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You Will Not Believe These Phobias Truly Exist

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There are more than 500 documented phobias – things that are giving people the chills to their bones. They are roughly classified into three categories: social phobias, specific phobias and agoraphobia. They also vary in their severity – some of us may feel only discomfort while some may completely go bonkers when found in their worst nightmare.

Some phobias are relatively known to the wider population. You don’t have to be a psychologist or a psychiatrist in order to know about them. The fear of death, blood, dark, flying, confined or open spaces, spiders and public speaking is relatively common in the US, as well as in other parts of the world. But what about those rare, weird conditions not many of you have heard of?

One of the craziest (and most insulting) ones is definitely the papaphobia – fear of the pope. Spiders give us the creeps and it’s relatively easy to explain. However, most people who have heard about this phobia are completely confused. The pope should be a kind and wise figure that all the Catholics turn to? Apparently – that’s not true.

Nomophobia is a consequence of the modern age and technological development. If you feel shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat or dread when you’re out without your cell phone, we’re sorry to inform you: it is nomophobia. This applies to cases where you’re out of battery or network coverage, too. If you thought only vampires would be afraid of mirrors – you are mistaken. Spectrophobia is an intense fear of looking yourself in the mirror. Heliophobia is one more “vampiric” feeling. It’s fear of the sun.

Most of us hated math when we went to school. However, this is something more serious. Arithmophobia is a severe fear of numbers and all the mathematical operations that come with them. If you have astrophobia, no “Cosmos” for you then – it’s fear of the stars.

There are much, much more fears that are truly wacky and incomprehensible. Automatonophobia – fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues – anything that represents a sentient being. Cyclophobia – fear of bicycles. Cyberphobia – fear of computers or working on a computer (sometimes we have it, especially on Mondays).

Next one may be really tough for the phobic person’s close ones. It’s ablutophobia, fear of washing and bathing. Lachanophobia (fear of vegetables) may seriously endanger your life. If you don’t eat green stuff, all sorts of troubles are waiting for you. Metallophobia is the fear of metal (but we’re not sure is the heavy metal music included).

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