20 Of The Oddest Phobias That Are Actually Real

Ablutophobia

Ablutophobia

You're going to wind up a bit stinky if you suffer from this one because it is the fear of baths ...or you know, pretty much any form of cleaning yourself.

Ergophobia

Ergophobia

Experts reckon this one is a bit of a combination of fears such as being afraid of public speaking and other social anxieties. The word ergophobia, however, describes the fear of being at work.



Nomophobia

Nomophobia

This is the fear of being without cell phone coverage, as in no-mobile-phobia.

There are a whole lot of people (most of them living in the first world) who suffer from this phobia.

Philophobia

Philophobia

...is the fear of falling in love.

Awww....sounds like somebody's going to die lonely! (Should we be making fun of legit phobias? Probably not)



Somniphobia

Somniphobia

You might be able to figure this out from the name (and the image, of course).

It's the fear of falling asleep, which must truly suck!

Heliophobia

Heliophobia

Despite the fact that without the Sun, absolutely none of us would be here, there remains this phobia. Heliophobics are scared of the Sun and sufferers typically find they begin to suffer other problems which result, such as a vitamin D deficiency and even depression.



Chaetophobia

Chaetophobia

Usually, these people just fear their hair becoming detached from their heads, however, there are quite a few cases where people have actually been afraid of their own hair!

Just shave your head, right? Unfortunately, it's probably more like waxing your entire body, including your eyebrows.

Haphephobia

Haphephobia

...is the fear of being touched and, although uncommon and a tad weird, it's also quite understandable for certain people.



Oikophobia

Oikophobia

This isn't just the fear of toasters. It's the fear of pretty much any household appliance you might be likely to find in your home. I think it's probably time to go live in a tent if you're a sufferer.

Coulrophobia

Coulrophobia

Although weird, this is perhaps one of the most common phobias on this list. There are heaps of people who are scared of clowns!



Aibohphobia

Aibohphobia

Do you know what a palindrome is? It's a word (or number like "404") that is the same when spelled backwards as forwards. Think "Anna", "civic", kayak", "level", "madam", "mom", "noon" and even "racecar".

Aibohphobics are scared of these words and any like them. Or at least they would be if it wasn't a totally made-up phobia originating with geeky dudes with little else to do in the 80s. Presumably they chose it simply because the word itself is a palindrome...

Neophobia

Neophobia

This one makes more sense. It's the fear of new things. It's mostly old people who tend to suffer from it.



Hylophobia

Hylophobia

...is the fear of forests, trees, and even wood. We don't want to know how these people came to suffer from such a thing because it must have been traumatic and involved a beating, right? With wood, I mean...

Decidophobia

Decidophobia

As the name might suggest, this term describes the fear of making decisions. Not just being a little indecisive but people who are legit terrified of decision making.



Gephyrophobia

Gephyrophobia

These people will probably want to move inland, to a particularly arid area. It's the fear of bridges.

Descendophobia

Descendophobia

If the image and the name hasn't given it away already, this is the fear of going down stairs, or descending anything really. No, we don't know how it affects plane travel...



Trypophobia

Trypophobia

This is one of those things you always hear about because of those YouTube videos where people pop huge blackheads and that sort of stuff. It doesn't make it any less weird after being exposed to it though.

It's the fear of of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps.

Chronophobia

Chronophobia

This one is totally understandable. It's the fear of time.



Phagophobia

Phagophobia

...is the fear of swallowing. Not sword swallowing - just swallowing. That has really got to make life difficult.

Omphalophobia

Omphalophobia

Sufferers aren't concerned if you've got an innie or an outie - they're afraid of both!