and Their Worst-Case Scenarios.

We all have fears. Just yesterday I was afraid of drinking milk the day before the expiration date because . . . well, what if they were wrong!? I just can’t take that kind of chance.

However, there is a level of fear beyond my ongoing trials with milk expiration. Those who have phobias have strong, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. Some of the most common phobias include agoraphobia (a fear of public places in which escape would be difficult) and social phobias (fear of being evaluated and embarassed). One study found that acrophobia, a fear of heights, is most common among men while zoophobia, a fear of animals, is most prevalent among women.

A fun bit of trivia for you: the word phobia is derived from the Greek god of fear, Phobos. In fact, to strike terror into the hearts of their enemies, ancient Greeks would paint a picture of Phobos on their masks and shields. If you have the courage, look upon the menacing face of Phobos below!

If only the Greeks knew they were worshipping an enraged hippie.

To be sure, phobias are serious business that can have a major negative impact on the lives of those who have them. However, according to Wikipedia, a huge number of phobias are theoretically possible; many of them are extremely rare and ridiculous.

Below I’ve taken the liberty of listing the Top 5 most obscure phobias and the worst-case scenario for each of them.
#1 – Chromophobia – Fear of bright colors.
Worst-case scenario: Growing up in the early 90’s.

They know you are afraid. And they don’t care.

#2 – Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions.
Worst-case scenario: Being the person in charge of naming this phobia.

#3 – Automatonophobia – Fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being.
Worst-case scenario: Living in the Blade Runner universe while watching a 12-hour marathon of Battlestar Galactica (any sci-fi nerds out there?).

#4 – Trichophobia – A morbid disgust caused by the sight of loose hairs.
Worst-case scenario: Involuntary Fantastic Sam’s site inspector. - Different Psychology
“Just keep looking at the ceiling. Just keep looking at the ceiling

#5 – Phobophobia – Fear of having a phobia.
Worst-case scenario: Reading this article. If you weren’t afraid already, now you are!


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About the Author

Dr. Della Porta received his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. He enjoys playing, drums, and playing drums.

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