Strange phobias and irrational fears
In the medical community a phobia is described as being an overwhelming, irrational fear. According to Merriam-Webster.com a phobia is an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects or situation. Indeed, most of us are aware of more mainstream phobias such as hydrophobia, which of course is the fear of water and Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders which was portrayed in the 1990 movie of the same name. To date there are dozens of phobias, ranging from humorous and ironic to flat-out bazaar.
So, without further ado here are 10 very real, very unusual phobias.
Nomophobia- fear of being out of mobile phone contact. For many of us this phobia is firmly grounded in reality. Most of us detest being without our cell phones so much so that upon realizing that its missing we'll back track to retrieve it, even it means being late. It probably goes without saying that many of us tread a fine line between being staying connected and being nomophobes.
Porphyrophobia- fear of the color purple. To the average person purple may be one of the most non threatening colors in the color spectrum but to someone who suffers from porphyrobia the color purple is the cause of extreme anxiety. While this phobia is more of a strong disdain for,as opposed to a fear of, the color purple, the tale-tale symptoms of a panic attack could be triggered by situations where a is overwhelmed by the sight of the color.
Ebulliophobia- fear of bubbles. Not much can be found about this particular phobia, but this one clearly belongs in the bazaar category.
Omphalopbobia- fear of belly buttons or navels. From the top of our heads to the soles of our feet the human body is a amazing and sometimes perplexing thing. One of the silliest sounding parts of our bodies are our belly buttons, but this whimsical sounding part of our anatomy is a real phobia for some.
Genuphobia- fear of Knees or kneeling. Life without knees would prove to be a frustrating if not impossible feat for most mammals which is why genuphobia is one of the more peculiar phobias.
Turophobia- fear of cheese. Without a doubt this phobia could prove to be overwhelming as there nearly a thousand different types of cheeses. What complicates matters even further is that cheese is used as a garnish or main ingredient in an exponential amount of recipes.
Barophobia- fear of gravity. People with this phobia fear suffer from an irrational fear that the steadfast principles of gravity as we know it might spontaneously be over-exerted or fail all together leading to catastrophic results.
Alektrophobia- fear of chickens and poultry. Fear of animals in general or a particular animal is not in itself unusual, but the fact that alektrophobia includes both live fowl and slaughtered meat is somewhat strange if not laughable.
Oikophobia- fear of home surroundings and household appliances. Generally a home is suppose to be a place of refuge and solace, but for those that suffer from oikophobia, home is anything but peaceful because house, or things inside of it can incite fear.
Phobophobia- fear of having a phobia. In what seems like the most pointless and exhausting phobia known to man phobophobes fear the sensation of being scared or afraid. This phobia is cyclical in nature as the party in question must first find his or herself in a situation that made them extremely anxious or afraid. In turn this person comes to fear the neurological sensations of anxiety and fear and/or the resulting symptoms of a panic attack.