Six Phobias, You Had No Idea Existed!

We do daily routines, often times not thinking about each and every activity we do. For people with phobias what seems normal to others, isn't in their lives. A phobia goes far beyond just a simple fear. It is an extreme one, that interferes so much with someones life, that it causes them to become disabled (when faced with their scary reality).

Below I will list a few:

1. Agoraphobia is characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment to be dangerous, uncomfortable or unsafe. These situations can include wide-open spaces, uncontrollable social situations, unfamiliar places, shopping malls, airports and bridges. The sufferer may go to great lengths to avoid those situations, in severe cases becoming unable to leave their home or safe haven.

Six Phobias, You Had No Idea Existed!

I personally knew of someone who lived with Agoraphobia. It turns out, leaving her home even just to go to the grocery store was a everyday battle. The only situations of comfort she would feel, was in her own home surrounded by her own family. She led an extremely lonely and self neglected life. Leaving her home unless required to (doctors appointment) was the only time she'd really step out.

2. Ablutophobia is the persistent, abnormal and unwarranted fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning. This phobia is most common in children and women.

I can imagine most of us enjoy bathing. Even those of us that aren't very fond of it, do it has a way to maintain good hygiene. For these sufferers they dread bathing to the point where it overtakes their own thoughts. With encouragement from parents, children sufferers are usually able to grow out of it.

3. Ornithophobia is an abnormal, irrational fear of birds.

I know some of us enjoy seeing birds at pet shops. Others of us enjoy feeding/petting them as well. But for sufferers of Ornithophobia going outside can be a challenge, especially when faced with the fact that one lives in a area heavily populated with birds. I once saw a story, of a woman who almost lost her job because she didn't want to leave her own home for several days. She was literally paralyzed, and bound to her bed because she felt threatened for her life when she would see the pigeons outside of her home.

4. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a phobia where suffers have a great fear of really long words, so they would be afraid to say the name of this phobia. Sufferers are afraid to speak long words, write long words, read long words, and hear or see other people use long words.

I really never thought this was even a real phobia. But if you "think" it, chances are there's a phobia for it.

(5) Anatidaephobia is defined as a pervasive, irrational fear that one is being watched by a duck. The anatidaephobic individual fears that no matter where they are or what they are doing, a duck watches.

As I put myself in a person's shoes that has this phobia , I feel very scared. This person is living in a deluted mindset. I can imagine I wouldn't seek enjoyment if I felt that I was being watched constantly by a creature that probably isn't there at all.

6. Spectrophobia is a fear of mirrors. Generally, an individual that deals with spectrophobia has been traumatized in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatized by horror films, television shows, or by nightmares.This fear could be the result of a trauma involving mirrors. It could also be the result of the person’s superstitious fear of being watched through the mirror.

Looking into a mirror, or walking past one is a every day part of our lives. It's almost inevitable to avoid a mirror. I can imagine the extent of a person's anxiety that has to deal with this very specific type of phobia.

What is your outlook on phobias in general? Do you think they are real? or just some exaggeration for attention?

If you have any phobias to share, please tell me about a few below.



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  • Whoever made up "Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" is a dick to people afraid of long words.

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    • Lol. It's supposed to be a way to help them get over their fear

  • interesting. I actually have agoraphobia, and maybe anatidaephobia, minus the duck. I'm actually also a spectrophiliac, but people tend to mistake it for narcissism.

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  • i knew this already... NEXT

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    • You are the biggest troll of all time. Is it impossible for you not to post irrelevant asshole comments? If u knew this already , move on and don't answer.
      Oh wait , I know it's all about the xper points

    • love the compliment...

      by the way i don't give a damn about points.

  • I like baths. But my fear is of snails.

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  • I think i had Ablutophobia when i was a kid, i always run from the baths

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  • Great take and quite detailed. I think I still have spectrophobia a little when I go to washroom at midnight in a big lonely (only three members in whole family) haunted house like mine.

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  • I was really scared of any spider up to ten. Then slowly this fear has come down to black and wild-dangerous spiders only.

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  • Wow that guy in the video really acts like a dick. Seriously he's making her seem ridiculous.

    I have a phobia myself too. Please don't laugh.
    Look, I'm not scared of any animal, but one. Lol. I feel so emberassed. I really hate butterflies. I'm scared of them lol, my brother and dad teased me about that.
    Look, I don't really mind the white butterflies (or the blue), they're not scary, as long as they're not multicoloured and very colourful. I'm not scared about those (the ones which are 1 colour), I just get really sweaty and over-consciousness when I see a very colourful one. Some other family members of mine are scared about butterflies too, so probably it runs in the family.

    When I get home from school, I have to get through the garden, and there were usually (a few years ago) always like 10 FREAKING COLOURED butterflies sitting on flowers next to the path I had to walk to, EVERY day of the summer lol.

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    • Whooaah I didn't even watch the whole video and it's getting only worse and worse! Why do they hurt her so much, only for entertainment?

      (Btw, I'm not THAT scared about butterflies, I just feel uncomfortable and rather don't want to be with them)

    • I hate slugs and worms and anything slimy :-(

    • Well yes they're a bit gross, true xD
      Is that your phobia? @26ukdude

  • She's funny.

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What Girls Said 5

  • interesting!!! i wasn't able to pronounce the 4th one :(

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  • Hey hey birds are freaky they are watching you O____O

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  • I had spectrophobia as a kid, wow- all this time and it was a real phobia :D
    I knew about the others but nice take :)

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  • I used to have a fear is mirrors to the point where I'm my way to the bathroom there's a mirror abovethe sink iI would duck under it but I'm over it but t I hate going to my aunts house because I sleep right in front of it I hate it but other than that I practice staring into it in the light then cutt the lights off... I don't think the fear is to bad though

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  • I had agoraphobia. I would be in my house unless absolutely necessary to leave like for school, work or errands. I'd turn down and avoid social situations especially if I felt I wouldn't have a quick, easy exit. Even now for social situations I always make a plan on how I'm going to leave very early.

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